A school for the disabled, that forces the disabled students to wear back packs 24/7, that deliver massive electric shocks to them. After the initial disbelief passed, I had to dig further.
This story is just unbelievable and even worse, it is true.
Move on over Abu Ghraib. The Judge Rotenberg Center for the Disabled is the latest American torture centre, located in Massachusetts.
First some background:
Judge Rotenberg CEO and founder Dr. Matthew L. Israel began his first program in California back in 1977. In 1981, a 14-year old boy died face down, tied to his bed, while living in the California center. Dr. Israel was not held responsible for the death. After an investigation by the State of California, Israel relocated to Rhode Island, and then to Massachusetts, where his facility still operates today.
So a 14 year old child dies face down tied to his bed in the California Centre and Dr. Israel is not responsible?
May 5, 2010
Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI) has filed a report and urgent appeal with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture. Their report this week, titled "Torture not Treatment: Electric Shock and Long-Term Restraint in the United States on Children and Adults with Disabilities at the Judge Rotenberg Center," after an in-depth investigation revealed use of restraint boards, isolation, food deprivation and electric shocks in efforts to control the behaviors of its disabled and emotionally troubled students.
Findings in the MDRI report include the center's practice of subjecting children to electric shocks on the legs, arms, soles of feet and torso -- in many cases for years -- as well as some for more than a decade. Electronic shocks are administered by remote-controlled packs attached to a child's back called a Graduated Electronic Decelerators (GEI).
The disabilities group notes that stun guns typically deliver three to four milliamps per shock. GEI packs, meanwhile, shock students with 45 milliamps -- more than ten times the amperage of a typical stun gun.
A former employee of the center told an investigator, "When you start working there, they show you this video which says the shock is 'like a bee sting' and that it does not really hurt the kids. One kid, you could smell the flesh burning, he had so many shocks.
What is even worse and more depraved is Mother Jones did an extensive story on this so called school, three years ago. In 2007 they published a story School of Shock
Eight states are sending autistic, mentally retarded, and emotionally troubled kids to a facility that punishes them with painful electric shocks. How many times do you have to zap a child before it's torture?
- The Rotenberg Center is the only facility in the country that disciplines students by shocking them.
- Over its 36-year history, six children have died in its care, prompting numerous lawsuits and government investigations.
- Last year, (2006) New York state investigators filed a blistering report that made the place sound like a high school version of Abu Ghraib.
Yet the program continues to thrive—in large part because no one except desperate parents, and a few state legislators, seems to care about what happens to the hundreds of kids who pass through its gates.
The Rotenberg Center is a cash cow to be sure-
The Rotenberg Center, which has 900 employees and annual revenues exceeding $56 million, charges $220,000 a year for each student. States and school districts pick up the tab.
A taxpayer funded, torture center cash cow, but a cash cow just the same.
And no one cares about this kind of stuff going on?
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