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The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) — a special needs school in Canton, Massachusetts — systemically utilizes shock aversive therapy to restrain students who they deem are acting out. These painful treatments are nothing less than torture. Four years after the FDA's request and JRC's non-compliance, more children are speaking out and the Center is now being investigated by the Justice Department.

Video footage has been made public of a teen strapped face-down to a gurney and being shocked over 30 times. Following the "therapy" session, the teen was diagnosed with acute stress and suffered long-term physical distress.

Most recently another patient has spoken out about burns and scars and suspected seizures that have resulted from the therapy.

How is this legal? These forms of torture are grave human rights offenses that cannot be allowed to continue, and it's so serious that we need the president to step in.

Ask President Obama to take swift action against JRC and to immediately outlaw the practice of shock aversive therapy.

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Dear President Obama,

I need to call your attention to a brutal practice that's taking place at a special needs school in Massachusetts called the Judge Rotenberg Center.

JRC utilizes shock aversive therapy as a means of controlling the behavior of its special needs students. Recently a video was made public that featured a teenager being tortured by JRC teachers for hours. Following the session, the student developed acute stress and long-term physical implications.

How this type of torture could still be acceptable is beyond me. Special needs students should be nurtured and encouraged — not brutally tormented in ways that only hurt them more.

I need you to step in and bring justice to these poor families who are dealing with the aftermath of shock aversive therapy. I need you to call JRC onto the chopping block and make all who were involved answer for their actions. And I need you to create legislation that would prevent further suffering on the part of special needs children.

Please do what you can to make sure our special needs students are receiving proper care and education.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures


Feb 20, 2018 Kerry Prine We actually allow these individuals to touch children? What next, blood letting to get the 'evil' out? What year is this again? Absolutely absurd. They should be arrested.
Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Feb 12, 2018 Jennifer Nease
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2018 Steven Ballinger It’s a little bit late to ask Obama considering is love in office anymore but this should be reported to the attorney general for prosecution what piece of shit could possibly think this is a effective therapy shock them
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed) Completely Inhumane and ineffective!! Spanking would be just as suitable! Ridiculous!! Abuse! Torture!
Feb 10, 2018 Bistra Staykova
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is torture...it has effects that stay with you for life. It does affect the heart, and takes the "sense" of joy right out of your life. I know first hand...it happened to me, and then I needed open-heart surgery
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 laura bruggen
Feb 8, 2018 Erin Thacker
Feb 8, 2018 Jaime Thacker
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed) This makes me sick.
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 Mitch Barany Close that school
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 31, 2018 john reese Are these people out of their god damn minds? Please, someone bring a class action suit against these sadists.
Jan 27, 2018 Lisa G.
Jan 27, 2018 angela hensley
Jan 21, 2018 Connie Jean
Jan 21, 2018 Zack Stills
Jan 21, 2018 Sofia Hällgren
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 Shabnam Shafiq Please immediately outlaw this brutal practice and end the suffering of thousands of innocent people. Thankyou
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 5, 2018 Tanja Stanfield This practice is barbaric! I cannot believe that anyone would think that it is acceptable! It has to stop now!
Jan 3, 2018 Jodi Ford
Jan 1, 2018 Mark Solomon This is the worst example of child abuse I’ve ever heard of.
Dec 30, 2017 Angela Newkand Horrific. I heard about this place a while ago and it has haunted me ever since. Pure evil nothing less .
Dec 29, 2017 Ruth Arndt
Dec 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 29, 2017 Ashley Dunn
Dec 29, 2017 (Name not displayed) This isnt right at all this not way to treat someone with austim .
Dec 29, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is a SICK practice! STOP!!!
Dec 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 29, 2017 Griselda Lomas Stop this immediately, I’m a mother off 2 boys with ASD and I would never approve of this
Dec 28, 2017 Colleen Hoffman Those who do this to these young adults must not have child on the spectrum or any child with a disability ! Would they do this to gifted children who act too ? Hmm - prob not !
Dec 28, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop this abuse.
Dec 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 21, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Dec 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) It's barbaric, and causes many ill effects, torture must be outlawed. Electric shock causes permanent damage to the electrical function of the brain. I have met a woman who went through it. it changed her forever, short term memory loss and much more!
Dec 19, 2017 Marva Mathis
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) Shock aversive therapy CAUSES MANY MORE PROBLEMS than it solves - DON'T DO IT!!!
Dec 16, 2017 André Luis Costa
Dec 16, 2017 mike nehring
Dec 13, 2017 Karrie Vukelic

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