October 2, 2010, Washington, DC–
Disabled children at Mass. school are tortured, not treated
By Laurie Ahern
Saturday, October 2, 2010 “We don’t torture,” President Obama said just days after taking office. Perhaps he is not aware of what is happening in his backyard — to children with disabilities in Massachusetts.
During investigations into treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, detainees reported being short-shackled, verbally abused, isolated, hooded and threatened in ways designed to induce fear of injury, pain and death — including threats that they might be tortured with electric shocks.
This publicity is a great first step in making the Obama administration, the public, and the media pay real attention to the abuses being leveled against our most vulnerarable children–But it is only a first step. If you are outraged that a rogue facility in the US can use taxpayer money to literally shock and restrain children, then please, join the conversation. Write a Letter-to-the-Editor of The Washington Post, and let’s keep this momentum going! With your help, we can put an end to these abuses against children and adults with disabilities.