He didn’t take off his coat in class. To punish him, staff at a U.S. school for mentally handicapped children shocked the autistic boy 31 times, leaving him brain damaged.
“I never signed up for him to be tortured, terrorized, and abused,” Cheryl McCollins, the mother of the autistic boy said in court. “I had no idea—no idea—that they tortured the children in the school.”
Neither did the public. That’s until last month, when a judge unsealed the chilling video, shot in 2002, showing 18-year-old Andre McCollins strapped face down, limbs tied to a table, screaming with pain as staff at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Mass. administer what Rotenberg employees call a “skin shock” therapy session. . . .
After his “therapy” was over, McCollins was admitted to a nearby children’s hospital and diagnosed with acute stress response caused by the shocks. They said that the shocks could have killed the boy.