“I just feel like I got punched in the gut when they did this,” said Louisa Goldberg, 66, whose son Andrew Goldberg, 39, lives at the center.
She said that her son had brain damage and epilepsy, and that he showed severe aggression as a teenager.
There were violent episodes, trips to the hospital, and psychotropic medications that left him sluggish.
Mr. Goldberg went to live at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center at age 19 and began wearing an electric shock device.
Ms. Goldberg said her son would receive two-second shocks as a sporadic part of a broader treatment plan.
“This treatment works, and I will stand by it, and I will fight for it,” Ms. Goldberg said.
The school administers the electric shocks with a device called a graduated electronic decelerator. »