A mental hospital administered *77* shocks to one inmate (we can't call them patients with treatments like this!) after a prank phone call to the center by a former student. Another poor soul received 29 unnecessary shocks. At least, that's all this hospital will admit to at present. The center "helps" people with autism and mental retardation who have "nowhere else to go" for treatment.
Please, if I ever *somehow* catch mental retardation or autism from a drinking fountain or something (ok just make up some story for the case of argument, would you please?), just let me babble and be homeless. Let me just take my chances "out there" rather than let me deal with such loving treatment for my own good.
I think it's interesting that social workers and the like are pressing charges against parents who keep their kids in "cages" while they sleep, but not against these people "yet". I could at least rationalize the "cage" thing at night. You know? Mom and dad NEED to sleep sometime and the child wanders. Solves it for me unless there's a fire, but then you come down to the old risk vs. benefit argument. You'd have to think about how likely a fire is verus how likely it is the child will wander off and electrocute himself or be hit by a car, etc. But I haven't heard anything about these hospital patients getting transferred to a place that stinkin' well cares for their well-being. Maybe their insurance "vacuums" or something... Thankfully folks in my family don't have that sort of severe disability or maybe they'd be forced into a home like that.
Maybe *I* would be forced into a home like that. I'm just one car accident away from losing all my mental abilities, you know. Christ calls us to have compassion on the widow and the fatherless, and stories like the Good Samaritan would lead me to believe He would want us to have a generous spirit and a soft heart toward those who would need some compassion.
That's why I'm thinking the prankster and the idiot who took the call and administered "punishment" should be burned at the stake.
I'm only half kidding.