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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


Sep 22, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Barbaric
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2017 Alicja Bożek
Aug 29, 2017 Debra Keating This is horrible. It needs to stop immediately.
Aug 29, 2017 Lisa Belanger
Aug 26, 2017 Natalie williams Mother of an autistic 10 year old boy
Aug 26, 2017 Amanda Codd Stop this torture at once!
Aug 26, 2017 Kevin Miron Terrible Abuse
Aug 26, 2017 Christina Lycke You can't shock autism away. Barbaric!
Aug 26, 2017 Peter Smith This is absolutely medieval and should be banned immediately! My son has core autism highlighted this to me and I'm shocked that this tortuous treatment operates in this day and age! Absolute disgrace for a modern society! Ban it!!!
Aug 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2017 Karen Ackman
Aug 25, 2017 Marc Castro This is not the dark ages. Should be banned.
Aug 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) Judge Rotenberg Center's short cut of utilizing shock aversive theray (SAT) negates their purpose. Special needs means extra time and care in learning with a body system that doesn't work like most. Mercy, compassion and re-education, please
Aug 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2017 David Mowry
Aug 20, 2017 Linda Barner President Trump, Please put an end to this inhumane "treatment" to children!!
Aug 20, 2017 Heather Ellsworth
Aug 20, 2017 Susan Hahn
Aug 20, 2017 Kathleen Knutson
Aug 20, 2017 Jane Lemison
Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2017 mary giardino
Aug 20, 2017 Lajeanne Leveton
Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) YOU NEED TO STOP DOING THIS THANK-YOU
Aug 20, 2017 Annicka Chetty
Aug 20, 2017 Patricia Kreger
Aug 20, 2017 LAVONNE WHITEAKER I ASK THAT ALL MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS GET BEHIND THIS EFFORT TO STOP THIS INHUMANE PRACTICE. THE HELL WITH OBAMA, GO TO THE AMA!!!!!
Aug 20, 2017 Ann McNeill
Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) Of course this is a horrible thing to do to a child and should be stopped. But I think whomever is responsible for this website might want to catch up with who is President
Aug 20, 2017 corina mitrov
Aug 20, 2017 Peter Stickney This doesn't do any good and a lot of harm. Stop it! Please!
Aug 20, 2017 Catherine C Evans President Trump: Please intervene to put an end to this torture of innocent children. This has been going on for many years and has been a public outrage. This is not legal.
Aug 20, 2017 April Eversole
Aug 20, 2017 Annette Sloan
Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2017 Andrew Ruff Stop this barbaric practice NOW!
Aug 20, 2017 Kay Lee
Aug 20, 2017 kathleen killoran
Aug 20, 2017 Pamela Parker To Mr. trump - This cannot heal a child, especially one who doesn't need healing.. Ridiculous! Please put an end to the torture now. Thanks.
Aug 20, 2017 Christine stead
Aug 20, 2017 Kevin Foley ECT is harmful, especially for innocent children.
Aug 20, 2017 DeeDee Berkshire
Aug 20, 2017 Sheila Doss
Aug 20, 2017 Tanya Garrett
Aug 20, 2017 cindy lance
Aug 20, 2017 Marty Pina
Aug 20, 2017 Denise Johnson This is a little outdated, Trump is now Pres. This treatment is barbaric, it should be used on the ones doing it.

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