May 22nd, 2012
11:58 PM ET

Students receive electric shocks

The Director of Research for a school that administers shocks to change children's behavior defends the method. The Director of Yale’s Child Neuroscience Laboratory, and a father of autistic children, disagrees with the treatment; he says punishment doesn't treat the underlying cause.

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  1. Samuel Selvarasa

    This type of inhumane action can NOT be called treatment instead be called PUNISHMENT for innocent ANGELS. This is barbaric & the LAW ENFORCEMENT should monitor the people who have committed this crime to these innocent Angels. These children must have been used as research subjects by some so called scientist/s. Imagine, if this technique is combined with microchip,electrodes & GPS system then people could be shocked from a remote location via the satellite & people will not know the reasons for the pain & sedation. The pseudo symptoms of electrIC SHOCK could be misdiagnosed for epilepsy. A friend of mine is always sedated in public places & when he tried to study for exams. He always complain that he gets lot of pain in the left eye during this sedation time. Anderson Cooper was touching briefly about electrodes & remote control shock. Anderson Cooper should be rewarded for uncovering these secret crimes against humanity. We would like to hear any information about wireless taser via the satellite with the help of GPS system & microchip. Thank you ,Sir Anderson Cooper for helping us to understand the unbelievable. Please do some investigation on shocking innocent HUMANS through GPS & ELECTRODES & MICROCHIPS. Hoping to hear from CNN on shocking innocents through remote control & satelites. Thanks a million, SIR ANDERSON COOPER

    May 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  2. Lewis stansbury

    Institutions such as this have been banned all across the country throughout the history of developmental disabilities. Closed because of inhumane and utterly vile treatments similar to those shown in this video. It makes me shutter to think that there are highly educated, licensed professionals in this country who can argue the validity of this demeaning practice. As a former community support provider for young adults with Autism, and now an active duty service member, I am disgusted and enraged on behalf of those individuals and the families of those indivuals who cannot defend themselves. Organizations such as Pennhurst Hospital were closed for a reason, a very good reason. To make advancement in research and ultimately the treatment of these individuals. These young people rely on us to protect them and to speak for them. it is time this institution realizes why they are still the only in the country to participate in this treatment. It doesn't work.

    May 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  3. Joe DeLucchi

    Anderson, thank you for bringing this story to the attention of the US population. I was appauled to see the footage last evening on your show & am grateful that you were able to expose this. Thanks to you and State Senator Joyce - it is my hope and likely the hope of anyone watching your show that action be taken immediately to stop any form of shock therapy with this children and that this school also be closed.

    May 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  4. 3dscanman

    yikes!! ::facepalm:: I heartily believe that anyone delivering "aversive" therapies must be first subjected to a protocol of their own treatments first.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:52 am |

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    May 25, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  6. A.J

    This makes me so sick, My 6 year old son has PDD which is a form of Autism and if anyone did that to him I would freak, no one should be treated that way especially kids with disabilities, there are better ways to help them my son use to hit him self and bang his head on walls and ect. and with the right help which is not shock therapy he grew out of it. this makes me really sad

    May 24, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
  7. lizastephanie

    As someone who was offered a position at JRC, I can attest to the "house of horrors" that it really is. Unbelievable that they are still open. The create a culture of fear where children behave because they are terrified. Then they are treated for PTSD elsehwhere...

    May 24, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
  8. William B. Singerhoff

    I'm 71 years old and from upstate New York. When I was 10 and 11 years old, my mother was subjected to numerous shock treatments as therapy for a "nervous breakdown". There were times at the State Hospital in Binghamton where I could hear my mother screaming while being administered those treatmenst. To a small boy, they were terrifying for me to hear. Anyone who now uses such barbaric therapy, regardless of why they consider the need should be subjected to the same treatment. This outrageous treatment of disabled persons must be stopped immediately.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
  9. Jordan

    How is this even still allowed in our country?! Serial Killers are treated better than this nowadays. Its completely and utterly mind boggling that this so called school is still open. These children are mentally handicapped, they can't help how they are. The parents that say this "helps" their" children obviously need a psych evaluation of their own. This pathetic excuse for a school needs to be shut down and everyone employed put in prison immediately.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  10. Websmythe

    This is not corrective action. This is not just torture This is criminal assault. Especially because its a group picking on an individual. It doesn't matter what this issue with the kids are. The people doing this are criminally responsible and should be fired and the brought before the law in court. Even your dog is treated than this!

    May 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  11. C.L.

    This is crime against humanity!!!! Where are we Nazi Germany? Don't let the "experts" that are proponents of this branwash you with their justifications. This practice shouldn't even be up for discussion. It's harm in the name of so called help. This is about social control and forcing a person to comply. Shut this school down immediately. I wouldn't treat an animal like this, much less a human being.

    May 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  12. independent

    I have been a counselor for many years and this is not treatment; it's evil.
    People often say rightly that people with severe problems should get help;
    yet until we outlaw and jail sadistic "treaters" why would a person fearful of the
    system take the risk to get that help. Severe drugging or shocking is the lazy
    hack's way. It's about compassion, finding creative ways to reach the detatched,
    giving hope, (coupled with a plan) for each individual to get through life whole.
    But in our fast-food managed scare society (metaphorically)
    One flew over the cookoo's nest "treatment" rather than "Good Will Hunting"
    or "Ordinary People" style help; is taught to the next generation of "helpers."

    May 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  13. Susan Groonvaeld

    What a load of CRAP. there are no excuses ever to do this amount of abuse on any one or any thing, let alone a disabled child

    May 23, 2012 at 9:32 pm |