Judge Rotenberg Center investigated for alleged cruelty to children
By Susan Lawrence, June 15, 2006

The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton, MA, uses cruel "aversive therapy" on children with autism, depression, and mental retardation. It's the only school in the US that allows painful shocks of children, sometimes tying them down for long sessions of shocks. "Hot-saucing", extreme food deprivation, and other corporal punishments are routine and frequent. None of these "aversive therapies" have ever been proven to work with the mentally ill children who are forced into the JRC.

This "school" was recently investigated. To read the entire, chilling report of extensive abuse and law-breaking, see "Observations and Findings of Out-of-State Program Visitation; Judge Rotenberg Educational Center" at www.nospank.net/jrc.pdf (If this PDF page fails to open due to a pop-up blocker on your system, hold down the "Ctrl" button and click the link again.)

More articles on JRC:

Most JRC "clients" come from New York, where "aversive therapy" is illegal. On Monday, June 19, the New York State Education Dept. will decide whether to stop sending children to JRC! Please urge them to stop sending children there: OAS@mail.nysed.gov or call (518) 474-5889.

The Massachusetts Senate recently voted to ban "aversive therapy" in an amendment to the FY2007 Budget. Now it's up to the House. They will probably vote next week! If you live in MA, please contact your Representative and urge him/her to support amendment #765 to ban "aversive therapy" in MA, at: www.capwiz.com/thearc/issues/alert/?alertid=8846516&type=ST&show_alert=1" target="_blank

Also, please ask these key Representatives to support amendment #765 banning aversive therapy in Massachusetts:

Thank you for taking action for these poor children!!

Susan Lawrence
Director, Stop the Rod
Board of Directors, Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education
Board of Advisors, EPOCH-USA

Return to:
Boot camp for kids: Torturing teens for fun and profit
Advocacy and protest
Front Page