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News Items / Re: Judge Rotenberg - Shock torture video released
« on: April 17, 2012, 10:25:40 PM » ... s-20120417

Restraints needed for safety, doc says

Updated: Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012, 7:33 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

Mike Beaudet

Kevin Rothstein Producer

News Items / Re: Judge Rotenberg - Shock torture video released
« on: April 16, 2012, 09:34:11 PM » ... Q.facebook

Son not the same since shocks, mom says

Updated: Friday, 13 Apr 2012, 6:56 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 13 Apr 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

Mike Beaudet

Kevin Rothstein, Producer[/b]

BOSTON (FOX 25 / - There was no good reason to shock and restrain an autistic teenager for hours at the Judge Rotenberg Center, an expert for the plaintiff testified on Friday.
After watching video of 18-year-old Andre McCollins being escorted into a classroom, seated, and then shocked about 20 minutes later for refusing to take his coat off, psychiatrist Marc Whaley told the jury that not only was McCollins in a psychotic state but also he wasn’t being aggressive at the time. McCollins had assaulted a staff member on a bus on the way to school earlier that morning.
“It was clear he was overwhelmed with fear and was trying to survive in the only way he could possibly, and possibly knew how, to by crawling under that desk and getting away from the individuals who he perceived, must have perceived, as attacking him at that time,” Whaley said.
“Doctor, the fact he was trying to get under the desk and get away, is that consistent with aggressive behavior?” asked McCollins’ attorney, Ben Novotny.
“Absolutely not. It's consistent with avoidance and survival,” Whaley replied.
McCollins is suing the Canton-based Judge Rotenberg Center, saying his treatment that day in 2002 caused permanent damage.
Lawyers for the Rotenberg Center and its doctors say McCollins was dangerously aggressive that day and that they were only following a court-approved treatment plan.
McCollins' mother also testified today, telling the jury her son used to like playing board games, riding bikes and playing basketball, but not anymore.
“I said, ‘You want to play a game, come on, let’s play a game, No, no, no. I don’t want to play a game,’” recalled Cheryl McCollins, Andre’s mother.
“He doesn't have any type of things that he wants to do that he used to do that were fun. He just refuses to do it, and I don't know why,” she said.
The Rotenberg Center's lawyers argue that McCollins has made good progress since that day.
The plaintiff's side rested their case today, and the defense continues with its case on Tuesday in Norfolk Superior Court.

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News Items / Re: Judge Rotenberg - Shock torture video released
« on: April 13, 2012, 12:32:56 AM » ... y-20120412

Staff at shock school tried to help teen, lawyers say

Updated: Thursday, 12 Apr 2012, 7:27 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 12 Apr 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

Mike Beaudet

Kevin Rothstein, Producer[/b]

As dramatic video of an autistic teenager being restrained and shocked draws national attention and brings a call for action here in Massachusetts, lawyers for the Judge Rotenberg Center argued in court Thursday that there’s more to the video than just shocks and restraint.

Lawyers for the center and its doctors grilled a psychiatrist who had testified on plaintiff Andre McCollins’ behalf, asking him why he missed instances where staff asked the autistic 18-year-old if he wanted a drink and a chance to go to the bathroom.
Dr. Marc Whaley testified yesterday that Rotenberg staff did nothing to help McCollins as he lay strapped to a four-point restraint board, face-down, for five-and-a-half hours. He was shocked 31 times in all in the classroom.

Under cross-examination, Whaley admitted he hadn’t seen all eight hours of the tape and had missed interactions between McCollins and the staff.

“So you made the decision then to skip over things in that video?” asked attorney David O’Connor, who represents the Rotenberg Center, its founder, Dr. Matthew Israel and another doctor.
“Sure, I had no problem skipping over things,” Whaley replied.

“And you know when you skip over things on fast forward, there's no audio, correct?” O’Connor asked.
“Right,” Whaley replied.

“You gave testimony before this jury that care providers were not talking to Andre and explaining things to him, correct?” O’Connor said.

“That's correct,” Whaley replied.

“That's not true, is it?” Whaley said.

“Not true completely because we just saw about maybe four instances of sentences being said to him that could be construed as explanations. Relatively inadequate, rather inadequate in my estimation. But we did see some of it so that part is not completely true,” Whaley replied.

Video played on Thursday also showed staff shocking McCollins and then telling him to stop tensing his body, which was the behavior that triggered the shock.

Whaley told the jury yesterday that McCollins was left with permanent damage from the shocks, saying he’s now “heavily medicated, state institutionalized with no immediate prospect of any kind of independent functioning.”

Lawyers for the Center point to medical records they say show McCollins was not permanently damaged, a key point of McCollins’ case.

The drama isn't just playing out in court. Senate President Therese Murray is calling for a state ban on shocks and other aversive therapies. She has the support of the state Senate, but so far not the House.

“I hope the House will look at this, seeing the tapes now, I've seen them before, but seeing what happens to these people and staff maybe laughing or not responding to their cries of help is just deplorable,” she said.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo spoke out about the video, but stopped short of calling for a ban of the shocks, saying in a statement, “Any human being should be horrified by the images shown in the video of Andre McCollins' treatment. As someone who visited the JRC and saw firsthand the struggles these kids face on (a) daily basis, which in many cases manifest themselves in acts of self-torture, burning, cutting and worse, I can say that we need to do everything within our power to ease their pain and suffering.”

The Rotenberg Center also issued a statement pointing out they treat some of the most difficult students in the country, and use these shocks only to treat severe behavior disorders.
The civil trial continues Friday in Norfolk Superior Court, when Andre’s mother is expected to return to the stand.

News Items / Re: Teen on life support after assault at children's home
« on: April 12, 2012, 05:43:57 PM » ... 58911.html

One Way Farm in violation at time of boy’s death.

By Denise G. Callahan, Staff Writer

11:16 AM Thursday, April 12, 2012[/b]

COLUMBUS — A state investigation shows One Way Farm was in violation of two infractions when a young boy died following an altercations with another juvenile last year at the group home.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released a report Thursday to this newspaper that lists a violation of CPR training and a missing medical screening for a resident. The report does not spell out if the group home in Fairfield Twp. followed proper procedure during and following the altercation.

Agency spokesman Ben Johnson said the licensing arm of ODJFS did not investigate the incident itself, just whether the home was compliant with licensing requirements.

Lance Tiernan, a former Lebanon High School student, stands accused of murder in the incident. He was transferred from juvenile to adult court in February, and a grand jury indicted him earlier this month in the Dec. 19 attack. Parker died of his injuries Dec. 28 after more than a week on life support at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Anthony Parker and another boy were arguing over ownership of a flashlight and when Tiernan apparently tired of the bickering, prosecutors say he attacked. Tiernan allegedly struck Parker in the head, then picked him up and slammed his head into the hard floor.

Staff at the group home found Parker unresponsive three hours after he was assaulted during a routine bed check. At the time of the incident, Tiernan had been a resident for less than a month at the group home and had no prior known history of violence, according to Warren County Children Services, which placed him.

An autopsy showed Parker’s cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, according to prosecutors
An employee’s cardio pulmonary resuscitation certification was not up to date the day Parker was beaten, according to the report. A medical screening for a resident was also not completed. The report does not spell out if the screening was for Tiernan or Parker. Documents show the home was informed the child was not supposed to remain in their care. By the time the decision was made to leave the youth at the home, the five-day medical screening time line had expired.

Documents show the employee in question has since completed recertification. The corrective plan One Way Farm submitted has been approved.

One Way Farm Children’s Home officials have declined comment about the incident, but previously stated Parker was up and talking and had eaten a sandwich following the incident and did not appear seriously injured.

Contact this reporter at (513) 696-4525 or [email protected].

News Items / Re: Judge Rotenberg - Shock torture video released
« on: April 12, 2012, 12:50:02 AM »
I think this is a civil lawsuit. But there also seems to be an ongoing investigation by the Department of Early Education and Care. There may be other investigations ongoing.

Also there were criminal charges brought against Israel, mentioned in this article here: ... al-charges

"A court official who works at the Norfolk County Superior Court said that today’s schedule of cases lists a defendant named Matthew Israel facing two charges, misleading a grand jury and accessory after the fact to a crime."

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: Double-down on Fraud
« on: April 12, 2012, 12:23:29 AM »
I think you have to keep exposure high online. That is one place they can't hide. Media attention to abusive programs has really picked up in the last few years and I believe people are paying more attention to this legitimate issue.

Until opportunity presents itself, use the internet to raise awareness. That is my thinking.

I wonder if Perry Buco was in the Thompkin's Center Juvenile Residential Facility. You would think they would mention that connection in the article but maybe they missed it. Or it could have been revenge for a sibling or a friend who had been in there.....if it wasn't a coincidence.

News Items / Re: What would Jesus do?
« on: April 11, 2012, 02:53:12 AM »
Quote from: "none-ya"
Gotta' love those christians!

Excerpt from above article:

According to the church's website, its mission is "to raise the church body to be true disciples of Christ, meaning that if Christ would not think it, say it, or do it, neither will we."

And did you notice that this "church" which is run out of a strip mall, has homes for different types of people? I think it is called Fire Escape Ministries.

There is some evidence of treatment programs and churches/ministries converging.

News Items / What would Jesus do?
« on: April 11, 2012, 02:22:22 AM » ... _147191055

Rev. Lonny Remmers Held In Torture Of Boy Who Was Forced To Dig His Own Grave

Posted: 04/10/2012 3:31 pm

Authorities in California said they have uncovered a case of incredible cruelty involving a pastor and two members of his church. The three men are allegedly responsible for the physical and psychological abuse of a young boy who prosecutors say was forced to dig his own grave.

The Rev. Lonny Lee Remmers, the 54-year-old officiating pastor of the Heart of Worship church in Corona, Calif., has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse. Two members of the church, Remmers' stepson, Nicholas James Craig, 22, and Darryl Duane Jeter Jr., 28, have each been charged with nine felonies related to the incident.

The charges filed against Craig and Jeter include one count each of kidnapping, making criminal threats, false imprisonment and assault of a person by force; two counts of assault with a deadly weapon; and three counts of child abuse.

Authorities said they are considering additional charges against the three men.

Craig and Jeter are accused of taking a 13-year-old boy, who was living at a group home run by the church, to a secluded area near Barstow on March 18. Once there, the two men forced the boy to dig his own grave with a shovel then get into the grave while threatening to kill him. The men threw dirt on him and beat him with a belt when he tried to climb out, police said.

The following day, the boy was allegedly zip-tied to a chair at the group home and sprayed in the face with Mace, investigators said; the boy was denied treatment for about an hour.

"That same day ... Remmers (allegedly took) a pair of pliers to the boy's nipples while the victim cried and screamed for him to stop," said John Hall, a spokesman for the County of Riverside District Attorney's Office.

The abuses the teen suffered were committed as a form of discipline after his 30-year-old mother told Remmers that she believed her son had misbehaved, Hall said.

The boy's mother, who has not yet been named by police, has not been arrested. Authorities said they are still trying to determine is she was aware of the alleged incidents. Meanwhile, the boy and his 7-year-old sister have been placed in protective custody.

According to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Remmers had previous run-ins with the law. In 1998, he was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for criminal contempt. Remmers refused to live up to a settlement agreement stemming from a telemarketing scam, the newspaper reported.

Remmers and his wife, Lisa Remmers, are both listed as plaintiffs in a separate civil fraud case filed in Ohio last year. The disposition of that case is pending.

Calls to a phone listing for Remmers' church went to voicemail Tuesday. According to the church's website, its mission is "to raise the church body to be true disciples of Christ, meaning that if Christ would not think it, say it, or do it, neither will we."

On April 4, Remmers and his co-defendants each pleaded not guilty. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan set Remmers' bail at $35,000, and at $150,000 each for Craig and Jeter.

It was not immediately clear Tuesday whether Remmers or his co-defendants had obtained attorneys. All three men are scheduled to appear in court again April 19.

If convicted as charged, Remmers faces up to seven years in state prison. Craig and Jeter each face up to 19 years behind bars.

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News Items / Re: Judge Rotenberg - Shock torure video released
« on: April 10, 2012, 11:38:17 PM »
For posterity, of course:

News Items / Judge Rotenberg - Shock torture video released
« on: April 10, 2012, 11:35:39 PM » ... t-20120410

Graphic video of teen being restrained, shocked played in court

Updated: Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012, 10:26 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

Mike Beaudet

Kevin Rothstein Producer ... z1rhQAi068

News Items / Re: St. John's Military School - Violence Alleged
« on: March 30, 2012, 06:03:25 AM »

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