Torture with electric shocks as a disciplinary measure for problem youngsters in the US

Sometimes you stumble on the net about things that you first can not believe: In Massachusetts, there is a boarding school with affiliated school, the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, which "corrects" the behavior of problem youngsters - with special means. The inmates include, inter alia, autistic, extremely aggressive or auto-aggressive children and adolescents or those with ADHD problems.

On the occasion of the withdrawal of the founder and head physician with 78 years in May last year, left the hospital announced euphorically: "Matthew Israel is not only one of the most important personalities of behavioral therapy, but it is also a heroic figure for thousands of families through that door the JRC steps as their last hope. "

First, it is clear that it is the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center to a kind of "stop" is. It comes to serious cases that are "handled" by order of the court there. It is clear that all Jugendichen already have a history: they were "treated" with drugs, and, in such a way "beyond treatment", referred in this terminal.

The current scandal could arise only because video evidence from 2002 which had previously been "sealed" by a US court, have now been released recently.

The videos are shocking evidence of how behavioral problems did not cause, going to the root of the problem, but only with drugs or psychotropic substances and are then treated with electroshock. Of which there are in the said facility evidently two ways: By means of a helmet, which is slipped over the victim and in the form of bandages (see 2 Video), which the inmates always have to bear and the electric shocks are given through the skin. All these measures are monitored around the clock by a control room with several cameras, as well as the rooms of the inmates have no privacy.

A photo report from 2011 by R. Friedman shows the shock transmitter of the clinic staff, which are connected to corresponding receivers on the body of the young people, so that members of the bar at any time can cause electric shocks.

Telling is also scanned by Friedman "Vernügungs- or reward mile" for the obedient patient: It consists of a replica from the movie "The Wizard of Oz".

What looks like the script for a bad Hollywood Shocker, is, in principle, very primitive, "unwanted" behavior in the definition of the center is treated with electric shocks - the problem young people are conditioned in the final result by force certain behaviors - on pain prevention or behavior that pain avoidance implies. A concept that is known in the art from rat experiments ...

It must be remembered that we are dealing with people with disabilities and / or severely traumatized! The therapy at the JRC will be paid by the State of 200,000 dollars per year and patient. The clinic is manifestly electroshock entirely Higtech (z. B. electronically monitored Locking Brackets for hands). There is nothing about it to read that about animals would incorporated into the therapy, although long been known that it is precisely in specific problem cases, the presence of animals (eg cats z.) Can do wonders; it is stress and anxiolytic. That is why we consider now in the United States allow cats in the regular prison system, as a few days ago went through the media.

The man who all naturally told (3rd video), is the head of the clinic, Dr. Matthew Israel, a man with ice-cold eyes. He tells how in addition to electric shocks, positive stimuli are set: Inmates may go shopping in a clinic shop, for example ... Israel presents in its promotional video for his clinic also grateful parents to commend their children to supply their needs now without medication, and. even at the end of two successful cases. The latter can, however, suspect in some way, what happened to the young people there by the electroshock therapy ultimately ...

As you can read, there is an ongoing investigation of the human rights division of the US Department of Justice; this is, however, yet come to a decision.

Subsequently, a film in which a US court now woks Video evidence can be seen .. The boy, whose mother sued the State, 31 times was shocked on that day! It amperage of 45 milliampere were applied, which can be fatal potentially. This "treatment" were for offenses such as in the clothes-tongs or refuse to take off their clothes.

(Warning - disturbing sequences!)

Here is a report of the American Society for Autism:

Here is a video that can not be eingbettet. The head of the clinic, Dr. Matthew Israel, it describes the benefits of electroconvulsive therapy ("aversive" = from: abneigen deter) and leaves at the end of two Therapierte own words that praise the electroshock treatment. Dr. Israel also tells how he himself for his "Theapiemaßnahmen" provided protection: The parents of the young people had to give their consent, a court had they decide after having obtained the opinion of an expert, various commissions, including a Human Rights Commission, had to agree. It was all correct.

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8 Responses to "torture with electric shocks as a disciplinary measure for problem youngsters in the US"

  1. Certainly seems to be more effective than the German Kuschel Justice.

  2. Friederike Beck says:

    when disabled, autistic adolescents with ADHD, etc. should surely therapists are employed and not the judiciary ?!

  3. Iphraim Simon says:

    @ Dr. Klaus Miehling: children with behavioral problems and young people who are mentally disabled or mentally ill under circumstances, to maltreat with electric shocks, so you will appear as a legitimate means to counter the complained of you moral decline in our society? This type of violence meets with your approval? You are not ethically and morally motivated idealist, but a fanatical, uptight complainer!

  4. Iphraim Simon says:

    With this statement, you have now finally disqualified as a serious critic of socio-cultural circumstances and exposed as a bigoted hypocrite. Focus Just continue on composing Blockflötensonaten and spare you the rest of humanity with its reactionary views and your pseudo-scientific theories to contemporary music. To get excited about the destructive potential of you so designated "violent music" (which can be found in my opinion, even in some classical works of music, as well as in other forms of artistic expression, ultimately it is a question of the reception and processing) and at the same time approve the immediate Gewaltausuebung an electroshock treatment of so-called "problem children", in my opinion, is not very credible, or integer.

  5. Really remarkable what you read into a single short sentence, to defame me can; and apparently only because you reject my thesis on a topic not discussed here.

    Even the word "cuddle Justice" They could see that I was referring to the treatment of offenders, not of the mentally handicapped.

  6. Iphraim Simon says:

    Even if you have it referred only to the compulsory treatment of juvenile offenders, with this statement you reveal a questionable attitude towards These kinds of state-ordered "therapeutic measures". What makes you really the "effectiveness" of such treatment? Lying to you as well as relevant statistics before, for juvenile delinquency in the US state of Massachusetts?

  7. "Israel presents in its promotional video for his clinic also grateful parents who should be applauded that their children now needs without drugs, and at the end even two successful cases."

    From this I concluded that the treatment to be more effective "seems" (note the reasonably restrained formulation!) "Than the German Kuschel Justice". Where is clear to me that the measures described in the article are carried out not only to offenders.

  8. Heinz says:

    @ Dr. Klaus Miehling
    "(Note the reasonably restrained formulation!)" Than the German Kuschel Justice ""
    I do not want to know what kind of "justice" you prefer, I wonder more why they do not migrate to one of the many countries with no "Kuschel Justice".

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