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After 8-Year Battle, Video of Autistic Teen Being Restrained and Shocked Is Finally Released

Video of an autistic student being restrained and shocked at the Canton, Mass. Judge Rottenberg Center was played in court on Tuesday. The video was made public by FOX News in Boston.

The video shows then-18-year-old Andre Collins, who has autism, screaming and writhing in pain as he is restrained, face-down, and subjected to 31 electrical shocks over the course of 7 hours.

The viewing of the video came after an eight-year battle between lawyers for Mr. Collins’ family and the Judge Rottenberg Center, a residential special education facility. Previously, the JRC’s attorneys had convinced a judge to seal the video. Mr. Collins’ mother, Cheryl Collins, pushed for the video to be unsealed, to be viewed as evidence in court.

That battle continued up until Tuesday morning, when Superior Judge Barbara Dorch-Okara cleared the way for the video to be viewed in court, with news cameras rolling.

The video, taken over seven hours on October 25, 2002, shows then 18-year-old Andre Collin being shocked 31 times, while restrained, face-down, to a table. During the seven hours, he was given no food, water, or bathroom breaks. After the ordeal, he remained in a coma-like state for days, and was treated at Boston Children’s Hospital.

FOX News’ video is below. WARNING: it is graphic and extremely disturbing, and not at all appropriate for children. I’m sharing it here on Strollerderby not to be sensationalistic, but because it’s important to know that this is happening, here in this country.

As a mother and as a human being, it’s the worst autism story I’ve ever covered.

(via: Jezebel, FOX News Boston)

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You can read more from Joslyn at her blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy. You can also follow her on Facebook and on Twitter.

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