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There is a petition available that NYS residents can sign to urge the Board of Regents and the NYS Education Department to immediately revoke the "emergency" regulations that they enacted on June 23rd.  These "emergency" regulations, while appearing to prohibit the use of "aversive behavioral interventions" -- such as electric skin shock, ammonia sprays, hot pepper sauce on children's tongues -- actually now open the door for every public school, preschool, state-approved private school, and BOCES facility to use these methods on disabled children if they obtain a waiver to do so.  The procedure for getting a waiver is that the district basically asks itself and the state, "Can we do this?" and then decides whether it can or can't, regardless of the advice of the state.  I kid you not.

The Board of Regents will be voting at their Sept. meeting as to whether to make the regulations permanent or not.

The Board and NYSED are holding after-the-fact public hearings for members of the public to submit testimony and input.  Information on how to submit feedback and the schedule for public hearings

If you would like to sign a petition to get the new "Aversives" regulations withdrawn, you can find a petition in .pdf format or in .doc  format.

Once you've completed it, email it or mail it to your nearest Regent.  Regent's contact information.

If you sign and send in a petition, please send a copy or an email to so that the Coalition gets some sense of how many people are demanding that these regulations be withdrawn.  

Originally posted to Dissent on Tue Aug 01, 2006 at 08:10 AM PDT.


Should public schools be allowed to use electric skin shock on disabled students under any conditions?

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  •  How is that not assault? (1+ / 0-)
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    In any other environment, giving someone an electric shock would be considered assault. Shouldn't it be punished more harshly when it's done to a child by an authority figure? Isn't that child abuse?

    This is turning into one of those days when I feel like the whole world is taking crazy pills...

    Thwarting the forces of idiocy since 1978. -6.38, -6.00

    by wiscmass on Tue Aug 01, 2006 at 08:19:45 AM PDT

    •  Assault under the color of state... ? (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't know the answer to your question when it comes to electric skin shock, but I am convinced that "hurling" and "strangling" children violate the state's penal code and that the NYS Education Dept. cannot legalize strangling kids by calling them "aversive behavioral interventions" that are permissible with a waiver!  And yes, "hurling" and "strangling" are in the new regs.

      Please, please, please help by spreading the word so that we can get more people sending in demands to revoke these regulations.  

  •  Oh, so the autistic kid that blows up (1+ / 0-)
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    gets the "gas" but Junior Jukes the bully just gets smiles and grins, it that it? Junior might flatten the principle, but the autistic kid well, he's "brain dead," right?-so let's abuse him!

    this sucks.

    Why hedge around when the mood is to return to corporal punishment.  

    Talk about spin.  

    If someone gets hurt, a Republican is somewhere behind it.

    Bush's lies kill American troops. Any questions?

    by boilerman10 on Tue Aug 01, 2006 at 10:40:05 AM PDT

    •  corporal punishment is prohibited... or is it? (0+ / 0-)
      The new regs also include a "prohibition" on the use of corporal punishment, but by the time you wade through their exceptions on the use of force and restraint in that section, you're left with the uncomfortable feeling that disabled kids are likely to be physically restrained in ways that will be experienced as "punishment" and that actually constitute "punishment" for symptoms of their disability, no matter what spin NYSED puts on it.

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