Fla. corrections officer fired after zapping kids

CARRABELLE, Fla. (AP) - Department of Corrections Secretary Walt McNeil has ordered an investigation of the April 24 incident at the Franklin Correctional Institution.

Sgt. Walter Schmidt says the parents gave him permission to
shock the children with a handheld stun device.

Such devices are typically used to subdue unruly or uncooperative inmates and must be in direct contact with the person to deliver the shock.

Schmidt was fired. Warden Duffie Harrison said Schmidt zapped
"at least two kids."

The children's names and ages were not released.
Information from: St. Petersburg Times, http://tampabay.com

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