HR Strange But True!
May 19, 2009

It's not very often that employees get fired because of their actions during "Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day.” But not every employee works in the Florida Department of Corrections and is accused of zapping co-workers' kids with a stun gun as part of the days' activities.

The Miami Herald reports that the head of the Florida Department of Corrections recently revealed that 3 prison guards were fired and several others disciplined after children of DOC employees were exposed to shocks from stun guns during ''Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day.”

The incidents took place at 3 separate prisons during April. About 14 children were shocked by the stun guns directly, and 29 others were exposed when they held hands with someone who was being shocked (allowing the electricity to flow from one kid to the next), the newspaper reports.

The head of the DOC, Walter McNeil, tells the newspaper that no children were physically harmed and most of the parents had given the prison guards their permission. There was at least one notable exception: The warden of the Indian River Correctional Institution said he never gave permission to shock his daughter.

''I can't imagine what these officers were thinking to administer this device to children, nor can I imagine why any parent would allow them to do so,'' McNeil said. ``This must not happen again.''

The newspaper notes that because of the “Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day” incidents, more children than DOC inmates have been shocked with stun guns in 2009. This year, DOC guards haven't used the stun guns on any prisoners.

Source: Miami Herald

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