Cops are accused of child abuse over prison discipline program

Cops are accused of child abuse after footage emerges of officers violently shoving and screaming at teens as part of a prison-inspired disciplinary program Video shows children and teenagers being disciplined by officers from the Chester County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina They are part of a prison-inspired disciplinary program for troubled youth  Program involves children spending a weekend in prison to teach them a lesson Some psychologists have slammed the recent footage saying the treatment the youth are subjected to is child abuse  Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood, who has been running the program for years, has denied that the treatment of the children is abuse 

By Emily Crane For Dailymail.com

Published: 16:17 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 16:17 GMT, 1 March 2019

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Footage has emerged of South Carolina sheriff's deputies violently shoving children and screaming in their faces as part of a prison-inspired disciplinary program for troubled youth.

The video, which was shot by the Charlotte Observer, shows children and teenagers being disciplined by officers from the Chester County Sheriff's Office.

The program, called Project STORM, is aimed at high-risk youth and involves parents sending their children to prison for a weekend to teach them a lesson.

While the program has been running for several years, some psychologists have slammed the recent footage saying the treatment the youth are subjected to is child abuse.

The video shows children and teenagers being disciplined by officers from the Chester County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina as part of a prison-inspired disciplinary program for troubled youth

The video shows children and teenagers being disciplined by officers from the Chester County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina as part of a prison-inspired disciplinary program for troubled youth

The children who participate in the program are handcuffed and treated like real criminals in an attempt to help curb unruly behavior.

The recent video, parts of which were filmed in June last year and January, shows officers handcuffing children as young as eight.

They are also filmed shoving and grabbing the children, screaming in their faces and forcing them to do prison yard exercises for long periods of time. 

Some boys were filmed sobbing and a 12-year-old even collapsed while carrying a

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