The MA State Senate: Please Stop Painful Electric Shocks on Students at JRC in Massachusetts!

30 Apr

A petition is hosted on The MA State Senate: Please Stop Painful Electric Shocks on Students at JRC in Massachusetts! The Judge Rotenberg Center uses electric shocks as part of their program for some of the students in their care. The JRC is not allowed to use these aversives on new students, but still continues with students whose programs included them before the order (see Left Brain/Right Brain story: Judge Rotenberg Center banned from shocking new admissions)

The petition was created by a former JRC employee.

Hi, my name is Gregory Miller. I used to work at a school in Massachusetts named The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) where we used powerfully painful electric shock devices (45 – 91 milliamps, at 66 volts) on students to control their behaviors. These devices are much stronger than police stun guns (1-4 milliamps). Unlike stun guns, the electrodes most commonly used at school are spaced 3 – 4 inches apart so that the electrical volts passing through the flesh create the maximum amount of pain with those amps and volts. The United Nations is aware of JRC, has called these shocks at JRC “torture”, and says that “The prohibition of torture is absolute.” Please see the attached video of a student named Andre getting shocked at JRC, covered by Fox News.

Historically, the JRC has been very careful about what information is allowed to be seen by outsiders. Case in point, the video included in the court case which is reported in the video Mr. Miller references (and embedded below). The JRC fought to keep that video from being used in court (see Left Brain/Right Brain story Judge Rotenberg Center: Teen tied and shocked for hours; mom calls it “torture”).

Here is the news video mentioned above. Be forwarned: it is painful to watch. Nothing like what Andre McCollins had to go through.

Mr. McCollins was strapped down, face down, and repeatedly shocked while screaming repeatedly “no” and “help me”.

You can hear the attorney say, “that was shock number 16 or 17, out of 31 that day”. You can see the JRC attorney explaining that “the treatment plan was followed”. Is that really justification for what went on? Not for me. At about 2:10 into the video, you can see him shocked again while at a workstation. The shocks have been called equivalent to a bee sting by JRC personnel. That doesn’t seem like an accurate description to what happened to Mr. mcCollins.

5 Responses to “The MA State Senate: Please Stop Painful Electric Shocks on Students at JRC in Massachusetts!”

  1. Julian Frost May 1, 2012 at 16:37 #

    “Equivalent to a bee sting”. I’ve been stung by bees. My sister stood on a dead one as a child and still got stung. Bee stings are no joke. Having said that, this is unconscionable.

  2. Chris February 20, 2013 at 18:29 #

    That is not a blog, but a adlink trap that has been spammed multiple times under several names.

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) February 21, 2013 at 17:01 #

      and now gone. Thanks Chris.

    • Chris February 22, 2013 at 05:14 #

      Um, it is still here. “Roger Crafford” and the “healthmedicinecentral” website is a scam.


  1. 31 Shocks Later « Left Brain Right Brain - September 11, 2012

    […] Mr. McCollins’ story has been discussed here at Left Brain/Right Brain before (here and here) […]

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