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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, 2017 Susan Martin
Aug 14, 2017 Tina Bayliss
Aug 13, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Aug 11, 2017 Jason Evans This should not be happening in the 21st century. I'm disgusted.
Aug 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 10, 2017 Vanesa Randerson
Aug 6, 2017 ΚΛΑΙΡΗ ΕΥΘΥΜΙΑΔΟΥ
Aug 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2017 Penny Foster This is shocking and prehistoric treatment
Jul 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2017 Vickie Seibert Being the mother of a child with autism this sickens me deeply.....they need to shock the teachers. This is incredibly CRUEL!!!!
Jul 26, 2017 kathy l williams Discus ring practice
Jul 25, 2017 Sandra Casados
Jul 25, 2017 Edward Kiwacz
Jul 25, 2017 Mary Scheibner Sickening and torture is all I can say! This needs to stop immediately!
Jul 25, 2017 James Hunt
Jul 25, 2017 Debbie Jarvis
Jul 25, 2017 Judith O'Donnell Can not believe this is happenning
Jul 25, 2017 Sean Hodgson It is President Trump now. This is a cruel punishment. There is now way this is a humane therapy.
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2017 Mary Kachline
Jul 25, 2017 Rebecca Green Can't believe this kind of torture still goes on in 2017, they are being punished for having a disability, it's disgusting.
Jul 25, 2017 Ashley Taney
Jul 25, 2017 Anna Rego
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) If child with ASD cannot explain what he/she is filling this method is not right!!! Stop
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2017 Georgina Felix
Jul 25, 2017 Kimberly Brownholtz This is horrible. It would be a cold day in hell before this happens to my child.
Jul 25, 2017 lisa leary
Jul 25, 2017 Vanessa Simpson This should be addressed to Trump not Obama now?
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2017 Celina Villegas
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Its totally inhuman method to troture such lovely souls
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) No child should have to go through this!
Jul 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop this barbaric method
Jul 24, 2017 Gary Cable
Jul 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is torture and cruel
Jul 24, 2017 Monique Garay Stop this treatment!!!
Jul 24, 2017 Adam Latham I have asd, you don't do this, you should go to jail for this
Jul 24, 2017 Isaiah Van wijnen
Jul 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) What are these people thinking. That is plain turture =(.
Jul 20, 2017 Ann Seiling
Jul 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is nothing but abuse, stemming from the idiotic idea that autism is something to be "cured."
Jul 13, 2017 Ana María
Jul 9, 2017 Baylee Markwell
Jul 6, 2017 Joseph Salamido
Jul 5, 2017 Rebecca Whitten
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop the abuse!!
Jun 24, 2017 Jan Churchill Shocking !!!!

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