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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


May 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2017 Amelia DeLucia I am appalled to know that this goes on! Why would parents allow their children to go there!!!
May 23, 2017 Guadalupe Rosales Salas Use your voice to stop this inhumane treatment for these children
May 23, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
May 23, 2017 (Name not displayed) If this happened to my Grandson, I would kill!!
May 22, 2017 Steve Noyes Stop this immediately!
May 21, 2017 Patty Cardona I'm sick to my stomach! Nobody deserves this type of treatment especially someone with special needs!
May 21, 2017 Amie Bednar
May 21, 2017 Angela Wong
May 21, 2017 Keith Hughes If you did this to my Autistic child it would be your last breath on this earth
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2017 Theresa Neal
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please stop this terrible abuse.
May 21, 2017 Sinta Lehman This is heartbreaking, stop this now!
May 21, 2017 Maddox Michaud
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Shocking a child will bring on fear and cause social interactions worse. This is inhuman practice which will not allow them to be independent. Psychological issues will then progress then help. This practice didn't work for tuberculosis.
May 21, 2017 Seonaidh Guthrie
May 21, 2017 Kinya S Horrible ..I cannot imagine the lain and the suffering that goes on with this brutal and hidious way of punishment
May 21, 2017 Katrina Solorio Pure Evil..Special Children just need understanding and unconditional love ❤ This madness has got to stop!
May 21, 2017 CJ Clark Stop abusing children! No one deserves that, but, especially not children! People w ASD already have enough to deal with. Don't add abuse to it to!!!!
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) That is a terrible having listen to it it's disgusting I would never do that to my child regardless of sad that's is abuse on so many levels!!
May 20, 2017 Emily Frevert Please stop the use of electroshock therapy.
May 20, 2017 Andrea Swenson
May 20, 2017 Jenny Mcnett
May 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 Kristen Martinez
May 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) My son has asd with behavioral issues and I'll tell ya nothing is worth putting a child through that not even an adult I hope it gets banned all shock treatment
May 20, 2017 Amanda Thielen
May 20, 2017 Keri Lorenz
May 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 6, 2017 Laurie Decker This is horrible,they're children and even adults should never be subjected to this. OUTLAW it.
May 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2017 Dave Blount
May 1, 2017 Kristine Wiggs
Apr 30, 2017 Debbie Fesel
Apr 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2017 Molly Simkins
Apr 24, 2017 Joanne Riley
Apr 22, 2017 Brent Greenham I couldn't watch the video,if they tried doing this with my son they would have to go through me first,I'm from canada and this should be stopped
Apr 22, 2017 Lisa Lavoie
Apr 22, 2017 Haydon Cornett I have autism, and I don't believe people deserve to be shocked with electricity for hand movements. It's very demeaning for someone to have that power over you where they get to pass judgment on whether or not you "deserve" to be punished.
Apr 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) I work with children with developmental differences, I am appalled at the use of electric shock therapy.
Apr 22, 2017 Rebecca Hartman As a mother of an autistic son I couldn't put him through something like that. That is abuse! I'm surprised they're allowed to do that. It is so sad.

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