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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


Jan 18, 2017 Paul Williams
Jan 18, 2017 Theresa Apodaca
Jan 18, 2017 Nina Domergue
Jan 13, 2017 LINDA WHEELBARGER IT IS BARBARIC & CRIMINAL
Jan 12, 2017 Brian Le Flem
Jan 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) The is NEVER ANY REASON to use electroshock on a child. It is TORTURE NOT THERAPY. Anyone who uses it should be arrested for aggravated battery of a child.
Jan 8, 2017 Christian Frates I have Autism and I find this completely insulting for people within the spectrum.
Jan 6, 2017 Jessica Lange
Jan 1, 2017 Zed Langston
Dec 29, 2016 julian zrnic
Dec 27, 2016 Daisy Mancia
Dec 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 21, 2016 Andy Murphy
Dec 20, 2016 P Kae Novotny I sign petitions everyday to protect and sustain wildlife; wolves, grizzlies.....Sad and ironic that it is only humans who torture each other. It is only humans who do not protect their children with their lives. Only humans abuse their own offspring.
Dec 11, 2016 Benjamin Johnson As a professional youth worker, and a dad, I am appalled at the idea that someone could even think that this kind of treatment is appropriate for any age, let alone children and adolescents. This is a gross perversion of the word "therapy". Fix this now.
Dec 7, 2016 HOWARD BLOCK
Dec 1, 2016 Nicky M
Nov 29, 2016 Jo Anne Godwin This horrendous practice should be banned. It is totally unacceptable.
Nov 24, 2016 nicole trandel my son is special needs and I would not want this treatment used on my son!!!!!! . It needs to be ended immediately this is not the way to help children by shocking them..Its appalling.
Nov 24, 2016 K Zoll
Nov 22, 2016 m b
Nov 1, 2016 Janika Kinnunen
Oct 25, 2016 Marsha Croner
Oct 21, 2016 Patricia Dabney
Oct 21, 2016 Judith Lindley Psychiatry has a long and not very bright history of using electroshock 'treatment' for conditions identified as 'mental illness'. ECT has followed insulin coma therapy into the trashcan, as has electroshock to 'treat' homosexuality. Scrap it for autism.
Oct 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2016 Ursula Kitchen
Oct 13, 2016 Cindy austin
Oct 10, 2016 Lyssa Twomey
Oct 10, 2016 Mrs Sandra Grandstrand STOP THIS NOW!!!!
Oct 10, 2016 Ms. Jocelyn Valdez-Loqui
Oct 10, 2016 susan closson
Oct 10, 2016 Philip Rousseau
Oct 10, 2016 Jo Pfeffer
Oct 10, 2016 (Name not displayed) Yeshua Messiah died on the cross for your sins, and if you repent and believe you go to heaven.
Oct 10, 2016 Kim Spencer This is outrageous!
Oct 10, 2016 Elizabeth Schallenmuller I can't imagine a parent letting their child be treated so savagely. This is therapy???? This needs to be stopped NOW!!!!
Oct 10, 2016 Ileana Muñoz
Oct 10, 2016 mick clark No, No, No. This can't be justified. It isn't treatment it is barbaric punishment. Please address this now. Thank you.
Oct 10, 2016 Deborah Brown
Oct 10, 2016 Vivien Green Stop this barbaric treatment.
Oct 10, 2016 Sarah Rose Disgraceful what JRC has been doing to special needs children. This barbaric practice must be stopped and the only way to do this is to implement legislation which will end aversive therapy. Special needs children are entitled to proper care.
Oct 10, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 10, 2016 Patsy Clarkston
Oct 10, 2016 Sharon Nienberg
Oct 10, 2016 denise Bennett OMG
Oct 10, 2016 (Name not displayed) Frankenstein was make believe - this is not!! It's barbaric!!
Oct 10, 2016 Amanda Dudman
Oct 10, 2016 diane robinson
Oct 10, 2016 Carol Hutkin Demand the discontinuance of shock therapy on special needs students!

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