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Special Needs School Uses Shock Treatment: UN Calls it "Torture"

The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) is a school for special needs children. The JRC is known for the fact that they use aversives—in the form of electric shocks—as part of their program. Not all students get the shocks, but it is a part of the program there.

TheABC program Nightline will air an episode on JRC tonight. Their website already has a story: UN Calls Shock Treatment at Mass. School ‘Torture’.

Here is a quote from that story:

“To be frank, I was shocked when I was reading the report,” said Manfred Nowak, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture. “What I did, on the 11th of May, was to send an urgent appeal to the U.S. government asking them to investigate.”

The United States Department of Justice already opened an investigation on the JRC earlier this year after a consortium of disability organizations sent a complaint letter


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