Shocking new video shows disabled boy strapped down and shocked 31 TIMES at school by his own laughing teachers for SEVEN hours
shocking new video shows how a disabled teenage boy was tied up and
given 31 electric shocks over seven hours by his laughing teachers.
in agony and screaming to be saved student Andre McCollins was strapped
face down and 'tortured' because he would not remove his coat at the
Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts.
has learning difficulties, is currently suing Rotenberg and three staff
for his treatment ten years ago, which left him in a three-day coma
caused by fear.
A courtroom just outside Boston was shown the horrific scenes as the case against the school is considered.
yesterday his tearful mother Cheryl, who sent him to the private school
for disabled children said: 'I never signed up for him to be tortured,
terrorised, and abused. I had no idea—no idea—that they tortured the
children in the school.
'I couldn't turn Andre's head to the left
or to the right. He was just staring straight. I took my hands and went
like this (waves hand in front of her face), he didn't blink.'
Doctors have also said that the school could have killed the boy.
was essentially in what we would call a catatonic condition. That means
a condition that happens with people that are acutely psychotically
disturbed and they let him stay in the facility basically sitting still,
not eating, refusing fluids for the most part, for the next few days.
They're lucky he didn't die,' expert witness Dr Marc Whaley said.
The school has been widely criticised for using electro-shock therapy to treat its disabled pupils.
Two years ago the UN said the technique used there amounted to 'torture', and urged Obama's government to stop to it.
In October 2002, Andre McCollins, then 18, was confronted by staff who wanted him to take off his coat.
The new video shows him being shocked in a chair and collapsing to the ground before being jumped on by several staff.
He was then tied down and shocked continuously for hours and McCollins says that some were laughing as he writhed in pain.
that day his mother rescued him and took him to a nearby children's
hospital where they said he was suffering from 'acute stress'.
in 1971 to help 'fix' children who are disruptive and intent on
self-harm, the school is known for their use of harmful tactics they
believe induces positive changes in behaviour.
literature provided by the school, children do not feel the electric
shocks are anything for students or parents to be concerned about.
treatment, which feels like a hard pinch, has been extensively
validated in the scientific literature...is extremely effective, and has
no significant adverse side effects,' the paperwork says.
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