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Student Uprising at Center that uses Electic Shocks as ‘Treatment’

In Institutional Child Abuse on February 6, 2009 at 1:52 pm

They fail to mention that electric shocks are their primary mode of treatment.

Teen arrested after uprising at JRC
By Kate Sullivan Foley
Wed Feb 04, 2009, 10:01 AM EST

Stoughton – Police arrested one teenager after an apparent uprising at the Judge Rotenberg Center at 66 Kevin Clancy Way.

At 9:27 p.m. Monday night police received a call from a worker who stated that the center was being taken over by students.

A representative from the JRC said if a situation escalates to a point where there is potential for an injury, staff members have the authority to call local police.

“In this case a severely emotionally disturbed kid at a school for emotionally disturbed kids had an episode,” said JRC Spokesperson Ernie Corrigan.

He said that the situation “was handled well.”

Stoughton Police Sgt. Paul Williams and Officers Shawn Faria, Joe Zbinski, Edward Barker and Joe DeSousa responded to the incident.

“The officers walked into a tumultuous situation,” said Stoughton Police Executive Officer Rob Devine.

There was general unruliness and students were yelling, he said. Counselors were attempting to calm students down when officers arrived.

The initial call reported possible injuries, but police said no physical violence or apparent injuries were observed by officers.

Officers identified one student as the instigator of the bedlam, Devine said.

That student was separated from the other students, but continued to act out.

After allegedly ripping something off a wall and punching a hole in another wall, the 16-year-old student was arrested, Devine said.

The student was transported to the police station and charged with malicious or wanton damage or defacement.

At 11:36 p.m. police released the student into the custody of a representative from Judge Rotenberg Center.

According to Devine, police are only allowed to hold a juvenile for up to six hours. At that point or before, the court decides if the youth should be released into the custody of his parent or guardian or should be sent to a Department of Youth Services Detention Center.

In this case, Devine said, the Judge Rotenberg Center is the proper custodian and the youth was released accordingly.

The Judge Rotenberg Center is described on its website as “an educational and treatment center that is designed to help students with severe behavior problems to strengthen their repertoire of desirable behaviors and to decrease or eliminate their undesired behaviors. The primary applications employed by JRC include behavior modification, precision teaching, programmed instruction, behavioral counseling and behavioral self-management.”

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