World's Smartest Prison Officer Fired After Using a Stun Gun on Visiting Children

Bad idea: using a taser on someone who's done nothing wrong. Very, very bad idea: using a taser on a bunch of kids visiting a prison for Take Your Son or Daughter to Work Day.

You've got to wonder just what was going through prison officer Walter Schmidt's head when he decided to use a 50,000-volt stun gun on some kids visiting the Talahassee prison he worked at. One of the kids ended up going to the hospital and, not surprisingly, Schmidt got fired.

37-year-old Schmidt told officials who later fired him that he had only been trying to show the children - whose parents all work at the jail near Tallahassee - what a typical day involves while handling unruly inmates.

'It wasn't intended to be malicious, but educational,' he explained to the St Petersburg Times.

'The big shock came when I got fired.'

The jokes just write themselves, don't they? [Daily Mail via The Daily What]