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jubei33
11th March 09, 10:33 AM
'Fight club' set up at school for mentally disabled, police say (http://edition.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/03/10/texas.school.fight.club/index.html)


(CNN) -- Workers at a Texas state school for mentally handicapped adults are believed to have been staging a "fight club" among residents, encouraging them to physically battle one another, police told CNN Tuesday.

A cell phone containing videos of the alleged abuse at the Corpus Christi State School in Corpus Christi, Texas, was turned over to police last week, and authorities are expecting to file arrest warrants this week, Corpus Christi police Capt. Tim Wilson told CNN.

The incidents are believed to have taken place in a school dormitory, Wilson said.

"This has been going on for some time," Wilson said. "That is what makes this an exceptional case. It is not the workers abusing the clients, so to speak. The workers are not hitting them, but they are allowing these clients to fight with each other, thereby endangering their well-being."

"These people are charged with the care and custody of these clients, and they are exploiting (them)," he said.

Those involved will likely face charges of injury of a disabled person, Wilson said. The charge's severity can range up to a third-class felony, depending on the extent of a person's involvement, he said. The actual charges, however are left up to the Nueces County District Attorney, which is participating in the investigation along with the Texas Inspector General's Office, he said.

Seven school employees have been placed on paid emergency leave by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, according to spokeswoman Cecilia Fedorov. Some former workers also will be interviewed, authorities said.

Fedorov said the agency received a phone call Friday from the state Department of Family and Protective Services, saying they had been alerted to the situation by police and were opening an investigation into possible abuse or neglect.

The employees on leave cannot come on to campus, but must sign in at the gate every day they are on leave, Fedorov said.

State officials are awaiting the outcome of the investigation to determine whether they should take further action, she said.

Wilson said Corpus Christi police received the cell phone a week ago, when a citizen found it and gave it to an officer working security at a hospital. The officer looked at several of the videos, 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.

On the videos, "they (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 no workers are seen stopping the fighting.

"The fighting entails pushing, wrestling and some shoving," Wilson said. Police do not believe anyone was seriously injured, he said, but the investigation is ongoing.

"Four or five clients have been identified and at least five workers, possibly as many as 10," he said. "Some are more active in staging the fights, and some others passively stand around not doing anything."

The clients are all adult males, ranging in age from their late teens into their 30s, he said. As part of the investigation, the Inspector General's office has interviewed some of the clients, Wilson said.

Asked whether the school had previously been investigated for abuse, he said, "This is the exception. Over the years, we have had isolated instances of abuse we have investigated. Every once in a while, the school itself would report a case, but this appears to be organized."

Police believe, based on the videos, the "fight club" was confined to one dormitory, he said.

See what I heard was they were trying to prove it exists. The DOD would pay big money for some seriously special forces.

rw4th
11th March 09, 10:39 AM
If you could find a way to harness retard strength and old man strength in pill form you could sell it to athletes as a safe alternative to steroids.

I completely approve of this research

partyboy
11th March 09, 11:10 AM
retard strength = push fight.

jkdbuck76
11th March 09, 11:36 AM
Wow. Some people have no souls.
I admit it, we all LOFMAO here in the office, but that is some cruel shit.

HappyOldGuy
11th March 09, 12:05 PM
Wow. Some people have no souls.
I admit it, we all LOFMAO here in the office, but that is some cruel shit.
^^^This. For all the lulz, this is some of the most abusive shit I've heard in a while.

3moose1
11th March 09, 12:35 PM
If you could find a way to harness retard strength and old man strength in pill form you could sell it to athletes as a safe alternative to steroids.

I completely approve of this research

True story, old men do have some seriously crazy strength.

Like, Oh hi, I'm Moose, /handshake

OH DEAR GOD, WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE VICE GRIPS YOU CALL HANDS?!

Spade: The Real Snake
11th March 09, 12:41 PM
^^^This. For all the lulz, this is some of the most abusive shit I've heard in a while.

It reminds me of the people that abuse the elderly in nursing homes. They become so desensitized and uncaring, they forget these are actually people with families.



And moose could create enough energy for a small city with his retard power.

Fearless Ukemi
11th March 09, 12:44 PM
You know...I dropped by here today just to create this thread and of course someone beats me to it.

Tanhalen21
11th March 09, 01:34 PM
True story, old men do have some seriously crazy strength.

Like, Oh hi, I'm Moose, /handshake

OH DEAR GOD, WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE VICE GRIPS YOU CALL HANDS?!

C'mon, Moose we all know...

You know what, this one's too easy.

Cullion
11th March 09, 02:29 PM
I think being a care worker can desensitize you definitely. I dated a nurse once who laughed herself silly when she saw a 80-year old woman fall in the street and wet herself.

Spade: The Real Snake
11th March 09, 02:31 PM
I think being a care worker can desensitize you definitely. I dated a nurse once who laughed herself silly when she saw a 80-year old woman fall in the street and wet herself.

Dude, that *is* funny.......

HappyOldGuy
11th March 09, 02:35 PM
I think being a care worker can desensitize you definitely. I dated a nurse once who laughed herself silly when she saw a 80-year old woman fall in the street and wet herself.

It's also possible that "cullion dating" biases the selection.


Just sayin!

Spade: The Real Snake
11th March 09, 02:38 PM
And by "nurse" he means "costumed escort" and by "date" he means "paid" and by "80 year old woman fell in the street and wet herself" he means "pulled down my pants."

The "laughed herself silly" part remains unchanged.

MrBadGuy
11th March 09, 04:34 PM
Only in Texas.




Only in Texas.

Cullion
11th March 09, 04:59 PM
It's also possible that "cullion dating" biases the selection.


Just sayin!

You have no idea how true that is. This was when I was 19. I had even worse substance abuse issues than today and she and I met at a death metal club where she warmed to my manly power by dint of the fact that I told her boyfriend he was a faggot to his face whilst groping her boobs. :(

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
11th March 09, 05:07 PM
True story, old men do have some seriously crazy strength.

Like, Oh hi, I'm Moose, /handshake

OH DEAR GOD, WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE VICE GRIPS YOU CALL HANDS?!

that's not strength
old people seriously overdo handshakes
the worst are the ones whose hands are so bloated that i can't fucking grasp them, so my handshake ends up being too limp and effeminate by comparison


she warmed to my manly power by dint of the fact that I told her boyfriend he was a faggot to his face whilst groping her boobs. :(

turns out that this doesn't work on ALL girls

ICY
11th March 09, 05:09 PM
"The fighting entails pushing, wrestling and some shoving,"

Ok, seriously...for fuck's sake, that's not fighting. And no one got hurt. Or upset. At all. For fuck.

SoulMechanic
11th March 09, 05:53 PM
that's not strength
limp and effeminate by comparison


From reading your posts, it seems you have many problems of this nature.

SoulMechanic
11th March 09, 05:56 PM
Ok, seriously...for fuck's sake, that's not fighting. And no one got hurt. Or upset. At all. For fuck.

Agreed. The worst that could have come of this is if one ore more parties were to slip and crack their head open from a pool of their collective drool.

HappyOldGuy
11th March 09, 06:11 PM
Ok, seriously...for fuck's sake, that's not fighting. And no one got hurt. Or upset. At all. For fuck.

You looked pretty pissed after that downs kid tapped you out.

Zendetta
11th March 09, 06:30 PM
Wow, so Toby's dreams of fighting professionally could still come true?

jubei33
12th March 09, 03:15 AM
nah, professional implies being paid, rather than taken advantage of.

Sun Wukong
12th March 09, 05:33 AM
even if these guys weren't in any real danger of harming one another, being used for entertainment by people being paid to provide care is pretty fucked up. It's a matter of human dignity.

socratic
14th March 09, 08:28 AM
even if these guys weren't in any real danger of harming one another, being used for entertainment by people being paid to provide care is pretty fucked up. It's a matter of human dignity.

But clearly those in need of carers aren't human, right?

Right?