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Massachusetts school wins court battle to use electric shock therapy on self-harming disabled students

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, a therapist checks the ankle strap of an electrical shocking device on a student during an exercise program at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Mass. The student, who was born with a developmental disorder, wears the device so administrators can control violent episodes. On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is banning a class of controversial devices used to discourage aggressive, self-injurious behavior in patients with mental disabilities. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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A school for developmentally disabled students in Massachusetts has won a controversial appeal to use electric shock therapy on self-harming pupils.

In March of last year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of electric shock devices as treatment for individuals engaging in self-injuring or aggressive behaviors.

The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Massachusetts, which is the only place in the country to use electric shock therapy for this purpose, petitioned the ban with the support of parents and guardians of patients who receive the treatment.

This week a federal appeals court overturned the details ⇒

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