Friday, November 12, 2004

Stun Guns or Hot Sauce -- A Comparative Study on Child Discipline

Miami-Dade County police used a stun gun on a 6-year-old boy in his principal's office because he was wielding a piece of glass and threatening to hurt himself. Go ahead -- read that again. It won't sound any better. The boy was shocked with 50,000 volts on October 20 at Kelsey Pharr Elementary School.
Is it just me, or couldn't they have just grabbed the kid? Was he an abnormally large 6-year-old? They had two freakin' cops there, and they had to Taser a child?

Should this child reattempt his actions, Lisa Whelchel ("Blair Warner" from The Facts of Life) might suggest using hot sauce on the child's tounge (to be fair, she does say to use a "tiny bit") as a deterrent to future bad behavior. Paul McIlhenny, president and CEO of the McIlhenny Co., (which produces Tabasco hot sauce), has said he views the practice as "strange and scary" and "abusive."