I have heard about cattle prods. I have not had any experience with them. I'm glad to say that. If those things had been invented when I was being tortured at age 12, I'm sure he would have used it. It is something like a charcoal lighter for a bar-b-que but bigger. It can make a bull move when he doesn't want to. But when used on a human being it has to be a cruel tool.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle_prodhttp://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-cattle-prod.htm
I heard about these tools when I went to the school where Temple Grandin now teaches. She abhors the hurting of animals and she would never use one even on cows. So if it's not good with cows then what kind of a person would use it on a little boy? You answer.
I hope this response does not encourage the use of this instrument more.