Woman Used Stun Gun To Discipline Children
People really don’t give a fawk.
According to Orlando Sentinel:
Misbehavior in a Kissimmee household resulted in an hour-long punishment called “the electric chair” with shocks from a stun gun for three children under 10, according to police.
Their caregiver defended the practice by telling a detective she only threatened her cousin’s kids with the electricity zapping between the stun-gun’s metal prongs.
Police believed the children and charged Letina Smith late Thursday with three counts of child abuse after the two brothers and their sister gave similar accounts of receiving painful shocks.
Osceola County school officials reported the possible abuse shortly after 2 p.m. when the sister asked her teacher at Sunrise Elementary School not to call her home and say she had misbehaved in class, according to the arrest report.
“(She) explained that the punishment was to get touched with a ‘taser,'” the report stated. “The electric chair consists of the child who is in trouble holding themselves… with their back on the wall and their legs forming a chair. They have to stay there for an hour and if they speak or move Letina will come up to them with the electrical weapon, “taser,” and activate and touch them with it.”
The state Department of Children and Families is also investigating. DCF handles on average 3,600 child abuse complaints every month in its 12-county region including Central Florida.
“I can only recall one other ( that involved a stun gun) but we do see all types of what we could consider ‘bizarre’ punishment,” DCF spokeswoman Carrie Proudfit wrote in an email to the Orlando Sentinel.
Children need discipline, but she didn’t have to shock them with a stun gun.