Disabled Students Receiving Electric Shocks For Punishment In School & Court Lets Them
Katherine Field (family court judge) has denied a motion which seeks to stop the use of electric shock on disabled students in school.
This is a form of punishment which has been causing controversy for years. In 2013 there was a video released which portrays a student being shocked multiple times for not taking off his jacket in school (bottom of post contains snippet of video).
(The state) failed to demonstrate that there is now a professional consensus that the Level III aversive treatment used at JRC does not conform to the accepted standard of care for treating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Judge Field's Decision
Judge Rotenberg Educational Center (JRC) is a special needs school in Canton, Massachusetts. It is the only school in the whole country that still facilitates electric shocks to it's students. Reports show that 58 students have been shocked at JRC since August 2017.
Former Staff Speaks Out Against Electric Punishment
Greg Miller taught at JRC from 2003-2006, he said that he believed the shock therapy was helping the students when he was first employed.
I believed in that place at first because I was told that it was the only place in the world that could really save these kids lives and most of them would be dead if they weren’t hooked up to the electric shock. Miller said
Miller said that the electrocution would be used on students who merely performed misdemeanors like standing up or
if they spoke without permission from their teacher.
These Are Just Kids
After working there for a few years the inhumane treatment of the kids took it's toll on Miller.
These were students who were horrified of the electric treatment and rarely acted aggressively enough to deserve the pain.
Miller quit three years into the job because of the moral dilemma.
Shock Therapy Is Ineffective
There are so many other ways you can discipline a child without electric shocks. The heinous acts which have taken place at JRC caused many to call to the FDA to ban electric shock as a punishment for school students, however the FDA does not care about the issue.
The FDA has even arrested protesters who were attempting to raise awareness on the issue at JRC.
The video which first caused controversy has been released to the public and is available through many online resources. The following is a FOX undercover report on the incident:
I will warn you. Graphic and disturbing footage is featured in the above video.
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