Former Jail Employees Have Been Charged For Forcing Inmates to Listen to ‘Baby Shark’ on Repeat
The catchy song about the family of sharks was first released by Pinkfong back in 2015 and has since been viewed more than 6.5 billion times. That doesn’t even include all of the different versions of the song that have been released since.
Does listening to “Baby Shark” ever feel like torture? Maybe it actually is torture
Three men face misdemeanor charges after forcing inmates at the prison where they worked to listen to “Baby Shark” at a loud volume for several hours. The inmates where handcuffed and secured to a wall while the music played.
Twenty-one year old Gregory Cornell Butler Jr. and Christian Charles Miles, who is also 21, were the ones who actually enforced the unusual prison punishment. Their supervisor, 50-year-old Christopher Raymond Hendershott, knew about the punishment and didn’t stop it.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater doesn’t think a misdemeanor charge is enough. He said, “It was unfortunate that I could not find a felony statute to fit this fact scenario. I would have preferred filing a felony on this behavior.”
Butler and Miles have since resigned from their jobs. Hendershott chose to retire.
If you haven’t heard the song “Baby Shark,” you can watch it below. Warning, do not play this song around young children unless you too want to have to listen to it for hours on end at a loud volume.
The version of the song below even includes the popular hand motions that all the kids know. Did we forget to mention there are hand motions? Yeah, there’s a whole dance. At least the prison inmates weren’t forced to learn the dance too.
Do you think a misdemeanor charge is appropriate for making inmates listen to “Baby Shark,” or do you think a felony charge would be more appropriate? Do you think being charged for this unusual punishment is ridiculous or appropriate?