Saturday, May 16, 2009

fired for fun

From Instapundit, here is yet another example of a terrible injustice done in the name of protecting the children from any remotest possible risk of any kind.
Three prison guards have been fired, two have resigned and 16 more employees -- from corrections officers to a warden -- will be disciplined due to the incidents that unfolded April 23, said DOC Secretary Walt McNeil. An investigation is ongoing.

None of the children in any of the incidents required medical attention or was notably harmed, McNeil said. He said the children, who ranged in age from 5 to 17, were all children of prison officials.

In nearly every case, the guards had permission from parents or grandparents to administer the ''electronic immobilization devices,'' McNeil said.

''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.''
That's it. Go read the article yourself and you will find no further justification for five people losing their jobs and sixteen others being disciplined than "this must not happen again". Why must it not happen again? The article itself tells you that no one was injured.

I just hate to see how the nanny state punishes adults for not going along with their "all children must be raised as delicate flowers" agenda. It is wrong to punish people for what is essentially a disagreement on how to raise children --there was no hostility or intentional cruelty here; it was just that some people think it's OK for children to actually feel what pain feels like. Pain happens, you know. Are you really doing kids a favor by making sure that they have no prior experience with pain when it finally happens in a serious emergency?