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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


Aug 16, 2018 Catherine Hertfelder
Aug 6, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 5, 2018 Kristi Weber
Aug 4, 2018 Linda McIntyre
Aug 1, 2018 Patricia Rodzewich
Aug 1, 2018 Dorothy Ginocchio
Jul 31, 2018 Wendy Reid It’s abuse and torture of the worst kind defenceless children and adultswith no voice
Jul 30, 2018 (Name not displayed) Stop this now.
Jul 29, 2018 Stephanie Cantu This is horribly cruel, inhumane and abuse. These children need care, redirection and compassion to grow and learn not pain. How can you call this therapy? I'm saddened and sickened by this. No child or adult should be subjected to this ever!
Jul 29, 2018 Sherri Adams
Jul 29, 2018 Jenifer Hyde This is beyond cruel
Jul 29, 2018 Valeri Harbin I have a son with Autism. I can't believe someone would hurt him for behavior he can't control.
Jul 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2018 (Name not displayed) I thought we had outlawed this. I guess not, but we should!!
Jul 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2018 Brian Edmonson
Jul 21, 2018 Rachel Canelon
Jul 10, 2018 Lianne Horrocks
Jul 10, 2018 Cheri Kirby Shock Aversive Therapy is barbaric!
Jul 6, 2018 Karen Frye This is inhumane.
Jun 30, 2018 Barbra Clark
Jun 27, 2018 Kelly Dickey
Jun 17, 2018 Beatrice Costagliola Send my protest to Pres. Trump
Jun 15, 2018 Melissa Tolson
Jun 11, 2018 Lisa Gray I have depression and it was mentioned that this may help me. There is NO WAY I would do this, and NO ONE should be doing it ANYONE that doesn't agree to having it done to them!
Jun 9, 2018 Elizabeth Marriott Stop the abuse!
Jun 8, 2018 André Kellerman
Jun 7, 2018 Dianne Brekhus
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
Jun 2, 2018 Maria Prinsloo President Obama? This petition needs to be updated. Although President Obama would have card, I doubt that Trump will...
May 25, 2018 Lori Brown
May 22, 2018 Martha Marsh CBD oils !!!!!!.
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2018 Lauren Laass This is inhumane.
May 13, 2018 Persephone Luna Rebelkatt Schizophrenia runs in my family, so this subject is inhumane to me, whatever indoctrinated sadistic excuse the TYRANTS use to continue trauma based mind control. i think anyone voting for its continuance deserve a go of the treatment themselves.
May 12, 2018 Carol Huddlestun
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2018 Jennifer Johnson
Apr 27, 2018 Susan Dunietz It's a little late to send this to President Obama, but if this is still going on, it needs to end NOW, and I hope this petition will be sent to whatever official(s) have the power to change it. This is truly a horrific practice.
Apr 27, 2018 Merry Drew
Apr 27, 2018 Andries Grobbelaar
Apr 18, 2018 Amy Weise
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed) 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. This is cruelty. How could you!!!
Apr 7, 2018 d law Dr President Obama????? check your letter
Apr 6, 2018 Lisa vasta

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