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Torture, not medicine. Graphic scene of shock treatment on young boy

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"They say this is healing. It's torture, electric shock therapy used to stop aggressive behavior. There was a major struggle to prevent a jury from seeing this treatment on tape. Graphic video of teen being restrained, shocked played in court: MyFoxBOSTON.com"

Thanks to Facts for Working People for bringing this to our attention and for the words above...Can this happen here or where you live? Comments and information very welcome....

Graphic video of teen being restrained, shocked played in court: MyFoxBOSTON.com

Since I posted this, more information has come out and a petition has been raised. I received the following message from  change.org:

In 2002, a special needs student named Andre McCollins was allegedly strapped down and electrocuted for hours, leaving him with permanent brain damage, all because he refused to take off his jacketThe people torturing Andre were officials at his school. You can watch what happened on video.

The video was shot at a Massachusetts school for special needs kids called the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC). Gregory Miller used to be a teacher there, and he says electrocuting kids as punishment is extremely common -- even for minor offenses like raising your hand to go to the bathroom.

"A non-verbal, nearly blind girl with cerebral palsy was shocked for attempts to hold a staff member's hand -- her attempts to communicate and to be loved," Gregory says.

Gregory desperately wants to help the kids at the JRC - that's why he started a petition onChange.org demanding that the JRC stop using electroshock to punish kids. Click here to add your name.

Gregory says the JRC's founder created electroshock devices which are even stronger than police stun guns to punish students for bad behavior. An official at the United Nations said that using these devices on children is considered torture.

According to the Boston Globe, the JRC’s founder resigned after being charged with misleading a grand jury by destroying video footage of other students being shocked.

Gregory believes that if thousands of people sign his petition, his former bosses will capitulate in the intense pressure generated by a national spotlight.

Click here to sign Gregory's petition demanding that the JRC immediately cease its practice of punishing special needs kids with electroshock devices.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Jon and the Change.org team 

 

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