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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


Apr 23, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
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.
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Totally unnecessary!!! Mom of an autistic child
Apr 21, 2017 Amber Stranahan This is sadening, disrespectful, not to mention just out right inhumane!!
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Totally barbaric. I am disgusted. Mom of two boys with autism.
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is so wrong and unacceptable. Try it on the staff and see if they like it!!!
Apr 21, 2017 Ana Lakic Stop the torture!
Apr 21, 2017 Terry Rice I can't belivie they can do this,It needs to stop.
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) sickening for every person who has used this form of child abuse on a child they should be put in the electric chair and put out of there misery evil people need treating with a taste of there own medicine so angry this had made me
Apr 21, 2017 Jan Horchar This is sick!!!!!!!
Apr 21, 2017 Chloe Campos This is disgusting and abuse! I can't believe this is allowed in the United States! I'm a mom of two autistic sons, positive reinforcement works. Please stop this!
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) No way should this even be allowed.. Should nott of passed judgement!!!!
Apr 21, 2017 Pratt Jordan
Apr 21, 2017 Ruby Espino
Apr 21, 2017 Diane lyle This is torture and should not ever be used at any school or anywhere!
Apr 21, 2017 Tanya Pettiford
Apr 21, 2017 Rose Abyssinian
Apr 21, 2017 Rebecca Moyle
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Utterly barbaric practices, autism, speciak needs has to be dealt with compassionately
Apr 21, 2017 Jesse Galang I have a daughter who is autistic and I can't believe what I saw and read. How do people live with them selfs after doing this to a child.
Apr 20, 2017 Talia Howard This is so wrong President Trump and it must stop now!
Apr 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2017 Courtney Taves This needs to stop its inhuman and child abuse.
Apr 20, 2017 Yolanda Gonzalez
Apr 20, 2017 Dianalynn Cody
Apr 20, 2017 Cliff Jones I don't think that was Acceptable. I have Autism. I would not like it AT ALL if I was Subjected to Shock Treatments Multiple Times a day. Very Sad that this still happens in America
Apr 20, 2017 Jeannette haudenschield
Apr 20, 2017 Joelle Badgley
Apr 20, 2017 Munaza Adnan If such therapies really work in aquiring the desired results then all "normal" people with abmormal problems like theft etc should also be given such therapy than a sentence .
Apr 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2017 Linda Ware This is unacceptable maybe giving it to the ones doing the applications would be more appropriate ...This needs to stop
Apr 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2017 Bethany Ragsdale
Apr 20, 2017 Aminath Reena This kind of practice is really disgusting and inhuman. And it needs to stop right now!!!!
Apr 20, 2017 Robin Jackson
Apr 20, 2017 Shavon Benz
Apr 20, 2017 Robert Whitehill
Apr 20, 2017 Leza Rector I cant believe in this day such barbaric practices would be tolerated. I am disgusted !!
Apr 20, 2017 Cassie Rudiger I teach children with severe autism. If anyone tried to do this to my students they'd have to get through me first!
Apr 20, 2017 Michelle Brown This practice should be banned immediately!! It is wrong to treat individuals, especially those with disabilities, like this!! I have a son with ASD and could never imagine letting him be subjected to such torture!!
Apr 20, 2017 Valerie Tanner
Apr 20, 2017 Kim Gray
Apr 20, 2017 Cynthia Fernandez
Apr 20, 2017 Viviana Rodriguez This is just wrong. This is inhumane. It is punishing them being born different.
Apr 20, 2017 Jessica Lopez-Miro
Apr 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) This would never be allowed for neurotypical children so why is it allowed on autistic children.

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