As a society we want to give every child, not only our own, but every child the best chance in the world to succeed. It has been so for many years. In the old days it was a question about securing that every child could read and write. Today it is often mental illnesses where we want to help children to reach their full potential.
How then when you read about children being strapped down into chair or wooden boards where they are given painful electrical shocks. How is it helping the children?
It is properly not helping the children but we meant well as a society.
In Canada the authorities was forced to release records which showed that the highly trained therapists strapped children down in a wooden chair with metal padding so they could shock the children as a disciplinary precaution.
They believed that they helped the children removing them from their families who were living far away in the wilderness where they were unable to attend school to a boarding school surrounded with caring employees. Of course some of the children were not happy about losing contact so discipline was found necessary. They went too far. I believe that people – in this case the employees were not born evil – but they were misguided and they should have stopped themselves asking if they were doing the children a favor or scaring them for life as they in fact ended up doing.
They meant well but …
Today many children are giving an enormous amount of medication. We have been excellent finding new illnesses we want to cure. Just think about all these labels which cover everyday behavior ODD at teenagers, Internet Addiction disorder etc. We tend to medicate for everything and if some children are given +10 kinds of medication many of them ends up living like zombies without emotions,
So what is the alternative to medicate children into zombies? At Judge Rosenberg Center they believe that strapping electrical environment onto the children so they can apply painful electrical shocks by remote control when the children act inappropriate is the answer. Children at the center have ended up in hospital with a lot of burn marks on their body. Does it should like applying one of the gruesome electrical dog-collars on dogs? Yes it does. Such dog-collars have been banned in a number of countries because it is animal cruelty. So why allowing it on children?
They meant well, but …
- Survivors of St. Anne’s residential school still traumatized (Wawatay News)
- Judge Rotenberg Center Survivor’s Letter (Autistic Hoya)