New York education regulators debated yesterday about tightening limits on corporal punishment of students. These rules would have significant impact on the Judge Rotenberg Education Center in Canton, Massachusetts, which uses mild electric shocks to discipline students with autism, mental retardation, or emotional problems. As Scott Allen reported in today’s Boston Globe:
The deputy education commissioner, Rebecca Cort, and other state officials urged the New York Board of Regents to ban corporal punishments, including shocks, and withholding of food, unless a panel of psychologists determines that a child would benefit.
But board members seemed torn between that call to protect children’s rights and assertions by parents of children placed at the Judge Rotenberg Education Center in Canton, Mass., that for some of the students, the threat and infliction of pain may be the best teacher.
New Jersey’s Division of Developmental Disabilities decided back in March not to send any more students to the Massachusetts school (Really, really shocking).
Susan posted about the Rotenburg Education Center yesterday at Torturing Autistics for Fund and Profit and Amanda has also posted about the torture of disabled children and adults at Extreme measures, and then some.