(Daily Mail) – A disabled teenage boy was tied up and shocked for seven hours by his teachers at a controversial Massachusetts school.
Andre McCollin was the latest victim of a form of electroshock therapy at a school that uses questionable methods to deal with developmental disabilities.
After the episode, Andre wound up being treated in a hospital where he sat in a comatose state for three days and his mother demanded to know what happened.
She then saw the video of her son being strapped face down into a restraint board while wearing a helmet as his instructors proceeded to shock him 31 times.
‘This is worse than a nightmare,’ Cheryl McCollin told My Fox Boston.
‘It is horrific, and poor Andre who had to suffer through this and no know why.’
Andre is enrolled at the Judge Rotenberg Education Center, which is a private school in the Boston suburb of Canton, Massachusetts.
Established in 1971 to help ‘fix’ children who are disruptive and intent on self-harm, the school has had its share of controversy.
The Center is known for their use of aversives, or harmful tactics that they believe induce positive changes in behaviour. One such tactic is the electroshock therapy that Andre was subject to in October 2002.
According to literature provided by the school, they do not feel the electric shocks are anything for students or parents to cry over.
‘This treatment, which feels like a hard pinch, has been extensively validated in the scientific literature, ….is extremely effective, and has no significant adverse side effects,’ the literature reads.
This kind of therapy doesn’t come cheap, and for each of the school’s over 200 students, their respective states and school districts pay the whopping $220,000 tuition fee.
As of 2007, six of the thousands of students who attended the Center have died from the various aversive therapies.
Now, after viewing the video of Andre, Ms McCollin is suing the Center because she feels that they tortured her son.
‘The Judge Rotenberg Center has consistently gotten away with being able to soft sell their treatment, to whitewash what they’ve done about it being therapeutic: “It’s not so bad, it helps these children”,’ said Andrew Meter, who is representing Cheryl McCollin in her suit.
‘But the eyewitness accounts that we now have about what actually goes on at this center puts to lie everything they’ve been saying.’