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Mental Health Treatment
September 26, 2011 permalink
A young lad was being treated by Ontario's child protection or mental health system for an elevator phobia. He was calm until staff tried to put him on an elevator, but then freaked out. A woman waiting in an unrelated case recorded everything. During the entire incident a children's aid worker was in the room and did nothing to protect the boy from abuse. Listen the the screams of the boy as he received "treatment" from hospital security guards. The freakout audio (mp3) was created by re-recording from the original. There may be a higher quality copy available soon. It was made on September 26, 2011 by Melissa Buckingham-Russell in the emergency department of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket Ontario.
Melissa Buckingham-Russell Just got back from the hospital & I've NEVER been so disgusted. There was this boy around eleven years old in a room on a stretcher. Suddenly he is screaming at the top of his lungs: "PLEASE DON'T STRAP ME DOWN. PLEASE DON'T TAKE ME IN THE ELEVATOR. I'M SCARED OF ELEVATORS, PLEASE DON'T." There are 4 security guards pinning him down trying to restrain him in the middle of the emergency department while he's screaming. He even tells them he's in counselling due to his elevator phobia & continues to beg they not make him go in it. When that didn't help he yelled "YOU GUYS ARE REALLY GREAT FOR ANXIETY. PLEASE DON'T TAKE ME IN THE ELEVATOR. I'LL WALK LIKE A GOOD KID, PLEASE DON'T" He was kicking, screaming & arching himself trying to get loose. There was some woman standing there clearly not his mother cuz she didn't say a word or move to help this child. I was there with our CAS worker for a health issue so had my voice recorder going to record our conversations & it caught this whole ordeal with the child. They forced this poor kid to be restrained to a stretcher, & hysterically forced into an elevator. I felt so helpless & couldn't imagine what this poor child was feeling. I even said to our worker I couldn't sit there & watch it anymore. As a mother I felt so sick. The woman standing there didn't go up with him to wherever they were taking him either, My worker didn't seem fazed by it either except to say to me why don't they take him up the stairs. I'm still crying for this little boy, looked identical to my step-son. :-( Wondering if I should post the voice clip so everyone could hear this poor child.