We've posted about the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, a controversial "behavioral modification" school that uses electric shock in attempt to change children's behaviors. (Photo: The cover story of a Sept 2007 Mother Jones magazine by Jennifer Gonnerman.)
The school is back in the news now, after a prank call from a former student posing as a supervisor duped officials at the school into delivering dozens of electrical shocks to two students:
School staffers contacted state authorities after they realized they had been tricked on Aug. 26 into delivering 77 shocks to one student and 29 shocks to another, according to Cindy Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Department of Early Education and Care, which drafted the report. Both students were part of a Rotenberg-run group home in Stoughton for males under age 22. [...]
Ernest Corrigan, a spokesman for the Rotenberg center, said the school contacted law enforcement "within hours" after discovering the prank, and that such an incident has never before happened at the school. Corrigan said they have instituted new safeguards to prevent such occurrences. He also said that while the school regrets the incident, the two male students who received the wrongful shocks did not experience any serious physical harm and did not need medical treatment afterwards.
Seventy-seven shocks? Someone should go to jail for that ...