A Recipe for Disaster: School Cops Are Being Armed with 50,000-Volt Tasers | Rights and Liberties | AlterNet

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One spring day this April, at the Franklin Correctional Institution on Florida’s Highway 67, Sgt. Walter Schmidt pulled out his Electronic Immobilization Device — EID in officer parlance — and zapped two people, who immediately “yelped in pain, fell to the ground and grabbed red burn marks on their arms,” according to the St. Petersburg Times.

The two were not inmates at the prison, however. They were students visiting the facility as part of “Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day.”

The move cost Sgt. Schmidt his job, despite his claim that he merely intended to demonstrate how the devices worked. He even asked the children’s parents who were also employees at the prison permission first. “When they said ‘sure,’ I went ahead and did it,” he told the Times.

“It wasn’t intended to be malicious, but educational. The big shock came when I got fired.”

Schmidt wasn’t alone in his job-costing blunder. In fact, it came just one day after multiple children, visiting different prisons were similarly shocked.

“A total of 43 children were directly and indirectly shocked by electric stun guns during simultaneous Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day events gone wrong at three state prisons last month,” reported the St. Petersburg Times on May 16th. “One was a warden’s daughter.”

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