Petition to end shock treatment at Canton school
BOSTON (AP) -- A New York family that settled a lawsuit against a Massachusetts school for disabled children that administers shock treatment therapy to some students is stepping up efforts to end the practice.
Cheryl McCollins will be joined by a former staff member at the Judge Rotenberg Center on Wednesday to deliver a petition signed by nearly 222,000 people demanding that state lawmakers ban the practice. The petition will be delivered to four lawmakers, including Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
McCollins sued the Canton school, alleging malpractice. A settlement was announced April 24. Terms were not disclosed.
The trial featured dramatic video of the aversive therapy administered in 2002 to McCollins' son, Andre, in which the autistic boy screams and begs for relief while he is shocked 31 times over several hours.