Out of the Shadows - The Legacy of Pineland Logo

All of the Above!

This quote was said in 1907, 1957, and 2012.


“…those unfortunates whose uncontrolled life and movements have been shown by science and experience to be a terrible menace to the social order and a constant economic burden to every family and community that shelters them.” – Inaugural Address of Governor William T. Cobb to the Legislature


“What about the 145 mentally-deficient men and women released from the Pownal State School during the past four years?…What’s the danger to the public? If there is a danger? Can you trust that person on the bus next to you?” – Lewiston Evening Journal, March 19, 1957


“Our children have endured lives where they are either a danger to themselves, family members, staff or fellow students, or even to passersby.” – Statement of the Parents organization at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, calling for the reinstatement of electroshock therapy “to allow for aversive behavior interventions, including restraint”.