The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Massachusets - the notorious School of Shock - was in the news again. On April 20, 2010, the Stoughton Journal reported:
A 16-year-old resident of the Judge Rotenberg Center on Kevin Clancy Way was issued a summons for multiple assault charges following an incident last week.
Staff at the center called police Tuesday, April 13, at 8:41 p.m. and reported one of their patients was out of control. The teenager allegedly assaulted staff members with his shod foot. None of the staff members were seriously injured, police said.
The teenager was held in a detention room at the center. He will be summonsed to court to face charges of three counts of assault and battery and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
The JRC is the special education school where they discipline disabled kids by tying them down to a board and shocking them with electricity, using a shocker device with the confusing name of "Graduated Electronic Decelerator." The JRC is currently under investigation by the US Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division after receiving a letter of complaint from 31 disability organizations. The letter, reproduced on the Left Brain/Right Brain blog here, details abusive practices by JRC far worse than a kid kicking out with a "shod foot." Isn't the wrong person being charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon?
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