Thursday, April 6, 2017

Did the Executive Director of Canton, Massachusetts' Judge Rotenberg Center of Applied Behavior Analysis extremely painful electric skin shock "torture" lie to the IRS about possible racial discrimination?

Mrs. Glenda P. Crookes, Executive Director of the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) electric skin shock "torture."

On January 22, 2015, Mrs. Glenda P. Crookes, Executive Director of the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock "torture," declared "under penalties of perjury" that she examined JRC's 2013 IRS Tax Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax Form 990, including accompanying schedules and statements, and that to the best of her knowledge and belief, it was "true, correct, and complete."

Furthermore, on her accompanying IRS Schedule E (5) she declared that JRC does not "discriminate by race in any way with respect to students’ (5a) rights and privileges" or (5e) "educational policies."

Then why did a USA Census Bureau survey for the USA Education Department National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the 2013-2014 school year show that out of 135 total students enrolled at the JRC, that 4 were Asian/Pacific Islander, 35 were hispanic, 75 were black, non-hispanic, and 4 were from two or more races, when only 17 were white, non-hispanic? (See p. 1 here concerning the Census Bureau's involvement with the survey.)

In other words, if JRC is not racist, then why, so to speak, were 87% of her students non-white while 13% were white? According to Vogell and Waldman (December 23, 2014), in 2014 "nearly 90% of the school’s students—121 of 137" came from New York City (NYC). However, the 2010 USA Census showed that as many as 44% of NYC's residents were white.

Alan Michelson of Facebook, an ABA Leaks volunteer, created this Judge Rotenberg Center racial demographics pie chart and sent it to the ABA Leaks Facebook page. He said, "Check the black population on the pie chart to see if there is possible racial discrimination."

Do these statistics point to real racial discrimination taking place at this ABA institution? Does she know it exists in her school if it does indeed exist? If so, did she commit IRS perjury? If so, then what penalty for the boss of the staff whose job requires them to hurt children who disobey her teachers or who make too much noise in her institution (Dawson, May 17, 2009)?

Relevant links

Please "like" ABA Leaks' Facebook page which contains the results of more of their JRC investigations.

An anonymous JRC investigator provided ABA Leaks with this New York State Education Department's reply to his request for some of the demographics of Rotenberg's state population, though it does not cover New York City in any detail.

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