A New England school for the emotionally and mentally handicapped mistakenly administered electric shock therapy (EST) to two students earlier this year, according to admissions by school officials. A single prank caller to the school initiated the mistaken shock therapy to the affected students.
According to officials at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, allegedly a former student at the school made a call earlier this summer posing as a teacher at the institution, and issued instructions to school officials for two students to receive shock therapy. The prank caller directed officials to administer 29 shocks to one student and, unbelievably, 77 shocks to another student. A school spokesman admitted that although both treatments are an excessive number of shock treatments, the electric shock treatments were carried out.
According to media reports, Massachusetts’s Disabled Persons Protection Committee’s 24-hour hotline received an anonymous call after the incident alerting the authorities to the mistaken shock therapy treatments. Both students were under 22 years of age and their names have not been released.