Wednesday, March 11, 2009
New Contact Sport For Disabled Initiated By Texas Officials
(Not actual home residents - photo of typical fight using actors)
'Fight club' probed at home for disabled
Seven employees suspended at state-run school in Texas; charges expected
Tues., March. 10, 2009
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Seven employees of a state-run home for the mentally disabled in Texas have been suspended for staging fights between residents who were forced to shove, punch and strike each other, authorities said Tuesday.
Police learned of the fights when someone gave a cell phone containing videos of the brawls at the Corpus Christi State School to an off-duty officer on Friday, police Captain Tim Wilson said by phone from Corpus Christi, in the southern part of the state.
"Workers were running their own fight club using clients. It's pretty appalling that someone would think of this," he said.
One of the facility's employees, who spoke on condition of gross imbecility, said the organizers of the fights believed they were helping the residents improve their motor skills, to be able to defend themselves in case of terrorist attacks on the home. Videos of the fights were made for use in an application for federal stimulus funds, according to the imbecilic employee.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the home's director, Jake Lamotta, Jr., said the employee who spoke to us is an imbecile. "That guy is dumb as a rock," he said.