Thursday, May 5, 2016

Massachusetts charges Eagleton School staff, which uses Applied Behavior Analysis, with abuse and revokes its license.

Journalist Lukas Ropek (May 4, 2016) of MassLive.com reported that Massachusetts' Department of Early Education and Care revoked the license of the Eagleton School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Berkshire County. So far, the Berkshire District Attorney has charged sixteen of its employees with abusing their students. The investigation is still ongoing.

This private school is known to have used Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA practitioners attempt to control children and adults, often autistic, by reinforcing and punishing behaviors when they add and remove rewarding and punishing consequences soon after their "clients" "emit" what they consider to be either desirable or undesirable behaviors.

Derek Gentile (May 3, 2016), of the Berkshire Eagle reported, "A police raid on Jan. 30 triggered the investigation, which, according to state officials, revealed a school-wide pattern of abuse, reportedly over the course of several years." Charges include "assault and battery on a disabled person..., assault and battery with intent to inflict injury..., (and) assault and battery with a dangerous weapon."

So when will the authorities revoke the license of the Canton, Massachusetts Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful electric ABA skin shock now that freelance journalist Evan Anderson, (May 4, 2016) has just exposed 410 severe abuse charges as reported by actual JRC victims in a recent ten year period?

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Berkshire Eagle staff (January 1, 2016): "Berkshire DA: 50 investigators descend on Eagleton School in student abuse investigation."

Phil Demers (January 31, 2016), Berkshire Eagle: "Eagleton School parents tell children's stories of alleged abuse."

Anthony Fay (April 8, 2016), 22News, WWLP.com: "Eagleton school shutting down after losing license."

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Altieri (May 4, 2016). The Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) sends ABA Leaks a database of 410 severe abuse allegations at Rotenberg in a recent ten-year time span, averaging one charge per every ten days.

Altieri (April 13, 2016). The Ass. for Behavioral Analysis International (ABAI) officially "approved" extremely painful Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) electric skin shock "torture" once again, after autistic advocates demanded they stop approving it.

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