CALHOUN, Ga. — Staff at Georgia Cumberland Academy (GCA) have tested a stunningly effective disciplinary tool. “Gentle Tasers” provide what GCA administration described as “a cautionary jolt” to erring students. The Gentle Tasers emit less of an electric shock than generic tasers. Academy officials say the new disciplinary technology has a track record of incurring “no serious damage” to the recipient in the “vast majority of applications” over a 12-day test at the end of last school year.
“In my day they put us on social as a form of discipline. This basically meant you were confined to the dorm and given extra chores. Gentle Tasers are far more efficient. One quick shock and you’ve got their full attention,” said Bo Harlinger, Assistant Men’s Dean.
Harlinger shared that the first few times he tazed a student he felt a little awkward, but that “practice makes perfect.”
GCA has placed strict limits on how long students can be tazed. “Shocks must last under four seconds and disciplinary application must be limited to three shocks in sequence.”
Over the course of the Gentle Taser testing period, staff reported a “shockingly high obedience rate across the student body.” Students were well-mannered, punctual and cooperative in all aspects of school life.
“GCA is clearly on the cutting edge of Adventist discipline,” said Georgia Cumberland Conference Education Director, Dave Romely. “Other schools can learn from this best practice.”
“Academy discipline has never been an easy battle but we feel that we have uncovered a fail-safe method to keep our students focused and productive come next school year,” said a GCA staff-wide memo.
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