Texas “Fight Club” at school for mentally disabled
Posted Mar 11 2009 3:41pm
These sort of stories just anger us all, I know. But, these stories need to incite some public outrage.
CNN has a story about a Texas school for the mentally disabled where the staff appear to have been staging “fight clubs” amongst the students.
The situation came to light when a cell phone was found with videos. Yep, someone had been making videos of the fights since at least 2007.
Corpus Christi police received the cell phone a week ago, Wilson said, after someone found it and gave it to an officer working security at a hospital. The officer looked at several of the videos and then gave the phone to the police’s forensic unit for analysis. More videos were found in the phone’s memory.
“It appears it was some sort of a fight club,” Wilson said. Twenty videos were found on the phone, with dates going back about a year. All the videos featured the school’s “clients,” who are severely mentally handicapped, he said.
In case you are reading this: Mr. Security officer, you did right. Too bad you weren’t around to stop the fights.
Here’s how the fights are described by CNN:
On the videos, the clients “are not upset like they are being forced,” Wilson said. “They are being more goaded into it. There’s a lot of voices on there from workers … saying, ‘Look at that, ha ha’ ... laughing, stuff like that.”
No clients are seen crying, upset or injured on the videos, he said, but none of the workers is seen stopping the fighting.
“The fighting entails pushing, wrestling and some shoving,” Wilson said.
So, likely there weren’t many injuries that would raise red flags. But, I am still enraged. What kind of sick person would encourage and get pleasure out of this?
To the Corpus Cristi police and District Attorneys: I know that the laws tend to be weak in fighting this sort of abuse. Please do everything you can to make sure the people responsible are punished.