Two Oklahoma jail guards and their supervisors were recently charged for making inmates listen to Baby Shark on repeat.
According to reports, two of the guards had forced several inmates to stand up and listen to the Baby Shark song for more than two hours at a time. The prisoners, at least four of them, were also handcuffed.
The abuse by the three employees of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department took place on several occasions in November and December 2019.
Court records have shown that the men charged are Gregory Cornell Butler Jr (21), Christian Charles Miles (21), and Christopher Raymond Hendershott, 50.
The trio was charged with misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a prisoner. The two younger men are accused as having carried out the bizarre punishments. Hendershott the supervisor is accused of turning a blind eye to their cruel behavior.
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As stated by the investigators, the guards claimed that the normal disciplinary actions at the Detention Center were not helping correct the inmates’ bad behavior. So instead they turned to their unconventional methods.
According to the investigators, Miles and Butler admitted wrongdoing and have since resigned. Hendershott meanwhile has retired. Baby Shark is a children’s song which shot to prominence in 2016. Pinkfong, a South Korean education company, is responsible for turning it into a viral phenomenon.
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