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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


Feb 25, 2017 dima abouzannad
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Feb 20, 2017 Tamara Andersen
Feb 19, 2017 Shirley Vaughn This type of "treatment" cannot promote health and well-being of any children, much less special needs children. It is unbelievable that this could happen in 2017!
Feb 19, 2017 Darcie Wentworth
Feb 19, 2017 Mary Towers
Feb 19, 2017 Carolyn Hudson This is the most inhumane act of violence I've ever heard of! Using this type of procedure acn only give adverse effects on these children! Please Stop this! Thank You!
Feb 18, 2017 Christie Rawls
Feb 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2017 Patricia Vazquez
Feb 17, 2017 Brittany JAMES
Feb 17, 2017 Laura Balan Any aggresive therapy is certainly not good for a sensitive mind!
Feb 16, 2017 Marilyn Weber
Feb 15, 2017 Ida Chambers
Feb 15, 2017 Henriette Matthijssen Abuse & torture on innocent victim who can't fight back on their own like animals are abused all over the world! God will in the end punish those who did this to others!
Feb 15, 2017 Cynthia Super
Feb 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) Electrical shocks disrupt the electrical system in the body and cause life long problems that the medical field is ignoring. It must stop. Its an excuse for cruel people to have fun on troubled individuals. If spanking is not ok how can shocking be ok?
Feb 15, 2017 Stacey Dillingham
Feb 7, 2017 Beverly Folkes
Feb 7, 2017 (Name not displayed) This barbaric treatment should be outlawed and stopped immediately. It is abusive, morally and ethically wrong, torturous and amounts to sheer cruelty towards the most vulnerable in society. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong on so many counts and in so many ways...it
Feb 7, 2017 Mary Ann McCroskey
Feb 7, 2017 Sheila Webb This is diabolical!! Get it stopped immediately! PLEASE
Feb 7, 2017 Linda Beverstock This must be stopped immediately
Feb 6, 2017 Jennifer Kelleher There is no sense at all for our children to get shocked for moving their hands or anything else.. I wish someone would do that to my son ... They need it done to them to see how they like it..
Feb 6, 2017 Chelsea Baker
Feb 6, 2017 Nur Assurah
Feb 6, 2017 margaret gerrand
Feb 6, 2017 Mae Dalton I have a grandson with autism I would hurt someone that ever did that to him they are humans real parents would never put their child thru that
Feb 6, 2017 Brian Witt Stop this now.
Feb 6, 2017 Tricia Osterman
Feb 6, 2017 crystal butler
Feb 6, 2017 Rosemary Odonnell This should be banned if it's supposed to be used to shop people hurting themselves or others why is this kid tied down? It is tourture
Feb 6, 2017 Brekell Achukwu
Feb 6, 2017 Lisa Warren This is a distrace
Feb 6, 2017 Dylan Mullen I cannot even believe this my son has ASD and would never imagine doing this to him these people are sick they should be shocked to know how it feels. My geart hurts for all those people who have to deal with that everyday.
Feb 6, 2017 Giulianna Atchison This is outrageous, needs to be stopped now.
Feb 6, 2017 Jacky Lyell
Feb 6, 2017 Catherine DePalma President Trump, please stop this barbaric practices used with children with Autism and other disabilities, it is inhumane and torture!
Feb 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2017 Elaine Parker
Feb 6, 2017 (Name not displayed) Having worked in the care sector I've never seen such outdated shameful barbaric practice. Justified, Just because a child has a disability with behaviour that is challenging. They need to change or be gone.
Feb 6, 2017 eve borja stop you people need to be shock also. you have to help children and theraphy not schock.
Feb 6, 2017 (Name not displayed) bararic, must be stopped immediately
Feb 6, 2017 Sanne Burger This is child abuse! STOP IT!
Feb 6, 2017 (Name not displayed) A barbaric practice that no civilised society should condone.
Feb 6, 2017 Jennifer mcclasky
Feb 6, 2017 Jennifer Ward

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