• Petitioning Dennis M. Walcott

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New York City Department of Education Chancellor
Dennis M. Walcott

Remove all New York students from the Judge Rotenberg Center

    1. Petition by

      Cheryl Mc Collins

      Brooklyn, NY

The Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts tortures children and adults with disabilities and calls it treatment. Any students from New York City should be removed once and for all.

I enrolled my son Andre at the Judge Rotenberg Center thinking he would be loved and taken care of. Instead, the staff at JRC tied him to a board and shocked him for 7 hours because he refused to take off his coat. He screamed for help the entire time. When I arrived to see him, he was in a comatose state and was transferred to the hospital where he was diagnosed with catatonia post traumatic stress disorder. He has never completely recovered from it.

This is happening to other students with severe disabilities. 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.

New York City Department of Education Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott should remove all New York  students from JRC immediately. 

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    Reasons for signing

    • Andrea Borders MCALLEN, TX
      • about 1 month ago

      This is disgusting and I don't know how it exists today. These idiots don't know anything and should be prosecuted.

    • Sarah Taylor SOUTH NEWFANE, VT
      • about 1 month ago

      As a mental health professional this video is disturbing. That is unacceptable treatment of a human being.

    • John Green GILBERTS, IL
      • 3 months ago

      Both of my children are on the spectrum. This type of treatment has to STOP.

    • Dawn Collins ISANTI, MN
      • 3 months ago

      how is this different from Willowbrook? Shame on them!!

    • Angela Hadzega NORTH EAST, PA
      • 5 months ago

      Terrifying and very sad.


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