posted on Apr, 13 2012 @ 05:26 PM
This sort of sadistic punishment in institutionalized settings is more common than most people would like to believe.
I have worked in MHMR Texas (mental health mental retardation) on the mental retardation side. The things that go on in institutions that house those
with MR and autism are beyond description. Let me just say that the employees are severely underpaid, so the really talented ones with education go
elsewhere. You are left with staff that is usually young, uneducated, inpatient, often on drugs, and on a power trip with a bunch of poor defenseless
patients. I have been told by those who work at such places that many of the younger employees are regular drug abusers (typically benzodiazepams
such as Xanax, opiates such as Vicodin and Oxycontin, Ritalin and methamphetamines), so many of them are high as kites while on the job.
Some of the things I KNOW for a fact go on in these places: Sexual abuse, rape, torture, physical abuse, putting patients in embarrassing situations
and then laugh at them, pitting patients against each other and making them fight until one of them passes out, physically restraining patients by
sitting on them until they pass out, encouraging patients to ingest drugs not prescribed to them, and plenty of verbal abuse. When young girls there
end up pregnant, it is blamed on another patient and abortions are quickly and quietly arranged.
These places are sick, sadistic warehouses where our society puts adults with mental disabilities that we don't want to deal with or see. The
funding for these places is very low, and the employees tend to cover for each other.
I'm not saying that every employee of these places such as State Schools are drugged out sadists, but there are enough of them on the job to make
these places living hells for many of the unfortunate patients who have no place to go.
Once these patients can no longer attend public school (they can go until they are 21 years old), most parents cannot deal with the full time job of
caring for them, watching out for them, and dealing with melt-downs, tantrums, and other behavioral difficulties. Our government doesn't want to pay
for in-home help, so these parents, exhausted, confused and heart-broken, end up putting their kids in these places because there is no where else for
them to go.
The increasing number of children being born with severe autism and mental retardation is rising sharply. Nobody wants to think about what the
options for these kids will be. Nobody wants to understand how difficult it is to have a severely handicapped child in the home. The kids who are
normal are ignored and neglected, because both parents have to deal with the handicapped one. Usually marriages split up, leaving many of these
patients with single mothers or fathers.
There are so many issues related to this, I could write a book on it. Suffice to say, this is a HUGE societal problem for which there is no easy
solution, except to stop pissing away our tax dollars on foreign nations, and put that money into helping those in need. Short of throwing a bunch of
money at it, in order to retain quality employees (in Texas, state school employees who deal directly with the patient population get around $8.50 per
hour), and better facilities, I can only see this problem getting worse.
Let me leave you with this thought: There are tens of thousands of these patients hidden away in state schools and group homes. Most of these are so
overcrowded that there is a waiting list. We never see or hear of their plight until stories like these come to light. We have a real problem on our
hands which will only get worse as the years go by. What is the answer???