State Schools Fight Club

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Seven employees at a state home for
the mentally disabled in Corpus Christi have been suspended for staging a "fight club."

Police say some disabled residents were forced to shove, punch and strike each other.

Someone last Friday gave a cell phone -- with videos of the fights at the Corpus Christi State School -- to an off-duty police officer.

Capt. Tim Wilson says the videos show fights dating back to 2007 and it's "pretty appalling."

Wilson says mentally disabled male clients can be seen fighting each other -- as employees watched. Police expect to file charges later this week.

Laura Albrecht with the Department of Aging and Disability Services says the videos show seven current and four former employees. Albrecht says abuse or neglect of residents won't be tolerated.

Several other agencies are also investigating.


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