Friday, March 16, 2007

Confusion of cause and effect? Or just plain barbaric?

"If he continues to hit his head, he's going to be blind," Fran Bernstein said. "And that is his way of communicating -- with his eyes."

This is how a Bradley Bernstein's mother justifies shocking him, just "lightly" and "maybe once a month" with a cattle prod.

She and her husband are suing for their rights to continue the treatments.

Let me see if I understand...
Autistic man hits himself on the head.
Neurotypical parents administer shock with cattle prod.
To, ummm... protect him?

Empathy, anyone?

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