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If you believe your school has draconian educational practices, you don’t know anything at all! In 2012, the graphic footage of electric shock conditioning implemented on students of the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Massachusetts was leaked. As reported by the Guardian, the video showed an 18-year-old student Andre McCollins "restrained face down, shouting for help from the people around him." However, his calls were completely ignored while he was repeatedly hit by electric shocks screaming in pain.
The Typical Student team learned more about this shocking story. Using such inhumane, draconian methods at an educational facility has to be punished. Make no mistake, this is an educational facility, and shock therapy is one of its methods! However, last week the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center won a legal challenge, and it will proceed using the shock treatment on its students!
GED: Treatment or torture?
As told by the Guardian, the Massachusetts school is the only institution across the US where using "electric shocks on children for behavioral purposes" is officially allowed. The facility was established in 1971 as the Behavior Research Institute. The sole purpose of it was serving the "emotionally disturbed" individuals and students with learning disabilities.
Source: Fox News
The "electro shock" used in Judge Rotenberg Educational Center is not meant for torture. Allegedly, it has been used as an unusual form of treatment called the graduated electronic decelerator (GED). It was created by Matthew Israel who founded the facility. It is said that the GED is a variation of "aversive conditioning" being the "negative stimulation" applied to a patient when they do unwanted actions. No anaesthesia is used, the patient feels pain, which is the point of the therapy.
Specialists claim that in particular cases, such treatments can help in curing "socially destructive behaviors such as public masturbation or defecation, or physically destructive behaviors such as cutting skin, scratching or gouging oneself." However, as it turned out, the students were often punished for minor misconduct like not taking the coat off.
Student Electro Shocked 31 Time for Educational Purposes
New York magazine reported the case of Andre McCollins. Reportedly he "spent six hours undergoing 31 shocks and was left in a catatonic state for a month afterwards." McCollins’ mother filed a lawsuit against the educational center, but the judge ruled the methods used are absolutely humane and lawful. The ruling also received support from the JRC Parents Group, claiming "there is no evidence that any alternative treatment would be effective to treat our children and keep them safe.”
Source: Fox News
Two years later, a petition started online demanding to prohibit "torturous shock devices used on special needs people." It amassed around 300,000 signatures. However, the use of aversive conditioning practices still continued. There are parents who insist this treatment works on their kids, while other methods fail.
WARNING: The below video contains graphic content. It can shock, offend or upset.
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