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Cheryl McCollins, Mother of Andre McCollins, Creates New Petition at to Support Senate Budget Amendment #548

posted Jun 6, 2012, 6:50 PM by OcuppyJudge Rotenberg
Cheryl McCollins (mother of Andre McCollins who was recently seen on Fox News being restrained and
repeatedly shocked for refusing to take off his jacket) of Brooklyn, New York created a new Anti-JRC petition on this week.  The petition seeks the support of the Governor of Massachusetts and other relevant parties for Senate Budget Amendment #548 which is currently being discussed in conference committee.  If it survives the full process, the Amendment would require a full ban on shocks and other aversives used at the Judge Rotenberg Center.  This petition comes on the heels of one initiated by former JRC teacher, Greg Miller that is now nearing the quarter million mark in signatures. 

To view and sign onto Cheryl's petition, please click here.  To see other ways you can take part in letting the Conference Committee know you support Senate Budget Amendment #548, please click here.

Included in Cheryl's petition is text from a flyer developed by Greg Miller and Occupy JRC about the top misconceptions about JRC.  It was distributed at the June 2nd event.  View this text below.

Debunking JRC’s Top Seven Untruths:

1. Untruth: Shocks and other major aversives are only used rarely (i.e. "once per week") and only for severe behaviors.

Truth: Based on multiple former JRC staff reports, non-verbal students are often shocked 20 – 30 times per day with the same devices seen used on Andre McCollins on video shown recently on Fox News and CNN. Some students become so injured with burns and scabs all over their bodies that they have to have their devices removed for 4 – 5 weeks to allow their skin to heal up. JRC staff refer to these as “GED vacations”.

2. Untruth: JRC’S shock devices are approved by the FDA and therefore prove to be safe.

The shock devices used at the JRC have not been FDA approved. Only in late May has the JRC removed that claim from their website after falsely advertising it since 1994. They were exposed on TV by Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN). You can see the bloody scabs in the video on Change.Org.

3. Untruth: The 'behaviors' of students at the JRC are so severe that electric shocks save their lives.

Truth: Students are reportedly shocked for minor behaviors, such as standing out of their seat for any reason, tearing any objects including an empty used paper cup, nagging, and swearing, as well as refusing to take off one’s jacket as seen on TV. Children with these sorts of challenges are not unique to the JRC. There are many alternatives that could be and are used around the world, but most JRC staff have not had training or experience to know otherwise.

4. Untruth: JRC’s skin shock treatment is based on scientific studies published in credible peer-review journals.

A director of research at Yale University recently appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and stated that he and his partner could not find any peer reviewed studies in any credible sources that supported the use of JRC’s methods.

5. Untruth: JRC has always had a team of licensed psychologists responsible for making student behavioral plans including shock treatments.

At one point, JRC was fined large sums of money after it was discovered that many posing as psychologists were not licensed as claimed.

6. Untruth: Judge know and approve all individual behaviors for which students are shocked.

Although a Massachusetts judge always approves the use of GED shocks for a student, blanket permission is given which allows the JRC to freely add and delete specific behaviors for which students are shocked without further permission from the judge.

7. Untruth: Parents give an informed consent prior to their children being approved for shocks.

Cheryl McCollins testified that she had no idea that the JRC tortured and abused students until she saw her son on video tied up and shocked 31 times for refusing to take off his jacket, landing her son in the hospital for five weeks in a catatonic state. Parents may never know that their non-verbal child was shocked for standing up to give staff a hug, to ask to go to the bathroom, or in reaction to a student getting shocked and screaming next to them, among many other examples of abuse and torture for which loving parents would never give their consent.