• Petitioning Stephen M. Brewer

This petition will be delivered to:

Stephen M. Brewer
Viriato Manuel deMacedo
Stephen Kulik
Jennifer Flanagan
Michael Knapik
Brian Dempsey
House Speaker
Robert DeLeo
Massachusetts Governor
Massachusetts State Senate
Massachusetts State House

My Son Was Tortured by Electric Shocks at School. Please Help!

    1. Petition by

      Cheryl Mc Collins

      Brooklyn, NY

Within three weeks, six Massachusetts lawmakers will decide whether Massachusetts will ban the torture of disabled people like my son.  I appeal to you to please see what happened to my son in the video, to please sign the petition, and to please ask your friends to sign too.  We have just days.    

My son suffers from autism and I enrolled him at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts thinking he would be loved and taken care of. Instead, the staff at JRC tied my son to a four point board and shocked him for 7 hours because he refused to take off his coat. He screamed for help the entire time and was admitted to Boston Children's Hospital and diagnosed with catatonia post traumatic stress disorder. He has never completely recovered from it.

The Massachusett's State Senate rightfully passed Amendment #548, a budget amendenment that if signed into law would make it illegal to use painful electric shocks on the disabled in Massachusetts. Currently disabled people can be shocked or even have food witheld from them. This must stop and Senate Amendment #548 will do just that. There is also a “compromise” amendment, Amendment #555, that will allow students who are already being shocked inside of the JRC to continue to be tortured for the rest of their lives, but does not allow new students entering the JRC to be tortured.  Massachusetts lawmakers should not compromise on torture.

Amendment 548 is now in a Conference Committee that includes Sen. Stephen M. Brewer (D-Barre), Sen. Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster), Sen. Michael Knapik (R-Westfield), Rep. Brian Dempsey (D-Haverhill), Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) and Rep. Viriato Manuel deMacedo (R-Plymouth). These six lawmakers will decide whether Massachusetts continues to allow disabled people to be shocked and to have food withheld from them. 

The JRC is the only place in the world that specializes in delivering extreme pain as a behavioral treatment for autistic individuals and delinquent youths, and non-painful methods exist elsewhere in the world for the same type of student population.  This is an inhumane practice that the United Nations considers torture.  

JRC’s founder, Dr. Matthew Israel, resigned after being charged with misleading a grand jury by destroying video footage of other students being shocked. The JRC has falsely claimed for years that their shock devices are FDA approved until that claim was removed from their website just days ago after being exposed on Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN).   

More than 240,000 people have already signed the petition calling for an end to the practice of so called “aversive-therapy” at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, MA. More than 8,000 of those signatures come from MA residents. Three former staff members from the Judge Rotenberg Center are now speaking out in support of the legislation introduced by Senator Brian Joyce.

Please sign and ask Sen. Stephen M. Brewer (D-Barre), Sen. Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster), Sen. Michael Knapik (R-Westfield), Rep. Brian Dempsey (D-Haverhill), Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) and Rep. Viriato Manuel deMacedo (R-Plymouth) to make sure that no more disabled people can be legally tortured in their state

Recent signatures


    1. Mother Seeks Ban on Shock Therapy Treatment That She Calls “Torture”

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      Describing some of the methods used at the Judge Rotenberg Center like “something out of Clockwork Orange,” former teacher’s assistant Gregory Miller got ready to deliver over 260,000 signatures to state officials on Beacon Hill to push for a ban on electro-shock treatments at the behavioral school.

      “This is sick. Absolutely sick. I am embarrassed that I used to work there,” said Miller, standing outside the State House with Cheryl McCollins, whose son had experienced the shock therapy.

      With photos of some of McCollins’ son Andre’s injuries, and recording sheets showing why the school felt it necessary to administer shocks, Miller said Andre was allegedly shocked repeatedly for tensing up his muscles during the treatment—an “unnecessary” amount for a reaction anyone would have when being subjected to the pulses from the machine.

    2. Reached 8,000 signatures
    3. VIDEO: JRC's Lawyer Called a "Joke" on Anderson360 Last Night

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      A report from a human rights organization goes into graphic detail with horrifying claims about what’s happening at a school for students with severe behavioral and developmental issues. They call it torture. Anderson spoke with Michael Flammia, an attorney for the Judge Rotenberg Center and Dr. Louis Kraus, a board member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

    4. Reached 7,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Juliet Smith KINGSTOWNE, VA
      • 4 months ago

      Ban this torture.

    • leslely nichols LYNN, MA
      • 4 months ago

      shock electric tazor remote tazor and torture treatment is restricted not illegal in ma. and the staff be it mental health ,security, paramilitary or police and personal have unlimited access and use it at random and it makes victims sound crazy when this devious covert" behavior control" aka "ZAPPING" is used .....its the staff and the torture mechanism you have to be concerned about ,TARGETED VICTIMS HAVE NO vocabulary OR advocate TO MAKE A FORMAL Complaint. in lay /civilian words its sometimes called "zapped", but, it's devious torture period ! , under the guise of professional restricted use only. It's used to torture; harass; terrorize; coerce ;witnesses and the elderly the helpless isolated and disabled,who cant speak for themselves against ignorant bullies; hostile benefactors, criminals; and bigots.

    • Saul Magana MARSHALLTOWN, IA
      • 6 months ago


    • Wendy Ringel BURLINGTON, NJ
      • 6 months ago

      My child has autism and the thought of this abuse makes me sick. This is ABUSE, there is no other name for it.

    • Angela Pyo YORKTOWN, VA
      • 7 months ago

      This is absolutely sick and terrible. It makes me ashamed of human beings. If convicted murderers and criminals can't be shocked, what makes anybody think it's okay to shock disabled children? The people who run this are the ones that need help.


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