Friday, April 13, 2012

Video of Boy Shocked 31 Times For Not Removing Coat Finally Released

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

“I never signed up for him to be tortured, terrorized and abused,” Cheryl McCollins told a jury on Tuesday. “I had no idea, no idea, that they tortured the children in the school.”

In February, we reported Ms. McCollins' plight and her calling for the public viewing of startling footage of her then 18 year-old son, Andre, receiving 31 electroshocks at Judge Rotenburg Center for the disabled (JRC) for not removing his jacket.

In 2002, Andre, now 27, had been zapped, restrained, sprawled out face down with a helmet, and shocked another 30 times anytime he flinched or screamed out in pain. The aversive shock "treatment" continued all day with no food, water, or bathroom breaks.

When Cheryl visited her son, he was unresponsive and later rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed with acute stress response.

McCollins is suing Canton, MA-based JRC and calling the treatment torture. Cheryl wanted the public to see this "therapy" as an unacceptable act of torture.

Of course, JRC fought vigorously to block the video release. A new Superior Court Judge on the case, Judge Barbara Dortch-Okara, refused JRC's repeated request allowing public-court viewing for the first time.

Cheryl also testified that the staff members were laughing as Andre was shocked.


JRC said Fox's coverage of the footage would make it impossible for JRC to receive a fair trial. You will soon see why.

Warning: Even this newsclip revealing moments of Andre's shock abuse is hard to watch.


Heidi Stevenson of Gaia Health downloaded JRC's handbook detailing what other "treatments" they fondly use to control handicapped and autistic children:
On pages 5 and 6 is the statement :
Stronger or more restrictive or physical aversives. Examples are … overcorrection (requiring—with physical force if necessary—a student to repeat an action many times); spanks, pinches, or muscle squeezes; vapor spray to the face; brief cool shower; bad tastes; aromatic ammonia broken under the nose; imposing manual restraint such as the 'basket hold' for a period of time; mechanical restraints such as handcuffs and/or ankle cuffs; skin-shock; 'takedowns' (several staff forcing the student down to the floor and holding him/her there until he/she stops struggling); 'mat rolling' (rolling the individual in a mat or small rug for a period of time); and mechanical restraint. PRN injections by needle of psychotropic medications also have an aversive effect in addition to their pharmacological effects.
Unusual corporal punishment - face masks - ammonia inhalation - shackles - takedowns - submission locks - cold showers - foul tastes - spraying in the face like animals - rolling the kids into rugs - food deprivation - isolation - psychotropic drugs: all practices regarded as "therapy." What is this, the Guantanamo Correction Institute?

Actually, this practice is largely inspired by Skinner's Behavior Modification Model -- and it doesn't work! Parents would never be allowed to treat their autistic children in this manner . . . and who would want to?

The federally funded JRC is already responsible for many lawsuits and at least six patients, mainly children, have died under their watch!

Fox News reports that more of the footage is expected play as court testimony proceeds.

One reporter, in 2006, documented other JRC bizarre practices like hanging Mickey Mouse posters everywhere. And former head of JRC Mathew Israel (forced to step down after a different controversy in 2007) asking unresponsive patients to blow him a kiss -- patients featured in JRC's original promos who are still there and are in worse, catatonic conditions.

A quick search into Israel, his practices, and past opens up many a disturbing can of worms.

After California changed its aversive therapy laws, the school was forced to move to a friendlier state like Massachusetts.

Why is this place still open?



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41 comments:

Anonymous said...

Geez, what is wrong with these cretins?

Tatiana Covington said...

Andre is armed. He is shocked. He kills the shocker(s). End of story.

Anonymous said...

What a shocker (seriously). And why isn't this mother being represented by the government for harm done to her child? Where is the justice when torture is used on a handicap person?

The government is a fail. The government sponsored organization are a fail. They WANT YOU DEAD OR SEVERELY DISABLED...PREFERABLY DEAD. Do you understand that folks?

Stop supporting this government. It is under the control of lunatics. The simple solution is to consider what Sheehan is doing...NOT paying taxes. This government can go to hell. And the more that support that sentiment, the quicker things change.

John Doe said...

The same government that pays the judge that allowed the footage to be released? Anon, you aren't making sense.

NewAmericaNow said...

The institution should have explained what the therapy entailed before administering it. No one should have any kind of treatment without full disclosure of the therapy and risk vs benefit and proper informed consent.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Stop supporting this thing called government as it is controlled by satan worshippers.
Render unto Caesar (Satan) that which is Caesar's (Satan's), render unto God that which is God's. Do you not understand that the choice is yours? You cannot have two masters as you will love the one and loathe the other.
It is not that hard to understand if you have half a brain. Government is and has always been satanic. They don't need your money because they control the printing presses of the Federal Reserve. Shut them down. Where do you stand? Are you an ignorant hypocrite? Judgement day cometh for all. Seek the truth, the truth shall set you free!

Anonymous said...

This is not a treatment, it is torture. Unbelieveble........

Anonymous said...

Get all the patients out of there and nuke that damn place! That is clearly Torture and absolutely unacceptable!!!! Those bastards can rot in Hell!

Anonymous said...

I guess if Obama makes it official that US citizens can be subjected to indefinite detention without trial, the government can do most anything.

mliblover said...

Nobody can think this is therapeutic. This is torture plain and simple. I worry not just for the victim but also for the creatures torturing him, I feel they must have lost their humanity.

Mack531 said...

I've spent twelve years give or take, working both as staff and in administration of a level 4-i adult residential care facility in California. If we used this kind of "therapy" on our clients, we would not only be shut down, but prosecuted and heavily fined. I have dealt with some extremely aggressive clients who were occasionally physically combative, and the best we could do was isolate them from the other staff and clients or, in a rare case, where they were 5150 (a danger to self or others) do a restraint where they were essentially placed on the carpeted floor face down and held there by multiple staff. This video shows what I can only describe as torture and wanton cruelty. Not only should that facility be closed PERMANENTLY, the individual staff should be prosecuted for assault, conspiracy and torture and barred from ever working in that kind of employment again. The footage is sickening to watch. I would be very surprised if the experience has not caused permanent psychological damage to that kid.

Anonymous said...

The United States of Torture: It's official.

TG said...

The State Supreme Court should order that each staff member/Administrator who participated directly or indirectly in this torture, be subjected to same, fired from their positions, mandated to seek psychiatric help for mental illness, and then tried in a court of law for torture of a human being and U.S. citizen. Period.

PJ London said...

Hey TG,
I think you should seek help. You want too subject them to the "same" treatment, and then to Psychiatric "help". This treatment is the psychiatric help".
They should be arrested and charged with assault, and if found guilty (Nuremburg defence is not accepted) they should be removed from society for a relevant period of time (many years).
Once you agree to torture for one, anyone, then you have no moral or ethical right or standing to condemn any other person for their actions.

timstraus said...

this is disgusting for sure, outrageous and deserving of more than any civil penalties, however, Skinner's behaviorism stated punishment is only temporary and was absolutely discouraged as it was considered ineffective, with reward and positive reinforcement for inducing lasting response to desired behavior the only path. this was purely sadistic, prehistoric methods, if one could even call them that. This is not a Skinnerian system.

Anonymous said...

I am an 80 year old father of a severely handicaped child (no longer a child, a handicaped adult), and I can't die. What will be done with and to my daughter when I am no longer here? God help me, God help her, God help us all.

Alexander Backman said...

This is what China uses to people who are addicted to the Internet. They call it social reconditioning. It is torture, plain and simple.

The Opus Dei uses it on their children in Spain as well to align them with the program.

The Elite uses it to make obedient Super Soldiers.

Prison sentence to these inbred individuals.

How can they go home and say after asking how was their day at work, Fine Honey. We had a very productive day.

NAZIization of America.

Annie said...

tortured with electric shock equipment for not removing his jacket in school??? The USA is becoming a more and more savage country each time I look.

Anonymous said...

The people responsible for this should be sent to prison permanently, no chance at parole for these evil abusers.

Save the Holy Headland said...

Please follow the campaign RESIST CARDIAC ARREST - working against electro-coercion and for Human Rights. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vatican/esp_vatican29.htm
(Meet "they who call themself humans and are not"

Anonymous said...

@ 80 year old Anon.. Is your daughter cognative? As much as I may be an "evil" naturalist, one's voice can have far greater reach than all the pyshical might in the world.

Anonymous said...

Truly disheartening. What kind of a society are we? In a way I am not surprised given the violence, including military violence, that our country espouses and engages in, both here at home and internationally. So sad....

Anonymous said...

One day, these fuks will be allowed to ride down a 50 foot razor blade into a pool of alcohol! hahaha. We'll see how they like that one.

Anonymous said...

Fukking Nazi Germany Dr. Mengela! Let's try it on them while they sit in a bathtub full of water...

Very Dumb Government said...

This is a perfect example of why none of us should trust anyone in authority for anything. They are simply too wacked-out to do anything right.

Liberals/progressives have nothing of value to say to to do for anyone and all reasonable people should never speak to liberals again. Why would any of us subject ourselves to these kinds of psychos. Psychiatrists are just as looney as the people administering the "treatment."

Oh, yeah, health care professionals; I don't think so.
The system is too FUBAR to fix; can't fix stupid.

Anonymous said...

a friend of mine lost her job as school shrink for nearly 30 years when she laid a hand of restraint on a student who was autistic and becoming violent. she did what she felt necessary to protect herself and the other students. that didn't fly in the courts. i hope this doesn't either...where are parents supposed to turn for help when they have a child beyond their ability? i'm sure this isn't the only place like this either... so sad.

Anonymous said...

Clearly the lunatics are running the asylum and are part of a much bigger asylum that is run by even crazier lunatics. Sadly it takes something like this to wake more people up as to how the lunatics are silently infiltrating society and getting a tighter and tighter grip. For things like this to still be happening in the 21st century is unbelievable.

AceAllFreedom said...

This is a total disregard of a human life. Not just the boy's life , but their life as well. If they regarded their life as important, they wouldn't commence in doing these "treatments". These people hate themselves.

baab said...

I used to be a government employee.


I found that 99 % of employees will do as they are told because they are trained to do their 'duty'.
they actually believe in the 'I am doing my duty" shit.

I eventually calibrated my ethics and left my employment with them.

hsr said...

This is just another example of the QUACKERY that calls itself psychology and psychiatry. This rotten to the core crap and cancer has now spread to all stripes of medical doctors handing out psychotropic drugs like candy. These pig psychiatrists are going about destroying the entire culture and the media for the most part blames the victims. Just think, what kind of beast would put an ice pick in your eye to effect a cure--your local psyche!!

Anonymous said...

Their excuse is "treatment". Yet no food or water for the poor kid? It all sounds like torture to me. And I cannot wait to investigate this place via military remote viewing and radionic photography, whereby their closed & locked doors cannot protect their secrets.

Anonymous said...

Excessive electrocution = torture

Excessive emotional trauma/fear = terrorism

Withholding food & water = attempted murder

Denial, twisting the truth, blaming the boy, etc = bullying

Zero staff admitting error, accepting responsibility, or not whistleblowing = pathetic

Prediction = sexual abuse at JRC

Cheryl = awesome! Go mom, fight 'em hard! Nothing your son did warrants such excessive physical violence.

Anonymous said...

Ur fucking insane u know that right

Anonymous said...

Symptomatic of a morally degraded society. President Obama the chief executive of the U.S Corporation.

Anonymous said...

trying very hard not to throw up, what is this gestapo summer camp?

Anonymous said...

This has been going on forever. In different ways. And the underlying truth is the losers that work with the handicapped, mentally retarded, autistic, autistic, even the deaf are nothing but complete and total BIGOTS. Look at the "homes" for the retarded in the 50's. They were hell holes. I have seen state employees treat groups of people with down syndrome like shit in poublic. They are arrgoant, condesending and rude. The losers that hold these jobs LOVE to get paid to think they are better than these poor souls, abuse them and again be bigots. THEY are the ones who need to be monitored and put on psych drugs, because their attitudes are juvenile, inhuman and insane. The May Institute also abuses the autistic and I think it is time every interaction should be recorded on tape where these kids parents can see what is happening 25/7 at these "schools". I hope this woman wins her case and I hope the losers that hurt this young man GO TO JAIL for a long time.

Anonymous said...

I made a typo in my comment-
This has been going on forever. In different ways. And the underlying truth is the losers that work with the handicapped, mentally retarded, autistic, *autistic, even the deaf
Should read *mentally ill

Cindy said...

Your right.Alot of the workers should be in prison

Larken Rose said...

As insane and evil as this is, it's really just a more obvious, honest version of the authoritarian training that all "schools" (and most parents) inflict on children. Normally the punishment is more subtle and less blatantly violent, but the message of "obey without question or be punished" is everywhere. You can see it in the way state mercenaries ("police") treat people, and you can see the results in the Stanley Milgram experiments, showing that above all else, Americans are trained to do as they are told--reason and morality are ignored. The reason people are rightfully shocked at this example is because the underlying attitude of ALL authoritarian training isn't hidden in this case. When people are shocked at the very notion that "obey or suffer" is the way to raise children, THEN we might see an actual change in society. Not before.

Anonymous said...

Why do parents of autistic children permit them to terrorize the rest of the family?
My neighbor's 6 year old autistic son fractured his baby sister's skull. She was hospitalized in critical condition for 3 weeks.
In the meantime he goes swimming and out for ice cream.
I would have killed the miserable brat.

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