Thanks to Andrea the hat tip on an update on the Judge Rotenberg Center and its use of aversives.
In December, the Boston Globe reported that a call was made in the middle of the night to the JRC and the staff was told to wake 2 boys up and administer shocks. Here's what is reported:
"The staffers, inexperienced and overworked, were described as concerned and reluctant, yet nobody verified the orders with central office, nor did anybody check treatment plans for the two teenagers to be sure they were permitted to receive that degree of shock therapy."
"In addition, the report said staff at the Stoughton house did not know who the shift supervisor was that night; the senior staffer did nothing to intervene. By the time a call was finally placed to the central office and staff members realized their mistake, one teenager had received 77 shocks, well in excess of what his treatment plan allowed, and the other received 29. One boy was taken to the hospital for treatment of two first-degree burns."So, a prank call in the middle of the night resulted in the torment of 2 teens. Can you imagine?! (More discussion of that night over at The Gimp Parade.)
Today's news, reported in the Boston Globe, relates the investigation into this horrible incident. An investigator from the Disabled Persons Protection Commission viewed a videotape of the night (the JRC apparently regularly tapes the residents) and instructed the JRC to save the videotape for the state troopers. But, the tapes were destroyed.
"The disclosure about the tapes occurs as the Disabled Persons Protection Commission is preparing for a public release of its findings Tuesday. Its report concludes that one of the teenage students was severely physically and emotionally abused by the incident. The commission has referred the case to the Norfolk district attorney's office."
Tragic. Horrible. Incredible.
As Andrea says, one sees a connection between this loss of videotapes with waterboarding and Watergate.