Powerful video of a Judge Rotenberg
Center student shocked and restrained for hours continues to reverberate
on Beacon Hill and beyond, with opponents of the treatment stepping up
efforts to ban the shocks as the United Nations expert on torture says
he's investigating the school.
video has helped fuel a renewed lobbying effort to ban the
long-controversial shocks. Several opponents of the shocks, including
the mother of the student in that video, visited lawmakers' offices
today to press for the ban.
going to continue to let our children be tortured? I just hope that
they come to their senses are realize this is wrong and it's been wrong
for the last 27 years," said Cheryl McCollins, mother of former
Rotenberg Center student Andre McCollins.
want the full Legislature to adopt a Senate budget amendment to ban the
shocks. The measure is being considered by a joint House-Senate
conference committee that is hashing out the state budget for the fiscal
year beginning July 1. Word on whether it's included in the
Legislature's final budget could come any day.
Judge Rotenberg Center is the only place in the country to use this
kind of shock treatment, and now scrutiny is also coming from Juan
Mendez, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Torture.
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