Here are more examples of misconduct by DHS employees. All suspensions were without pay:
• A worker at the Tulsa children's shelter was fired for making violent threats. She was heard saying she would “knock the children in their necks and put them in the closet.” She also pointed her hand like a gun and talked of hurting someone on the job if they kept making things difficult for her. She told several employees she might shoot an acquaintance's truck full of holes.
• A Bryan County child-welfare specialist was suspended for five days for driving a state car home from Dallas while intoxicated. She had been at a Crimes Against Children conference but left a day early after arguing with a co-
• A worker at the DHS state hot line was fired after three years of mishandling calls about child abuse and neglect. He frequently failed to take down sufficient information. He was rude to callers. He sometimes failed to get investigations under way, once resulting “in children living in an unsafe environment going missing.” He once left 80 minutes early without permission and another time left the hot line unattended when a co-worker was late.
• An Oklahoma County social services specialist was suspended 30 days for incompetence in getting benefits to needy families. The recounting of her errors covered nine pages. One family was shortchanged $1,310 in food stamps. Another time, the state overpaid $2,710 in benefits.
• A Carter County child-welfare specialist was fired for failing to take a teenager at the Ardmore children's shelter to a hospital emergency room. The teenager, who had asthma, was fighting for air and coughing. Earlier in the night, the worker had treated the teenager herself with the worker's son's inhaler. The worker was reprimanded previously for false testimony to a judge.
• An Oklahoma County social services specialist was fired for falsifying documents. She reported verifying bank account balances of benefit applicants when she had not.
• A Latimer County social services specialist was fired for repeatedly bullying a co-worker. She was accused of telling the co-worker at least 48 times, “I'm going to stick my boot up your ass.” She also was rude to her supervisor and threatened and intimidated DHS clients. She told an investigator, “This is the way I am, and I am not changing.”
• An Oklahoma County social services specialist was suspended for five days for arguing with a DHS client who had mental problems. The situation got out of hand and a security guard had to be called. “As the family exited the building, you yelled at them to ‘get out' and threatened to ‘wipe them out of the computer,' according to the mother's statement,” a director wrote.
• An Oklahoma County administrative technician was fired for faking doctor visits to get off work. She had a friend pose as a nurse as part of the deception. She said she took time off because she was “tired of getting blamed for everything.”
• Two workers at the Oklahoma City children's shelter were fired for using excessive force on an 8-year-old boy and for threatening him with serious physical injury.
• A direct-care specialist at the Pauls Valley center for the mentally disabled was fired for grabbing glasses off a resident's face and pretending to put them in the trash. He had been suspended before for threatening to rip a nurse's wig off.
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