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Barb
- 2431 days ago - motherjones.com
Eight states are sending autistic, mentally retarded, and emotionally troubled kids to a facility that punishes them with painful electric shocks. How many times do you have to zap a child before it's torture? Rob Santana awoke terrified. He'd had.......



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Eleanor B. (909)
Monday August 20, 2007, 12:54 pm
How vile is this? As a human being I am horrified, as a teacher I am dumbfounded that children can be treated in this manner anywhere in the world - and these children are so vulnerable.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday August 20, 2007, 1:33 pm
This is cruel for kids or anyone else who has a disability. The people who did this needs to be wired up and shocked just like they did to thiese helpless kids.
 

Alim OROVA (34)
Monday August 20, 2007, 1:56 pm
More than words...
 

Rod Gesner (66)
Monday August 20, 2007, 2:46 pm
having been a victim of the old School aversive (paddleing) For Things as Simple as Eating galic for Breakfast And Being Kicked out of JR high For Running to the office When A Teacher Went for his Paddle When I Clicked my Heels At him after an unneeded Lecture. I don't blame these students for Striking back with whatever weapons available.
I have been Shocked by Eletric fences and By Greenstick contacting High voltage power lines while those contacts were milliseconds I can imagine The Pain and Frustration of beeing shocked repeatedly By some one for 2 second Bursts.!..!
While I understand these parents frustration having raise a Girl with A fist sived brain tumour and Siezure and medication problems I believe that this program is Overdone for the convenience of the Staff and should only be used when all other means are Tried and failed and then only to prevent the patient from Self harm under strick suppervision by outside impartial observers; For there is something to be said about the alternatives of living ones life in constant Physical and Chemical Restriants; Since they would Be considered Cruel if thier is an alternative that gives more freedom and Clarity.?.!.? However as A high Functioning Disruptive Who's Biggest Crimes Were argueing against Unreasonable Abuses of Authority and Racist Bigoted Pro War Propaganda Being pushed By the Schools.!
I Could have been one of the Victims here; my parents used to threaten to have me commited as being incorrigible To make me get up and go to school which didn't change how I felt about being picked on and force fed propoganda and garbage Just taught me how to runaway, hitchike and Survive on the street.!..!..
We need to Look long and hard at these kind of techniques and impose Strict oversight over any approved use Because they can be used for Behavior modificationin Negative ways as Well and it Wouldn't be long before Police,prisons, Schools, even military training incorperated similar techniques; if they aren't already by the use of tazers, Cattle prods, Pepper spray, ETC and overseers with virtual reality controls might be the next step forTraining Pleasant compliant Slaves For the new world order.!.!
!..! Lockstep or we'll LIGHT YOU UP.!..!..!
Would you want someone to have that kind of Power over your Child, or yourself.!.?.!..
I wouldn't and I would Fight to the Death To Resist.!..!..
 

Barb PL (1062)
Monday August 20, 2007, 3:20 pm
I went through through a similar problem with the public schools in FFX Cointy VA, where they locked my child in a closet on the same day as my mother passed away.
This was a regular proactice for their students. As were other physical abuses, when calling CPS, we the parents were told that because our children were disabled the schools had the right to use such practices.
The parents proceeded to sue and win a multi million dollar law suit...and put an end to the abuse at that one scool but... for years it was acceptable treatment and apparently still is in certain states.


 

Pastor Tim Redfern (599)
Monday August 20, 2007, 4:53 pm
Ohhh, sonofabitch......OMG, this is sub-human. Like Alim, words fail me! This is life imitating art-- I remember a "Law and Order" from several years ago that was exactly like this, only it ended better. The doctor at the clinic on TV went down for 2d degree manslaughter. I sadly doubt there will be any charges in this case.
Thanks, Barb. noted.
 

RC deWinter (418)
Monday August 20, 2007, 5:37 pm
Well well well...this country apparently not only approves of torture for political prisoners, but also for its own children....disgusting.
 

Barry Seth (118)
Monday August 20, 2007, 6:23 pm
Legal child abuse, that's all it is. Plain and simple. Totally disgusting........
 

Pat B. (351)
Monday August 20, 2007, 6:30 pm
i read enough of this report about mr. isreal to know that this school needs to be shut down. i think all of us have stories of abuse while attending school or homelife.......i went to a catholic school, and was raised in a very strict catholic environment...and as the above comments attest, by reading them, there is an air of sadness in our memories and experiences that happened to us, or our families. that these children are being shocked,...and undergoing physical/mental pain is just rehensible! those poor children...i cannot fathom in this time and day of a school doing this kind of abuse. each child has a right to be loved, and treated with respect. these children are not. mr. isreal should be investigated, and that salary that he gives himself should be given to the families of these children. i think i read something (have heard it before), and hear stuff, but my god, this story just saddens, and repulses me beyond words. one more thing...where's the 'americans with disabilities act' for compliance with these kids???
 

Sharon D. (91)
Monday August 20, 2007, 6:44 pm
Yes this is disgusting. These children are precious in God's sight. This is outrageous. I believe this school needs to be shut down.
 

Beckystarchild W. (175)
Monday August 20, 2007, 7:15 pm
Without a doubt this is torture - to use shock treatment can be seen as nothing other than abuse & torture & is totally unacceptable under any circumstances - if these people dishing it out, believe it has benefits then maybe they should try it for themselves first!
 

Phyllis P. (423)
Monday August 20, 2007, 7:15 pm
what in the world can these idiots be thinking?
 

Lauren Stone (586)
Monday August 20, 2007, 7:53 pm
It IS surely child abuse, I do NOT however see how this can possibly be legal! How can the parents allow this? And what sort of a sick *@#+ could do that to a child?! Who would apply for that job. You would have to be rather disturbed yourself to work at a place like that. CHILDREN MUST BE PROTECTED UNDER THE LAW. Children are human beings and deserve rights!
 

Barb PL (1062)
Monday August 20, 2007, 8:09 pm
Abuse is happpening in the public school system in this country as well. If a child is in a county run "special" school for children with disabilities, the abuses that are considered legal and acceptable are just outrageous... it isn't just happening in these privately run schools.

The law doesn't protect special needs children... reality it doesn't protect any of our children.
 

Jaclin S. (230)
Monday August 20, 2007, 8:13 pm
This is absolutely outrageous treatment. Then of that is the case Barb some drastic changed WILL HAVE TO BE MADE!!! I've never heard of such dispicable treatment of these special children with disabilities - for that is what they are - REALLY SPECIAL!!!
Love & Light
J
 

Lauren Stone (586)
Monday August 20, 2007, 8:14 pm
Please sign the petition to the US Senate to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Children must have legally recognized rights and protections. Once the US ratifies this UN resolution, it will be easier for strong laws to be set in place to protect our children.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/707130903
 

Jaclin S. (230)
Monday August 20, 2007, 8:16 pm
Do you know this makes me want to cry - I wish I had the where with all to do something for these children - it just IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AT ALL!!! People who can do good things to help with situations like this - have no compassion or love for their fellowman/child - it makes me too sad.
Love & Light
 

Past Member (0)
Monday August 20, 2007, 8:44 pm
they call this,Aversives
Term for employment of punishment. One class of aversive would be physical pain though the term is not specific to that. Use of aversives in the treatment of autistic or any children is a very controversial topic (see "Controversies".). Many condemn all use (or probably more specifically, all use of pain as an aversive) and some say there are alternatives that are always equally or more effective. Proponents say selected employment has produced immediate positive results that has saved the lives of autistic children inclined to continuous self-injurious behavior who have resisted all the non-aversive alternatives. They also say experience has shown that the degree of pain required is often so little as to defy logic: a very slight pain or something not painful can often stop a child from engaging in very painful self-injury, do i understand it??????? i wonder is the shock like what a dog get with a shock collar? it makes no sence to me. a parent can have their rights taking away for any type of abuse, but its OK for them to inflict pain regardless how light it may be,it has to be stronger then what they are saying. or they would not notice the pain's would parents agree to this kind of study.????& are the parents going home with a shock machine???. when it come to children with special needs ,it souled be handle with special care ,a soft touch & a smile. noted, thanks & pass on.
 

Barry Seth (118)
Monday August 20, 2007, 9:29 pm
Lauren - I signed your petition August 14. ch Article noted
 

Joy G. (8)
Monday August 20, 2007, 10:45 pm
I work with special needs students in elementary school. Electric Shock, OMG, this is so unbelievable. Are we still in the dark ages??? These folks need to be taken to task by the OCR!! Sorry, office of civil rights - Parents need to take up "arms" for these helpless children!! I don't care if they are behavior problems - there are other ways of helping them - there HAS to BE!!
 

Eyes O. (411)
Monday August 20, 2007, 10:46 pm
THIS IS ""OUTRAGEOUS""!! This school should and will be sued if I have anything to say about it. I'm calling all my advocates and legals tomorrow. Thanks Barb for this "unbelievable" article.
 

Michelle B. (277)
Monday August 20, 2007, 10:57 pm
WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS WORLD? It seems it won't be long before we are all running around clubbing one another in the head and living in caves once again. How is this acceptable to anyone with a reasonable mind? I read things like this and I can't help but become deeply disillusioned with the increasing lack of humanity in the "system". I may be an idealist, but I believed the goal of human-kind was progression, not regression to our most close minded, and ignorant phases of our basic intellectual evolution. I am dumbfounded and disgusted. Thank God I have found care2 where it seems the human conscience and sense of right and justice are alive and well.
 

Barb PL (1062)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 12:28 am
To inflict pain or any unjust punishment on any child is wrong, no matter what the case. This school is is operating legally in 8 states. It is not only the school itself that should be held accountable, but the states and the parents as well... they all know what is going on...

Check out your local public school system too. The special ed schools... The abuse that goes on is horrific and hidden well.
 

K. A. Hilliker (293)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 2:57 am
I truly have NEVER read a more thoroughly upsetting article as this one! Thank you Barb, and also Lauren for posting and starting a petition on behalf of all the children. This only saddens and disheartens me for the sake of the children involved. I can't imagine regular school districts not being able to handle ALL children...let alone shipping them off to a "special" school where they harm them!!

1st., What are parents/guardians thinking? Do they think that locking them up in an institution that is worse than a jail is humane? 2nd., do you really educate and raise a child with pain, suffering, and degredation? Even the lowest functioning child has rights & feelings and should NEVER be cared for with anything but as much love and dignity that is necessary!

I don't think that this painful child-rearing is only done to special needs children...and where is the line drawn in considering someone "special needs"?? Even gifted children actually NEED special accommodations! If we, and human beings, parents, teachers, administrators, education depts., government, judges & courts, and even police, allow these institutions and schools to remain in business we are not only sinning against our children, but sinning against our God.

ALL children should have the right to be cared for. Parents need to keep a very close eye on who is handling, caring for & teaching our children. All parents need to KEEP CLOSE WATCH over their children...from the most brilliant chlid to the most needy. I would advise people who cannot care for their children because of special needs to have friends, neighbors, families, doctors, caregivers and anyone else they screen to get together to discuss what is the best way those children can be looked after....PAIN-FREE! Of course, there are many children who have LOTS of special needs, but there are even MORE people to help care for them.

We need to rethink our laws, closely watch our schools/institutions/doctors/hospitals. We need to continue to FIGHT for the rights of our children and their rights & welfare. We need to elect officials who have CHILDREN'S RIGHTS at the top of their constant issues. We must worry about our children as much as we do our pets, or our houses, or our economy, or our wars, or our environment..........OR OURSELVES!

If we can't, how can we live with ourselves?
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 4:31 am
THIS IS CRUEL!!! THIS IS TORTURE!!! THIS IS CHILD ABUSE!!! NOTED!!
 

Elena P. (549)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 5:06 am
Absolutely incredible!
 

Charles C. (160)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 5:48 am
I'm with Ron.....I will be making some calls today and tomorrow. This is really out of hand and needs to be stopped now!! Boy would I like to get my hands on a few of these individuals that would hurt children like that, Grrrrrrrrrr
Sadly noted Barb, thank you for the post.
 

John H. (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 6:43 am
I have lost all faith in humanity...
 

Pretty Kitty (54)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 7:20 am
Unbelievable! Thanks Barb for letting people know about this.
 

. (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 7:22 am
This is so totally outrageous and needs to be stopped NOW. These abusers should be given a taste of their own methods!
 

Sammantha L. (126)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 7:34 am
I remember that episode on "Law and Order" and thinking how rare that sort of thing would be. I am truly shocked and disgusted by this news. I can't find the appropriate words.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 7:39 am
I don't know where to start. This has got to be the most horrendous article I have ever read. The first thought I had was if parents can send their children to a place like this knowing and agreeing with the pratices used on thier children, they need to turn over their parental rights because they are not practicing what a good parent would practice. They are, in my point of view, just wanting to not be responsible any longer for the care of their children. They are "farming" them out because they dont want to have to deal with the behaviours or the illnesses because it interferes with thier lives. I agree granpat with you and want to know where the Americans with Disabilities is in all of this as well as, where is Child Protective Services? If it was my child in my house, being treated with these same measures,you can bet that someone would have called CPS and had me investigated, which is what should happen. Why this person, I cant even call him a man, has been allowed to run this program for all these years and not put him out of business is reprehensible. He should be made to wear one of these back packs and shocked each and every time he opens his mouth. For him to be paying himself $400,000.00 a year is insidious. It scares me more and more each and every day to think that we just keep going backwards in every part of our lives. We have become so desensitized to all aspects of societal injustices that we allow things like this to go on indefinitely until someone finally stands up and gives kids like these a voice. And the worse part about it is that if these kids own parents wont stand up for them, it makes it that much harder for us to do it. These parents need to be held accountable as well as the justice system, the so-called phychologists, and the organizations who are supposed to protect these children and all children. I said that these parents should give up their parental rights because when they handed their "difficult' children over to someone like Mr. Israel, what they are saying is I cant handle my own child, I dont want to be bothered to try to take care of my child, I want to have a life that doesnt include an unrully child, so I will just get rid of this "problem" in my life and let someone else deal with it any way they see fit and it will be alright with me. Not only does Mr. Israel need to be prosecuted and these co-called schools of his be shut down, but these parents also need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and their parental rights taken away. These people are not parents, they are inhuman, selfcentered, incorrigible, and lack any kind of ability to show any kind of kindness or compassion or love of anyone other than themselves.

I am physically sick after reading this article. Thank you Barb and Lauren for printing this article. WE really need to get it out to as many peole as we can to give these children and so many others who may not have yet reached this point in their lives. I know that there are so many other kids in foster care, in thier own homes who suffer just as much abuse and damage as these who are in Mr. Israel's school. The special Ed classes in public school need to be looked at very carefully as they leave a lot to be desired. These kid are human beings first and foremost. Yes they may have problems but they do not deserve to be abused by any means. They need to be loved and nurished and supported and cared for. The only thing that abuse will get you is an abuser.

Please, please lets give these kids a voice and lets make the necessary changes so these kids have a chance to grow up and be contributing adults. Adults that will be able to thrive and know how to love and care and be compassionate and give back what they didnt get.

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of these kids who is trapped in this cycle in thier own home, in foster care, or in places like Mr. Israel's school. These kids are our future, we need to let them know they have done nothing wrong, that it is society that is f&*%$ up and that if given the opportunity, they can grow up and make a difference.

Candee Betanacourt
 

Lucky Children Astorgues (104)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 7:41 am
How is it possible, don't worry Kactus, even in France, we have the same atrocity not only unfortuned kids but also with old people, people in psychitiary and those without defense.
That makes me deeply sad and sick.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 8:36 am
I have read this entire article. This is outrageous. Children with problems, the best treatment for them is love and compassion. Listening, understanding. Helping their individual needs. This facility is treating them all as robots. This man Israel, is one sick twisted soul. He should be hooked up to one of these GED-4's and shocked each time each student gets one. This is clearly torture and abuse and should never be allowed.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 8:37 am
NOTED AND SIGNED PETITION!!
Thank you! You signed at 11:04 AM PDT, Aug 16, 2007
 

Victoria Chapman (53)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 8:48 am
I cannot believe that things like this are still going on! I don't know if anyone remembers the infamous "Willowbrook" in Staten Island, NY back in the mid to late 70's - I was only a young teen and even then participated in petitioning and demanding the facility to be shut down and the "care workers" be punished to the fullest extent of the law from their atrocious activities and blatant disregard for many children with disabilities in their care. I am outraged and petition signed. We can fund military actions that if those dollars were well spent on the care and research into helping versus harming - we could work miracles and properly fund necessary staff and facilities by rewarding excellence instead of doling out salaries for people that just have no heart! We are all connected - and what is done to one, is done to all.
 

Just Carole (341)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 9:03 am

Thanks for spreading the word, Kathy . . . and Barb, GREAT expose'.

It's hard to believe this "school" has received so much publicity for years, and yet still continues (and thrives). Children, in general, rely on adults for protection; and special needs children even more so. We would decry this type of treatment on a lab rat!

Is there anything in the works for any type of activist action? (Count me in.)
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 9:18 am
"Compassionate conservatism", my dyin' ass.

Always blame the victim; they can't fight back. Scapegoating: started with Genesis, never let up since.

I thought this thing had finally gone out in the 50's, when prefrontal lobotomies started to go out of style. . .thought electroshock as applied here went out with Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange". Guess not.

Well, folks, the Holy Inquisition has been back since 2002. With a vengeance. They've now worked their way this far, institutionalizing torture in other branches of society. It's become endemic.

I'm realy surpised they're not screaming at these kids to confess. They probably are, at that. . .

Some of you may have heard the phrase "Nits breed lice" applied to racial situations, used as justification for killing. It originated in Europe while dominant churches "cleansed" themselves of heretics.

It seems the same principle's bein' applied here.

I wouldn't be surprised if some of the people in charge were named Torquemada, let alone Mengele or Himmler.

Looked at another way, it's another repeat of historical American and Nazi procedure: "weed out the unfit". Good a judge as he was, Oliver Wendell Holmes advocated castration/sterilization for "mental defectives". For a while it actually was legal. . .and perfomed.

Then there were the Tuskegee University experiments.

John F Kennedy's older sister was placed in a sanatarium and given a prefrontal lobotomy to "make her normal". This effectively ended any life she might have had as a human being. She remained in the sanitarium for the rest of her life. The folks rarely visited her after that, and she wasn't mentioned that much after, either.

Mental health facilities, like juvenile centers, are relatively recent. It hasn't been that long ago (a century or two) that children and the mentally ill were treated as no better than criminals, and thrown indiscriminately behind bars with them.

The disabled fared no better, and often worse.

This is the same type of crap that has gone on worldwide, throughout human history. We helped systematize it. We helped distribute it across the world.

I'd thought we'd progressed a touch beyond this; guess not. It's another symptom of the authoritarian state we're getting. The psychoanalyst Erich Fromm saw back in the 1940's and 50's that we might go that way. So did a few others.

There is no inherent difference in this type of torture and using the methods of centuries or millennia past.

In the original 'Star Trek' universe, the late DeForest Kelly (as Dr McCoy) referred to medical people of this time as being "witch doctors". Shows Roddenberry was right.

Our present educational system is turning children into the Alphas, Betas and Gammas of Huxley's "Brave New World".

In the final analysis, this present story is nothing less than an account of attempted--if not organized--genocide, for a "new racial purity".

And it isn't just destruction of a group: it's destruction of the future.
 

Just Carole (341)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 9:25 am

Lauren, just wanted you to know that I signed your petition.

Is there anything planned for this facility in particular?
 

Lovebug Honey (35)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 9:32 am
Wow what ashame, I posted this 4 months ago and no one cared then, um Must have been one of my conspiracy theories,,LMAO
 

Black Cat (103)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 9:50 am
WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO.
 

Thomas Panto (364)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 11:03 am
Diagnosis: The CURE is NOT adding MORE chemicals to our people and our world, but LESS.

Remedy: Remove the physical and mental polution from America.
 

Chakwaina E. (125)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 11:26 am
One more reason to homeschool if you can. My differently abled child was allowed to have a seizure for 8 hours in school with two nurses standing over him!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Dave Kane (308)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 12:08 pm
Unbelievable! I thought I was reading about some place out of Dickens' London in the 1800s!
When I was waiting in the emergency room of my local hospital a man had a seizure, and fell to the floor cracking his head loudly resulting in blood pooling under his head and blood coming out of his ear, and I was told by the staff that they had to leave him there until he stopped seizing! I couldn't believe my eyes or ears. Here we were in the middle of a hospital and they couldn't help this poor guy? It's an EMERGENCY ROOM and they have to WAIT?
 

serge vrabec (279)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 1:29 pm
What kind of a monster can shock children, if i saw one i would................. Very disturbing.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 1:59 pm
Hey Serge, settle. You wanna do what I think, you gotta be in intel or the military; or nowadays, an 'educator' or a 'doctor'. And we're thinkin' on the same wavelengths.

I recently reread an "How Old Will You Be In 1984?" It came out in the late 60's, a collection of high school students ' gripes, bitches and analyses about school policies. They were usually more rational that the school administrations. Forty years later, virtually every problem they cited is still here.

Then this. Things either haven't changed (they've been hidden), or they've returned. No self-repecting beast or animal would do this; they'd merely kill and get it out of the way. Only humans delight in cruelty and torture.
 

Joyce Rhodes (27)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 4:08 pm
this is a disgrace take the people looking after tese special little ones and shock the hell out of them
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 4:52 pm
NO, NO, NO.....I do not except this at all! My child has asperger's and I'll tell you, the public schools did not know how to handle "his behavior", one teacher even poked him his little stomach (he was 7) and the man proceeded to tell my son "your mine next year"...Dakota came home and told me....I marched over to this school, and found out this man was intimidating the boys in the bathroom also, holding them up...etc..using foul language...I had him fired, and he will not teach again..So, where is this leading?....Well, my heart is heavy right now for these children as this is not the appropriate treatment for children with special needs! These children are gifted souls that do not need to be tortured even more by outside people that have no
idea of what is going on in their little innocent minds....THIS IS WRONG...and Gran, hon, u hit the nail on the head, these kinds of "Schools" if that's what you want to call them, i prefer "torture chamber" should be shut down in all of the states that are using this insane method! Damn, im pissed...Sub-humane's is more like it Tim...and to think that these are adults in charge of the children's welfare, well, let me let you on a little clue, THIS IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD! OHHH.... I wish I could be the children's voice....if only I were there, I would so be their advocate...this is more cruel than you think...Barb, noted...any petitions?...I will definately get in touch with some higher ups for this one...as it hits home...
 

Pamela R. (159)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 5:21 pm
I am so glad this article is receiving so many notes and comments. We MUST do something to protect the
innocents! (and their innocence!).
I checked to see if I had signed the petition (I had, on the 15th), but so far only 160 people have. Please consider signing this important and possibly life changing petition!
 

Dorothy Johnson (24)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 5:30 pm
This is an outrage who would do this to children it is cruel and barabric. Why aren't the parents doing more instead of the sennd off. So Not Good Enough.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 6:35 pm
I can hardly believe my eyes...this is horiffic, barbaric, terrifying, torture!! LEGAL TORTURE!!
 

Pat B. (351)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 6:59 pm
thank you lauren for the petition which i immeidately signed when i just got back on. shell, i have worked with children w/disabilities and kids are just wonderful, and so loving and caring. we just got a teacher fired last year for being abusive to a child with MR...so i understand your dismay and disgust at teachers who have no compassion for our kids. mr. isreal needs to be fired, and the school shut down. parents need to find loving, caring and compassionate staff to take care of their children, not ones who shock and abuse them!!!
 

Amalthea Lalaith (11)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 8:18 pm
There are no words.... only tears.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 8:34 pm
I just saw the petition from Lauren, thanx Lauren for that my friend.....I had already signed this a way back..again, TY Gran for your kind caring & understanding of the special needs children...Ditto to what you said hon...my good friend..Many blessings to all...
FreeSpiritRunning...
 

PrimaSICK B. (1275)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 9:13 pm
Just want to say I did sign the petition. I have words and plenty of them but I wouldn't be able to stop.
Many have made excellent comments and taken the words right out of my head.

I voluntered for 15 years with the menatlly challanged children and once in a while a little older but children for 15 years and I never ever heard of this in my life.

I have not heard of this. I have a story here and there and to all children not only the mentally challanged .
I do say that because they are chalanged and this is not a bad thing. It;s not bad words and they are very special and as unique as any child.

I don't understand how this is legal?????? I don't !

Thank You for making me and others aware of this.

Someone mentioned they posted this 4 months ago. Please don't be offended. Sometimes people post so quickly a post gets buried before it even gets a good chance.

I'm not happy and I am absolutely shocked . In disbelief. But I am glad I was made aware of this.

Thank You for the Post ,Barb .
 

Roxann C. (398)
Tuesday August 21, 2007, 9:54 pm
This needs to be stopped at once!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 1:05 am
Here is there website: http://www.judgerc.org/
Send them an email or a letter, or call them non-stop..or show up and yell at the f*ckers.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 1:07 am
Also 20/20 did a piece on this a while ago so please post your comments on their website as well..the more places people are talking the better....
http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=2887677
 

Cyn Force (32)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 8:26 am
This is total insanity!!! What happened to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" ?
 

Pedro Alves (88)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 9:43 am
This is US true face.
 

Dusty W. (1339)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 12:33 pm
Unbelievable.......
 

Madalena Lobao-Tello (448)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 1:09 pm
this practice is cruel, inhuman and degrading. Unbelievable
 

John Jones (143)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 1:18 pm
The whole CPS system is a farce. It takes kids for no good reason while leaving the ones that should be protected in the homes of abusive parents. It is a for profit bussiness. my mother has tried to get my brothers kids and they say she is too old. Hell she can run circles around most of the people here. They have private companies, childrens homes, they like to send them to who have had many violations but they still use them. Who's making the profit? This story is just one of thousands that can be told. We are constantly lied to and manipulated by government and media. It's time to get off the couch and do something about it before it's too late, if it's not already.
 

Eyes O. (411)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 1:33 pm
NOW, does anyone know where our SO-CALLED legal defenders are? Where are all these "huge" organizations who are supposed to step in and defend these children's rights? Legal Advocacy groups "everywhere" and this disgusting, absurd, and inhuman treatment has spread into 8 states, and so well hidden that no one has ever heard of it? DEPLORABLE!!! PLEASE!!! Write your "OUTRAGE" to this website. http://www.judgerc.org/
PLEASE!! This one too: http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=2887677
 

Thomas Panto (364)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 1:37 pm

Demanding obedience, The Empire occupying Washington sells BOTH the ''poisons'' and the ''antidotes''.
Your money FUNNELED and used to pledge, allegiance and indoctrinate your children into obedient servitude.
The children will be used as soldiers, crusaders and missionaries to spread this government's slavery across the free world.
They will set the prices and the wages to make sure that YOU can NOT educate your children.
If your children rebel against their indoctrination into the American cult, then you will be issued chemicals to administer to them to subdue their minds.
If these chemicals are not sufficient, then your children will be offered concentration camps to habilitate them.
It will take all of your time and effort to defend your children from this Corporate Military Dictatorship currently occupying Washington.
Good Luck.


 

Thomas Panto (364)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 1:40 pm
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Barb Pl,
BMutiny T. needs to access this thread.
Please check your ''block list'' .

- Thomas
 

Blacktiger P. (247)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 2:09 pm
Thank you Lauren, and I signed the petition on Aug 15. I hope bringing this atrocity to light that the school is closed down. Any parent who puts their child in an institution such as this should have to go through exactly what the child does BEFORE they sign up. Also the JUDGES who send them there !!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 3:16 pm
Shock therapy for kids
At first glance, the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts, looks like something out of Disneyland. It's a kind of magical place, with plush rooms and lots of games and adventures for the students. But it is also the only place in the country that uses aversion shock therapy on its students -- some of whom are as young as six years old.

The center was founded by Dr. Matthew Israel, who designed a shock device called a GED, or gradual electronic decelerator. The students, who have few options when it comes to schooling due to behavioral issues or mental disabilities, wear up to five electrodes at a time strapped to their arms and legs. The gadget itself is housed in a fanny pack worn by the student. If a student acts out or becomes violent with staff members, the student gets a two second shock to the skin.

But now, a Long Island, New York, woman is suing the state of New York because her son was shocked at the center. New York sent him to the center in Massachusetts after nobody in New York could treat him properly. Aversion shock therapy is illegal in New York but legal in Massachusetts.

She wants her son, Antwone Nicholson, who has severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), removed from the center. But Dr. Israel says the shock therapy was helping Antwone, just as it has thousands of others before him. Dr. Israel says Antwone's violent episodes dropped from 5,000 a week to none after he was placed on the GED device. Antwone's mom says she didn't think his behavior was too bad. But she signed the paperwork for him to get the treatment. She says she didn't think it would hurt so much.

When I went to the center to interview Dr. Israel, I tried the aversion shock device to gauge its power. I put one electrode on my arm and shocked myself using a remote control. I had been told by the center's employees that it feels like a bee sting or a pin prick. Let me tell you, it hurt far worse than that. Two seconds felt like two minutes. It was like a parade of pins stabbing me in the arm. I could see why students would alter their behavior after feeling that sensation.

What do you think? Should shocks be used as a way of controlling behavior in children? Or is it, as critics call it, inhumane, this just makes me mad, the doc said it only feels like a bee sting almost lost control driving when i got stung by a bee. what kind of doc is he. ? every ones pain tolerance level is different that jerk! if any of us would even try that sticking our children with a pin when out of control we would be know as unfit parent's who gives them the right to use our children as Ginny pigs for there research this needs to be stop before its to late. we all need to take pins to make our point. when we are done it wont be pointless either. i'll take my grandmothers very long hat pin.
 

K. A. Hilliker (293)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 4:53 pm
Note from: Care2 member: BMutiny ThemIDefy (I told her I'd post this for her....)

Hello, Everybody!
I was glad to find this article already on CNN; as I wanted to be SURE it got there!
After reading all the many thoughtful comments, I wanted to add one of my own.
However, I found that the person who posted the article, Barb Pl., had BLOCKED ME and wouldn't let me POST! For whatever reason -- {and I gave her a well-deserved GREEN STAR, too!}.
I started reading the article in Mother Jones yesterday, couldn't finish it, finished it after seeing it here.
PLEASE READ IT ALL. There is MORE THAN YOU THINK AT FIRST.
THAT is what my comment is about!!!!!!!

Please if you know Barb P., ask her why she blocked me? I would still like to post on CNN! or, somebody else could post this FOR me?!
Here is my comment, after CAREFULLY reading the article:

To those who are saying "Shut this horrible place down" and "Arrest the parents":
This is not just ONE "horrible place". EIGHT STATES are sending kids there. It is a GROWING TREND. It could be a FRANCHISE, like, say, Starbuck's! By next year or so, it could be MORE STATES: ten or twelve or twenty!

From the article in "Mother Jones" {PLEASE READ THE WHOLE THING, UNBEARABLE AS IT IS TO DO SO!}:

"In 2005, Yvonne Williams, an Amtrak waitress who lives in Brooklyn, needed to get her 15-year-old bipolar son Darryl into a residential school -- fast. Darryl had been hospitalized, and the Rotenberg Center was the only facility Yvonne could find that would pick him up. To an overworked mom with no car, that was the deciding factor. "It was a last-minute decision," she recalls, "but it was a decision that had to be made at that moment."
NEW YORK STATE has been sending troubled kids to Dr. Israel since 1976, but its citizens now comprise nearly 60 percent of the ROTENBERG CENTER's population. This is partly a matter of SUPPLY AND DEMAND: New York has a shortage of beds for troubled kids, while Israel has a policy of accepting anybody. It is also a matter of MARKETING. Israel has long sought REFERRALS FROM NEW YORK'S SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS; recently, he has begun COURTING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, sending promotional materials to JUDGES AND PROBATION OFFICERS, PICKING UP STUDENTS FROM NEW YORK'S JUVENILE JAILS AND RIKERS ISLAND.............

Israel also hired LOBBYISTS, LAWYERS, AND MANHATTAN PR AGENT Ted Faraone........"

"The JUDGE ROTENBERG EDUCATIONAL CENTER, LOCATED IN CANTON, MASSACHUSETTS, 20 MILES OUTSIDE BOSTON. The facility, which calls itself a "special needs school", takes in all kinds of troubled kids...........from New York......from Massachusetts........from six other states and Washington D.C. The Rotenberg Center......charges $220,000 a year for each student.
STATES AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS PICK UP THE TAB."
STATES AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS PICK UP THE TAB.

In other words, WE THE TAXPAYERS PICK UP THE TAB.
THIS IS A "LEGITIMATE" PART OF AMERICA'S PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. Just like the school maybe YOUR kid goes to.
That means, that if a student was sent there from, oh, from Seattle, say, the FEE OF $220,000 WOULD BE PAID EITHER BY THE SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, OR BY THE JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM.

Very often the parents, as shown above, are under INTENSE PRESSURE FROM THE COURTS, THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM, COURT-APPOINTED PROBATION OFFICERS AND PSYCHIATRISTS, ETC.
The ROTENBERG SCHOOL was supposed to be a place-of-last-resort for "kids who are a danger to themselves and others". Altho their CLEVER MARKETING POLICIES have EXPANDED that to go outside that definition.

This is not a matter of "neglectful" parents; WHO BY LAW HAVE TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL. The ordinary Public Schools rightfully won't accept kids who HURT other kids, or are too disruptive in classrooms. Some parents, like single moms, are NOT ABLE TO HOMESCHOOL. THE PARENTS ARE NOT PAYING FOR THE JUDGE ROTENBERG EDUCATIONAL CENTERS. {Named after the COURT JUDGE who declared their methods LEGAL; and who has nothing else to do with the school.} IT IS, I REPEAT, A PART OF THE UNITED STATES FREE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE "EDUCATING" KIDS {exclusively with "Self-teaching" plans on computers they sit in front of}.

THIS IS A POLITICAL MATTER. THIS "SCHOOL" IS REALLY A "CORPORATION" THAT THRU CLEVER PUBLICITY AND ADVERTISING METHODS {given in much more amazing detail in the Mother Jones magazine article} HAS BEEN ABLE TO WHITEWASH ITS IMAGE AND GAIN ACCEPTANCE IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE, PSYCHIATRIC AND LAW-ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY.
In other words, if your kids disrupt classroom work, their TEACHERS, THE SCHOOL BOARD, THE LAW, could PRESSURE YOU TO SEND THE KIDS THERE -- OR FACE JAIL YOURSELF.

THIS IS A POLITICAL MATTER. THIS SCHOOL HAS SUPPORT FROM IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN THE GOVERNMENT. AND THEREFORE HAS UP TILL NOW, CONTROLLED THE MEDIA ALSO.
Until the Mother Jones expose'!
Other, earlier expose's, such as the ones Lovebug refers to, were BURIED -- FOR MONEY AND POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS.
Please do read the entire article. In the September-October current issue of Mother Jones. It shows the COMPLEXITY of the REACH OF THE TENTACLES of this MARKETING, CAPITALIST FOR-PROFIT STRATEGY into our PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM.


PLEASE NOTE! PLEASE NOTE! PLEASE NOTE! PLEASE NOTE!

Hello, Friends! :)
I know everyone is always in a flurry of emails and petitions and different causes here at Care2, but I have to say this is probably the worst article I've read while I've been at this site. Why? Because it is about my favorite subject in this World.....our children. Please don't just delete this, but instead...take the time to read the long article....let it sink into your souls! Please note it, sign Lauren's petition (in Comments), take the time to read ALL the comments, and even add yours. But, mostly keep working hard at making sure the children in YOUR lives are kept as safe from injury & harm as you possibly can! I can't think of a better issue to support...on Care2, or in your own hometowns.

*wetkiss* Thank you! Kathy

P.S. If I've sent this accidentally to my friends in other countries, you might research this same thing happening to your children.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/707130903




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"In 2005, Yvonne Williams, an Amtrak waitress who lives in Brooklyn, needed to get her 15-year-old bipolar son Darryl into a residential school -- fast. Darryl had been hospitalized, and the Rotenberg Center was the only facility Yvonne could find that would pick him up. To an overworked mom with no car, that was the deciding factor. "It was a last-minute decision," she recalls, "but it was a decision that had to be made at that moment."
NEW YORK STATE has been sending troubled kids to Dr. Israel since 1976, but its citizens now comprise nearly 60 percent of the ROTENBERG CENTER's population. This is partly a matter of SUPPLY AND DEMAND: New York has a shortage of beds for troubled kids, while Israel has a policy of accepting anybody. It is also a matter of MARKETING. Israel has long sought REFERRALS FROM NEW YORK'S SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS; recently, he has begun COURTING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, sending promotional materials to JUDGES AND PROBATION OFFICERS, PICKING UP STUDENTS FROM NEW YORK'S JUVENILE JAILS AND RIKERS ISLAND.............

Israel also hired LOBBYISTS, LAWYERS, AND MANHATTAN PR AGENT Ted Faraone........"

"The JUDGE ROTENBERG EDUCATIONAL CENTER, LOCATED IN CANTON, MASSACHUSETTS, 20 MILES OUTSIDE BOSTON. The facility, which calls itself a "special needs school", takes in all kinds of troubled kids...........from New York......from Massachusetts........from six other states and Washington D.C. The Rotenberg Center......charges $220,000 a year for each student.
STATES AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS PICK UP THE TAB."
STATES AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS PICK UP THE TAB.

In other words, WE THE TAXPAYERS PICK UP THE TAB.
THIS IS A "LEGITIMATE" PART OF AMERICA'S PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. Just like the school maybe YOUR kid goes to.
That means, that if a student was sent there from, oh, from Seattle, say, the FEE OF $220,000 WOULD BE PAID EITHER BY THE SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, OR BY THE JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM.

Very often the parents, as shown above, are under INTENSE PRESSURE FROM THE COURTS, THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM, COURT-APPOINTED PROBATION OFFICERS AND PSYCHIATRISTS, ETC.
The ROTENBERG SCHOOL was supposed to be a place-of-last-resort for "kids who are a danger to themselves and others". Altho their CLEVER MARKETING POLICIES have EXPANDED that to go outside that definition.

This is not a matter of "neglectful" parents; WHO BY LAW HAVE TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL. The ordinary Public Schools rightfully won't accept kids who HURT other kids, or are too disruptive in classrooms. Some parents, like single moms, are NOT ABLE TO HOMESCHOOL. THE PARENTS ARE NOT PAYING FOR THE JUDGE ROTENBERG EDUCATIONAL CENTERS. {Named after the COURT JUDGE who declared their methods LEGAL; and who has nothing else to do with the school.} IT IS, I REPEAT, A PART OF THE UNITED STATES FREE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE "EDUCATING" KIDS {exclusively with "Self-teaching" plans on computers they sit in front of}.

THIS IS A POLITICAL MATTER. THIS "SCHOOL" IS REALLY A "CORPORATION" THAT THRU CLEVER PUBLICITY AND ADVERTISING METHODS {given in much more amazing detail in the Mother Jones magazine article} HAS BEEN ABLE TO WHITEWASH ITS IMAGE AND GAIN ACCEPTANCE IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE, PSYCHIATRIC AND LAW-ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY.
In other words, if your kids disrupt classroom work, their TEACHERS, THE SCHOOL BOARD, THE LAW, could PRESSURE YOU TO SEND THE KIDS THERE -- OR FACE JAIL YOURSELF.

THIS IS A POLITICAL MATTER. THIS SCHOOL HAS SUPPORT FROM IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN THE GOVERNMENT. AND THEREFORE HAS UP TILL NOW, CONTROLLED THE MEDIA ALSO.
Until the Mother Jones expose'!
Other, earlier expose's, such as the ones Lovebug refers to, were BURIED -- FOR MONEY AND POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS.
Please do read the entire article. In the September-October current issue of Mother Jones. It shows the COMPLEXITY of the REACH OF THE TENTACLES of this MARKETING, CAPITALIST FOR-PROFIT STRATEGY into our PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM.
 

Sheldon Johnson (4067)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 6:32 pm
My Mother was trick by doctors and social workers to place my brother in a boarding school called Childville way back in 1970 when he was 7 years old. Once there my brother was subjected to untold horrors and torture that alter his personality and left him in a semi-vegative state. The ritual abuse he suffered at the hands of the Doctors who experimented on him was devasting.

This crime was cover-up by New York State Officials, Politician, Lawyers and the Media... whom we sought help from for over a period of 35 years... This crime is still ongoing today with my family. I am sharing a letter that I had written to the N.Y. District Attorney & the O.P.M.C about 2 years ago... I have not yet received any help from a public official or a responsible agency; They refuse to investigate the crimes that were commited against my family.

Dear Sir/madam,

I am informing you thru this communication of my concerns that certain Physicians had engaged in questionable medical practices while attending to the care of my siblings.


Ever since Dr. Margaret M. Lawrence of Harlem Hospital deceived my mother into signing my sibling Ward Johnson into Childville back in 1970, my family’s life has been obliterated. During Ward’s stay at Childville, Dr. Jon Block gave my sibling a drug called Thorazine to help him sleep at night (the excuse that they told my mother).


Thorazine was one of the drugs that were used in the Jonestown massacre brainwashing experiments in 1978 and has very harmful side affects. In fact Thorazine has been called a chemical lobotomy because of the similar effects it creates. This dangerous neuroleptic medication is toxic to most brain functions, disrupting nearly all of them; it has a well-documented impact on the dopamine neurotransmitter system. It causes a disruption in the functioning of the frontal lobes that greatly reduces a subject awareness of temperament and surroundings.


In the early part of 1973 my mother informed Childville that she was going to cancel Ward’s enrollment into their “boarding school”, because she saw that there was nothing wrong with Ward. It was then she learnt that she had been deluded and signed him into foster care. That is when Ward’s personality started to change dramatically. On one weekend visit his skin was off his face, hands and arms; she was informed that he had an allergic reaction to something that he ate. And on other occasions, he would just cry, for no reason at all. My mother knew she had to get him out of there, but was denied the right to do so by the staff of Childville.


Daniel A. Pollack the president of Childville had corroborated to my mother what the rest of his staff had told her in saying that she had no more rights to her son and cannot remove him. His staff consisted of Dr. Block, Dr. O’Hagen, Dr. kemker and Dr. Odegan. The social workers were Mr. Proman, Ms. Herring, Ms. Pollack, Ms. Solomon (administrative supervisor) and Richard Altman the director. Nobody would help my mother with her efforts in getting her son out of Childville. It was during that time we experience the frequent vandalism that remain a problem with my mother till today, because of the refusal of the police department to investigate that problem.


On April 11th, 1974 my mother endured a false arrest because she did not return Ward back to Childville. She tried to rescue him from the hands of the Doctors that had given my sibling drugs that had altered his personality; my siblings and I were place into foster care where they had injected us all with medication as a result of her arrest. I was 8 years old at the time, and I can still remember that shot because we couldn’t raise our arms afterward for several days. An order of protection was issue against my mother that prevented her from seeing Ward for 10 months after that. A counselor by the name of Harold Beasley pushed my mother down the stairs when she had return to Childville to see her son.

When her visitation rights were restored in February of ‘75, she took Ward again and warned Childville that they would have to kill her this time if they try to take Ward back. Things never been the same after that, Ward was force to enter into a C.O.H program while attending middle school I. S 158 when his record caught up with him in ‘76, and place under the care of Dr. Lehman. Ward’s condition deteriorated when he entered into that program. He came from school one day saying, “get away from me”, jumping up and down while fighting the air.


Ward started to do strange things while he attended those C.O.H programs thru the board of education. It is in our belief that Ward was medicated and conditioned when he was enrolled into that program. In 1978 Ward disrobe himself at school and the Doctors were able to convince my mother that Ward needed to be medicated in order to get better. My mother hesitantly agreed because she was concern about that incident. She queried Ward as to why he would do such of thing and he did not know why.

Upon further questioning he recalled an occurrence when Mr. Sunshine attempted to hypnotize him while attending I.S.158 and he told my mother how these men in suits would come to his school and take him to an empty room and ask him all types of questions concerning math and calendar calculating.


Ward had incredible savant abilities and it was quite possible he was a prodigious savant. There was nothing wrong with Ward when my mother enrolled him into that “boarding school” to help children interact with other kids sociably at the recommendation of Dr. Lawrence. The problems Ward developed after he was admitted to Childville were man made. Just look at the medications that they had administered to him over the last 30 years.


The Doctors showed gross negligence and incompetence when they administered and prescribe the numerous anti-psychotics, anti-manic, anti-convulsants and anti-depressants medication to my sibling. It is well documented that long-term use of anti-psychotics (neuroleptics) will cause a condition known as Tardive Dyskinesia, and it also reported that treatment of behavioral problems with neuroleptics might cause additional social and physiological problems; therefore, they should be carefully considered before being utilized.


It seems to me; if a patient exhibits some type of mental disorder, a Doctor would do his best to try to preserve the strengths and intelligence of his patient, not destroy it. Doctor’s are warned that patient’s who require chronic treatment, the smallest dose and the shortest duration of treatment producing a satisfactory clinical response should be sought. One can rationalize, was the doctor’s prescribing the medications seeking the therapeutic effects or was they administered to produce the side effects?

Each psychiatric drug, which was originally heralded as the new “safe” wonder drug, was found to have severe harmful side effects, including addiction, withdrawal symptoms, among others. My sibling has been heavily medicated by various Doctor’s for over 30 years now, and has been giving Thorazine, Haldol, Prolixin, Risperdal, Congentin, Zoloft, Navane, Prozac, Lithium, Depakote, Tegretol and Seroquel that we know of. The Doctor’s often mix his medication and prescribed him multiple pills 2 times per day. The side effects of those drugs had a devastating effect on my sibling, and impaired his savant abilities. Long-term use of the injurious medications that were imprudently administered to my sibling, has restricted his intelligence and personality, and is responsible for his current diagnose presently.


The brain disabling principle applies to all of the most potent psychiatric medications - anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-manic and mood stabilizing medications. The foremost psychiatric treatments exert their primary or intended effect by disabling normal brain function. It is in my belief that when these Doctors Lobotomize my sibling intelligence, it was not only the result of a side effect, but rather, the sought after clinical effect. Conversely, none of the foremost psychiatric medications corrects or improve existing brain dysfunction, such as any reputed biochemical imbalance. If my sibling happens to suffer from brain dysfunction, then the medication that was administered to him would exacerbate his condition.


Neuroscientists are now familiar with chemicals, which effect personality traits. If one wants to create raving paranoia, simply provide the brain with too much dopamine in the emotional center of the brain. If you reduce serotonin in an individual, that person will be unable to connect disagreeable consequences with what provoked them. In other words, they can’t protect themselves from danger. It is in my belief that the reason my sibling was administered heavy medication was to take away his humanity and make him more manageable for their sadistic experiments.


Currently today the Doctor’s have my sibling under some type of Mind Control, it appears that they programmed him to leave his home (usually at night when everyone is asleep) and check himself into a hospital to examine his genital area. Then the Doctor’s claims that my sibling displays sexual overtone and should be kept for observation. It is strange to me that every time my sibling exhibits sexual overtone it is always at the hospitals in the presence of the Doctor’s. Can it be that they are trying to condition him to be that way?

Ward has been known to numerous hospitals throughout the City of New York, all had expressed an out of the ordinary interest in him. On several occasions the Doctor’s would refuse to release Ward back into my mother’s custody and often suggested that she should give him up, because it would serve in his best interest. One Doctor noted in his report dated 1/28/83 after all medication was cleared out of his body “Ward is much more calm and responsive in an appropriate way than on admission. He reports fewer hallucinations, both auditory and visual, and has made no comments on wanting to kiss staff members (as earlier) in the last several days. Overall continues to improve off his medication and behaving well under direct supervision.”


That report came from Montefiore Medical Center when my sibling was admitted for an abnormal EEG on 1/21/83. My mother had brought him there because he has been increasingly drowsy, poorly oriented and bumping into walls. In one week’s time my brother was a completely different person when the heavy doses of Haldol were eliminated from his body. So what do the Doctor’s do now that they witness positive results in my sibling behavior off medications?


Montefoire medical center release my sibling free of all meds into my mother’s care, and Ward was a much more responsive individual. My mother sought help from Dr. Jimenez (of the Council Center for Problem of Living) to enroll him into a special program on 2/16/83. Dr. Jimenez insisted that Ward résumé his previous Haldol regiment. He was not interested in the Doctor’s report from MMC, and suggested that she take him back there for a program if she disagreed with his assessment. Shortly after that my sibling was heavily medicated against my mother’s wishes at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
It seems like every Doctor that my mother met after that, emphasized that my sibling needed to be medicated. They did to my sibling what they please; because their actions remain uncheck, despite the hundreds of complaints that my mother wrote against them to various politicians and investigative agencies. They had a feeling of invincibility and felt that they were above the law.


Even when my mother applied for Legal Guardianship for my sibling Ward in November of ‘85 when Metropolitan Hospital informed my mother that she no longer have any rights to my sibling and refused her the right to see her son because he is considered a adult now. Those orders came from Dr. Luigi Marcuzzo; they held him against her wishes until 4/1/86. The Legal Guardianship process was deliberately impeded until 1992. By various Doctor’s and the refusal of services from Legal Aid. It took my mother 7 years to be granted Legal Guardianship and have power of attorney over my sibling’s affairs.


My sibling entire health records needs to be subpoena and reviewed in order to identify the numerous atrocities, human and civil rights violations that have been committed against him and my mother.


This tragedy spread to my other two siblings (Trevis and Sean Johnson) they were unlawfully given hazardous medications at a young age in life through the forced C.O.H programs of the board of education, Hospitals, Children Services Agencies and even Prison. They both were place on unnecessary anti-psychotics without the consent of my mother that altered their personalities, and is responsible for their current diagnose of today. A review of their early health and school records would reveal that they were normal children that were robbed of their innocence by those sadistic Doctor’s that experimented on them.


The persons who is responsible for this is very cunning and evil, and has used various New York city Agencies to assist them in their iniquity. What these Doctor’s are doing is a continuation of the work that Adolph Hitler performed while he was a dictator/brainwasher in Nazi Germany.

When my mother finally realized that my brother was being overly medicated, and his condition was worsening, she verbalized her concerns to the Doctor’s at Terence Cardinal Cooke in January of 2004. The Doctor’s became agitated and insisted that Ward must stay with his prescribe medication. My mother followed her heart and removed the Depakote medication from his prescription. Ward showed amazing improvements and a desire to learn. Even some of his savant abilities had surface again. Three months later she shared the good news with the Doctor’s at TCC and they became furious that she removed the Depakote from his prescription plan.


They had reported my mother to the Department of Social Service APS Division (FOAJM.2139575) because she refuse to follow their entire medication regiment of Risperdal 4mg, Depakote 500mg, Cogentin .5mg and Zoloft 50mg two times a day. My mother stood her ground and eliminated the Depakote from his regiment because she witnessed the positive result in Ward over the last three months.


Later on that year on 12/19/04 my sibling went missing again, and did not surface until the 29th of December under a assume name at ST. Vincent’s hospital. My mother went there to retrieve her son, but the Doctor’s wanted her to except some type of in-house program that they had outlined for her because she was not compliant with their prescription regiment concerning the Depakote.


My mother immediately refused their services, and they in turn, refuse to release my sibling citing the Mental Hygiene Law. My mother fought hard for 3 weeks for the freedom of my sibling from ST. Vincent Hospital and warned them not to give my sibling any Depakote. They violated my mother wishes and administered Ward the Depakote 500mg along with Risperdal 4mg, Congentin .5mg and Zoloft 50mg twice daily. At the orders of Dr. Scott Mcaffe. I respectfully ask for a reply: What section of the Mental Hygiene Law gave ST. Vincent’s Hospital the authority to hold and medicate my sibling without my mother’s consent?


They crossly released him on 1/18/05 after much fighting from my mother. Social Worker Margaret Vaughn of ST. Vincent’s Hospital called the Dept. of Social Service A.P.S Division and made a fictitious claim against my mother and sibling. The case was assign to Robert Griffith an A.P.S agent. He in turn contacted A.C.S and they conspired to destroy my family once in for all with the aid of Supervising Judge Susan Knipps of Family Court. My niece was removed from my mother’s home based on a lie that was told by Angelica Reyes an A.C.S agent. The Judge had shown a personal bias and incompetents in the handling of this case. It feels like I’m sitting inside a Mississippi courtroom in the 1960’s the way this case is conducted. I invite all responsible investigative agencies to look at this Case Docket # N-01301/05 in its entirety, to appreciate the seriousness concerning this matter.


A.C.S and the Judge were more than ready to commit my niece into a DRC Facility at the beginning of that trial. We all know that kids that are referred to that kind of Facility are meant to be stabilized, by way of medication, to ready them for future placement in foster care. Robert Griffith and Elvis Liburd of the Dept. of Social Service filed a fictitious claim against my mother in the EX Parte Motion part of the Supreme Court (index # 400985/05) on 3/24-25/05.


They made clinical accusations against my mother stating that she is suffering from a mental illness and cannot care for herself or my sibling Ward. They intended to use the Kendra Law against my mother, and forcibly commit her to a mental institution to be medicated. In their feeble attempts to medicate my entire family to live up to their rumors of having a family full of psychotics, it exposes them as the ones who are truly in need for mental evaluations.


My niece is innocent, she is 14 years old and the Judge refuses to consider her desires or interests. A.C.S is constantly trying to get my niece to comply with their mental evaluations and the Judge is demanding for my mother to comply with the court’s mental health service. It is so obvious what these demented individuals are trying to achieve. They want to medicate my entire family for the sole purpose of experimentation and mind control.

There are no “safe” psychiatric drugs. Each has numerous harmful short term and largely unknown long-term effects. They can induce Akathisia, a severe restlessness that studies show can cause agitation and psychosis, TD, Lethargy, Confusion, Hallucinations, Severe Depression, Insomnia, Nightmares, Nervousness, Memory problems, Manic Reactions, Sexual Problems, Delusions, Delirium, Seizures, Nausea, Muscle tremors, Epileptic, Fever, Lowered White Blood Cell Count, Liver Damage, and heart attacks and strokes.

Psychiatric drugs obtain their result by causing brain dysfunction. The Doctor’s never once warn my mother about the dangerous side effects of my sibling’s medication. It is very important to them that he remains medicated. I want to know why? The crimes that I am reporting in this communication are that the Doctor’s deliberately medicated my family to obtain the side effects of the drug for their hideous experiments. I respectfully request that my concerns be investigated thoroughly because an innocent young girl is in imminent danger to life and health. You can save what’s left of my family, please investigate!


Respectfully, Sheldon Johnson


 

Sheldon Johnson (4067)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 6:35 pm
The code name for their twisted experiments is called MKULTRA...the name was later change to MKSEARCH... Who knows what they are calling it today.
 

David Cromie (6)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 6:54 pm
Thanks Barb. Physical punishment of children should be a criminal offence. Corporal punishment was outlawed in the UK quite a while ago, and these teachers would now be in gaol for their actions.

YES, the use of any cruel or unusual punishment IS torture, under ANY circumstances!!
 

David Cromie (6)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 7:00 pm
The following is a message I have just received from BMutiny:
To those who are saying "Shut this horrible place down" and "Arrest the parents":
This is not just ONE "horrible place". EIGHT STATES are sending kids there. It is a GROWING TREND. It could be a FRANCHISE, like, say, Starbuck's! By next year or so, it could be MORE STATES: ten or twelve or twenty!
From the article in "Mother Jones" {PLEASE READ THE WHOLE THING, UNBEARABLE AS IT IS TO DO SO!}:

"In 2005, Yvonne Williams, an Amtrak waitress who lives in Brooklyn, needed to get her 15-year-old bipolar son Darryl into a residential school -- fast. Darryl had been hospitalized, and the Rotenberg Center was the only facility Yvonne could find that would pick him up. To an overworked mom with no car, that was the deciding factor. "It was a last-minute decision," she recalls, "but it was a decision that had to be made at that moment."
NEW YORK STATE has been sending troubled kids to Dr. Israel since 1976, but its citizens now comprise nearly 60 percent of the ROTENBERG CENTER's population. This is partly a matter of SUPPLY AND DEMAND: New York has a shortage of beds for troubled kids, while Israel has a policy of accepting anybody. It is also a matter of MARKETING. Israel has long sought REFERRALS FROM NEW YORK'S SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS; recently, he has begun COURTING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, sending promotional materials to JUDGES AND PROBATION OFFICERS, PICKING UP STUDENTS FROM NEW YORK'S JUVENILE JAILS AND RIKERS ISLAND.............

Israel also hired LOBBYISTS, LAWYERS, AND MANHATTAN PR AGENT Ted Faraone........"

"The JUDGE ROTENBERG EDUCATIONAL CENTER, LOCATED IN CANTON, MASSACHUSETTS, 20 MILES OUTSIDE BOSTON. The facility, which calls itself a "special needs school", takes in all kinds of troubled kids...........from New York......from Massachusetts........from six other states and Washington D.C. The Rotenberg Center......charges $220,000 a year for each student.
STATES AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS PICK UP THE TAB."
STATES AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS PICK UP THE TAB.

In other words, WE THE TAXPAYERS PICK UP THE TAB.
THIS IS A "LEGITIMATE" PART OF AMERICA'S PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. Just like the school maybe YOUR kid goes to.
That means, that if a student was sent there from, oh, from Seattle, say, the FEE OF $220,000 WOULD BE PAID EITHER BY THE SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, OR BY THE JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM.

Very often the parents, as shown above, are under INTENSE PRESSURE FROM THE COURTS, THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM, COURT-APPOINTED PROBATION OFFICERS AND PSYCHIATRISTS, ETC.
The ROTENBERG SCHOOL was supposed to be a place-of-last-resort for "kids who are a danger to themselves and others". Altho their CLEVER MARKETING POLICIES have EXPANDED that to go outside that definition.

This is not a matter of "neglectful" parents; WHO BY LAW HAVE TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL. The ordinary Public Schools rightfully won't accept kids who HURT other kids, or are too disruptive in classrooms. Some parents, like single moms, are NOT ABLE TO HOMESCHOOL. THE PARENTS ARE NOT PAYING FOR THE JUDGE ROTENBERG EDUCATIONAL CENTERS. {Named after the COURT JUDGE who declared their methods LEGAL; and who has nothing else to do with the school.} IT IS, I REPEAT, A PART OF THE UNITED STATES FREE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE "EDUCATING" KIDS {exclusively with "Self-teaching" plans on computers they sit in front of}.

THIS IS A POLITICAL MATTER. THIS "SCHOOL" IS REALLY A "CORPORATION" THAT THRU CLEVER PUBLICITY AND ADVERTISING METHODS {given in much more amazing detail in the Mother Jones magazine article} HAS BEEN ABLE TO WHITEWASH ITS IMAGE AND GAIN ACCEPTANCE IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE, PSYCHIATRIC AND LAW-ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY.
In other words, if your kids disrupt classroom work, their TEACHERS, THE SCHOOL BOARD, THE LAW, could PRESSURE YOU TO SEND THE KIDS THERE -- OR FACE JAIL YOURSELF.

THIS IS A POLITICAL MATTER. THIS SCHOOL HAS SUPPORT FROM IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN THE GOVERNMENT. AND THEREFORE HAS UP TILL NOW, CONTROLLED THE MEDIA ALSO.
Until the Mother Jones expose'!
Other, earlier expose's, such as the ones Lovebug refers to, were BURIED -- FOR MONEY AND POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS.
Please do read the entire article. In the September-October current issue of Mother Jones. It shows the COMPLEXITY of the REACH OF THE TENTACLES of this MARKETING, CAPITALIST FOR-PROFIT STRATEGY into our PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM.

 

David Cromie (6)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 7:03 pm
Please sign the petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/707130903
 

Eyes O. (411)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 7:04 pm
I'm digusted that this sorry excuse for a school is still open after children complaints and deaths have occurred there. No child should be subjected to this kind of abuse in the name of "public education." I don't understand why it is still open. It's sad enough that many of our public schools have "left so many children behind" by since this administration's efforts to "ruin" public education, but this is totally offensive. To have schools for children with special needs where they are tortured, mistreated, neglected and even murdered is beyond comprehension. How have we come to this? And where does it stop? I'm glad I never sent my son, labelled ADHD at six, to any special schools even though it meant 12 years of fighting every single year to get him through another year of school with teachers who were non-responsive to IEPs, and sometimes downright hostile to a young boy for being different. I shudder to think what happens when these children are left alone with adults who shouldn't be working with them as obviously is the case at this school.
Thank you SO much for posting this important article Barb. Most people would "never" think something this awful could exist in 2007. PLEASE HELP to shut it down.
"OUTRAGE" to this website. http://www.judgerc.org/
PLEASE!! This one too: http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=2887677
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 7:11 pm
Thank you Ron, and "This is not America" for giving the website for the judge, i just wrote to them and told them what I thought...if enough people write them, and your Reps and higher ups, perhaps we can shut these "torture chambers" down...This is uncalled for and reminds me of the dark ages...What do we look like guinea pigs to others?...I have to be a voice for the voiceless as they cannot do it on their own, these children are helpless against these villians...and sweet Sheldon, you know that I am pulling for you hon, only positive prayers & thoughts, and I will do what I can for you & your family, what happened to your family is not only a crime, but they used your whole family...I find it deplorable and immoral what these sub-humans who call themselves Docters do to people just to see how something works or to subdue someone by brainwashing them into their own thoughts, taking away the thoughts of the real person....I so believe in your plight my friend, and I'm on it....I care...I know all of those drugs, as i was an assistant to a pharmacist, and I was even on a few of those myself (not my idea, the docs, once again) that is why i do not trust their words or treatments anymore, everything natural for me... so, for me, this topic hits home..These so called "schools" are doing the same thing to these harmless special gifted children, and it disgusts me. "Twisted minds" is all I can think of...I wrote to the website that was provided here and will write to Primetime too. I want it stopped....Peace in the Universe..
FreeSpiritRunning...
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 7:15 pm
I would also like to add, that is why I homeschool my son who is 12 and is special needs! I trust NO ONE with my babe....He is so highly intelligent, I would never conform to the system, and let them get their dirtly little hands on my beautifully gifted child, as they would certainly ruin him for life....We do it "OUR WAY" not what the system wants.....Much love...
FreeSpiritRunning...
 

Denise Lytle (536)
Wednesday August 22, 2007, 9:05 pm
Absolutely disgusting...haven't we evolved from the mental institutions of the 60's (well, prior to the 60's)? I guess not...this is absolutely evil
 

Amber B. (16)
Thursday August 23, 2007, 3:53 am
Horrifying and sad. I hope someone puts this tradgedy to an end. Whewre's this petition? I'll sign it!
 

Sheldon Johnson (4067)
Thursday August 23, 2007, 4:08 am
Thanks Shell, for your concerns, I'm sorry I did reply to your comment earlier, I just been so busy at work and working on a project. I just have the time to glance at the computer in my free time. I appreciate everyone concerns and everyone must realize that Schools and a host of Governmental agencies work together to deceive individuals who are targeted for unethical experiments by Government sponsored programs.

Trust no one... It usually starts as early Headstart when they want to use children in their ongoing illegal evil experiments. Just because you are American doesn't mean that you are immune from these type of abuse. It can happen to anyone. Lookout for my next story that I'm going to share when I get a moment... Dealing with the truth of Mental Illness as it is describe today.
 

Falcon S. (139)
Thursday August 23, 2007, 7:59 am
Where it started
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuohTq7zw0I
And what is worse parents who decline such so called 'treatments' are labeled as unfit and many of them have their parental rights unlawfully terminated by Child Protective Services.
 

Kari D. (192)
Thursday August 23, 2007, 8:54 am
OMG =(
 

Julia D. (92)
Friday August 24, 2007, 11:21 am
Evil has a name
 

Vicki C. (361)
Friday August 24, 2007, 12:36 pm
Noted and I am angry! This is unbelievable, and is torture and barbaric and needless cruelty. What comes next water hoses, the rack? What have we come to?
 

Barb PL (1062)
Friday August 24, 2007, 1:31 pm
BMutiny...?? I didn't even know youw ere blocked hun... that makes twice on the NN someone has pointed out I have them blocked, and I have only ever blocked 2 people on Care2 long before the NN was created and one troll on the NN... grrr I will unblock you as I did the other. I wish I knew how to find out who else is blocked and how to fix it...


I have seen where many people ask why the parents of the students are not doing anything?
I have to say when going through my own horrific experience with special ed public schools years ago with my son, There were mant parents overwhelmed and that had no clue how to handle their children, there were also many that believed the schools were helping their kids even though the tatics were abusive, and then there were many worried that blackmailing from Scool officials of theirf childrens education and safety were an issue. I know when the head of the school threatened me that all the thing the other parents had told me were true as well. Though I chose to act, then parents followed. Many of these parents fear what will happen to their children, not all these parents are bad, just scared and misguided. I know when I started my proceedings against the county my son went to school in, many parents slowly joined. They need to know there will be some help for their children if taken out of these awful places.

 

Nina M. (24)
Friday August 24, 2007, 4:19 pm
This world has turned barbaric! I think we are amongst a new breed of creature's and this is a war we have to win!!!
 

Elle J. (282)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 3:36 pm
Noted! This is totally disgraceful and beyond belief.
 

Ash S. (0)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 6:17 pm
Oh my goodness! That is terrible! I cannot understand why that "school," if it can even called that has not yet been shut down!!!
 

Melissa G. (183)
Wednesday August 29, 2007, 7:33 am
My sister's son is autistic. These children tend to be self abusive already. I do not see how this kind of treatment could possible help these children, but I can see many ways it would harm them!!! A parent who would send their child there is beyond my comprehension.
 

RaeAnna S. (1)
Friday August 31, 2007, 2:32 am
OMG, the parents are in the wrong for letting this happen to their children, it's abuse and it shouldn't be happening....
 

Sherri S. (30)
Saturday September 1, 2007, 10:01 pm
I can't even find the words to express my dismay! This "treatment" is right up there with lobotomies... how is this allowed to continue??? Where are these parents, and what are they doing to ensure their children's safety and wellbeing?
 

Marie Marindy (87)
Sunday September 2, 2007, 12:13 am
These kids are not being treated like human beings. This treatment is bound to cause severe psychological problems, worse than whatever they may have come in with. This is not a way to treat any human being, much less children. I am, as everyone else, shocked and horriried beyond belief. How can we shut this place down? I don't believe in shocking or tasering anyone, ever! I think this man, Israel is sick, demented, sadistic, demonic, and criminal! I hope he receives the justice he deserves!
 

David Cromie (6)
Sunday September 2, 2007, 5:24 am
When America treats its own citizens in a barbaric manner, it is no wonder that they see nothing wrong with Israeli9 atrocities, Guantanamo Bay, Abu Graib, etc.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 2, 2007, 7:16 am
This is an OUTRAGE! Not only are these "schools" torturing children, but parents,knowingly and unknowingly, are allwoing this to happen! This should NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE! There must be some way of getting this place shut down,and charges being brought against all those involved! How could anyone think that abuse is the answer to "help" a child!
 

Robin H. (24)
Thursday September 6, 2007, 10:35 pm
When this is going on in this country in goes to show how deep our country has fallen into the abyss of apathy. That these people have not been arrested and convicted is apalling and dispicable. I am so angry and hurt. I have a nephew with autism and I am thankful he still lives at home where we can take care of him properly.
 

Mira Jayne (14)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 10:38 pm
This is known as Aversion Therapy. The theory is that the children will stop behaviour that is labeled wrong when they get a shock. One problem is that they get used to the lower levels and the electrical charge must be increased. Another problem is that it doesn't work.

So why is it done? Some parents are desparate. Others don't know it is being done. Some children are wards of the state. And, for a short while, this treatment *does* work on some behaviours. For instance, if you are trying to quit smoking and you get an electrical shock everytime you light up a cigarette you get hit with a low level Taser, you'd quit smoking. Until you get used to it.

Even though it is still being done in eight states, more states used to allow it. If you are outraged about it, find out if your state or school district sends it's special needs children to a school instate or out of state that allows this kind of treatment. And if it does.... PROTEST!!!

Comments here on Care2 are nice but will do little to stop this happening from where you live. Find out where it is going on, who is allowing this to happen and SPEAK UP!! It can be stopped.

That's what happened where I live. A local school district was sending some children to a school in Connecticutt that used electric shocks for behaviour modification. Outrage ensued when one kid spilled the beans. The children were withdrawn.

Mira
 

Ulanigvgv Saquu (53)
Saturday September 15, 2007, 10:45 am
It seems that as thankfully more and more of us become more enlightened and have grown spiritually, more and more darkness is also being exposed. Much of the country and the world refuses to come out of the Dark Ages, but the Ligth will triumph in the end....
 

Barb PL (1062)
Saturday September 15, 2007, 12:58 pm
Thanks to all that have kept the helpful information and support coming to stop this atrocity against our children! Keep fighting for change!!!

Much love & hope
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 4, 2007, 11:17 am
What Works for Troubled Teens?
NEWS: When kids have behavioral problems—but not severe disabilities—experts say the best treatment is not boot camp, but plain old family therapy.

By Maia Szalavitz

August 20, 2007


School of ShockSchool of Shock
By Jennifer Gonnerman

Food deprivation. Isolation. Electric shocks. Inside the taxpayer-funded program that treats American kids like enemy combatants.

Sidebars
• Nagging? Zap. Swearing? Zap: New York's Investigations of the Rotenberg Center
• Why Can't Massachusetts Shut Matthew Israel Down?
• The Cult That Spawned the Tough-Love Teen Industry
• Experts on Self-Injurious Kids Challenge Dr. Israel's Methods
» What Works for Troubled Teens?
Photo Essay on the Rotenberg Center
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The most effective treatments for troubled teenagers have these things in common: They use family-based therapies; they treat adolescents with empathy, dignity, and respect; and, except for very short periods of emergency stabilization, they keep teens at home.

Research has proven the effectiveness of a number of methods for treating youth with behavioral and other problems—including functional family therapy, cognitive-behavioral family therapy, and multisystemic family therapy (the latter, ironically, is available almost exclusively to kids in the juvenile justice system). All of them focus on improving communication between children and parents, setting clear boundaries, and ensuring that teenagers' developmental needs for increased freedom, social connection, and responsibility are recognized and met in safe and healthy ways. Inpatient treatment happens only on a short-term basis when a child is a threat to himself or others.

Since most problems involve fractured family relationships, recovery requires repairing those bonds—connections that can be harder to rebuild if a child spends years away from home. "Youth will modify their dangerous behavior in response to practical, problem-solving, behavioral therapies—if they feel respected and cared for by the therapist," explains Charles Huffine, a child and adolescent psychiatrist in private practice in Seattle.

Effective therapies also recognize that different problems require different approaches. What helps a kid with autism or Asperger's is different from what is needed for a child with conduct disorder or depression or drug addiction. Appropriate medication and talk therapies tailored to these conditions can make all the difference. Residential programs, on the other hand, are generally one size fits all, even while they claim to offer individualized care.

Huffine notes that getting youths to change their behavior often takes longer than parents realize (or hope for). He recommends avoiding programs that promise too much, as well as those that exaggerate the danger of problematic but common teen troubles such as poor grades, bad attitudes, and experimentation with drugs. "Such programs," says Huffine, "exploit parents who feel desperate
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 4, 2007, 11:19 am
i urge everyone to contact their congress reps to get support and overthrow the veto by the demon bush for childrens healthcare
we need proper healthcare yes even if it is socialized in this country
that children suffer and elderly have to pay through the nose for medications and nursing homes is disgusting
it is up to us to take a stand
and i sincwerely hope someone starts a serious campaign i will support
 

Barb PL (1062)
Thursday October 4, 2007, 11:11 pm
Thanks Sophia for your posts!!!!
 
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