31 Shocks Later

11 Sep

New York Magazine has a story about Andre McCollins, a student at the Judge Rotenberg Center whose repeated shocks were made public. Mr. Collins’ mother was astounded at the number of times her son was shocked in one day (31) and after watching the video of the event, fought to make that video public.

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

The New York Magazine story:

31 Shocks Later
Andre McCollins’s mother thought she’d finally found the right school for her son—one equipped to treat his behavioral and developmental problems. Then she took a closer look at that treatment.

As Mr. McCollins’ mother watched the video at JRC she noticed he was being shocked even while tied down and she questioned why this was happening:

Cheryl turned to the school’s officials. “Why are you shocking him?” she asked. “He’s tied down. He can’t hurt anyone.”

Robert von Heyn, then the director of psychology, explained that Andre had been shocked for “tensing up” his body, which was considered an unhealthy behavior.

A restrained young man, shocked for “tensing up” his body.

The full story gives detail and puts Mr. Collins and the JRC in context.

While not a part of the New York Magazine story, here is video of Mr. Collins being shocked:


By Matt Carey

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2 Responses to “31 Shocks Later”

  1. Saraquill September 13, 2012 at 00:54 #

    Upon reading this, I can’t help but feel that if the JRC wants so badly to electrocute its’ students, they should make it a policy that whoever pushes the buttons must be shocked along with the student. I hope it would reduce the amount of wanton torture that goes on there.

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