302. King Family Ministries School

King Family Ministries School – also known as – the Second Chance Ranch was a religious boarding school located in North Carolina.

It was closed by the authorities. A member of the management was sentenced in court.

It is safe to state that it was not a fun place to be as a teenager.

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301. Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, Australia

A “sack” system where older students were given too much power too soon resulted in massive punishment and bullying of smaller students.

Corporal punishment became the norm.

The school administration didn’t bother.

It is safe to state that it wasn’t fun to be a teenager at this school.

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300. Teen Challenge, New Mexico

Various testimonies speak of poor treatment at Teen Challenge in New Mexico. An investigation was launced by the authorities after photos of teenagers cleaning sewers with no proper safety gear. It seems sure that it cannot be a fun place to be as a teenager.

A parents group on Facebook working against the facility has been founded.

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299. Group home in Corona run by pastor Lonny L. Remmers

A boy was tortured in bible class. He was also forced to digg his own grave. Fortunately they stopped there. Not he is safe and two employees and the pastor learned the consequences of breaking the law.

It is safe to say that it could not have been fun to live at the yet to be named Group home in Corona which was run by the pastor.

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298. Center for Discovery

Center for Discovery has been around for some time. Right now they are mostly known as being the new sponsor of the Dr. Phil show where teenagers are sent after Aspen Education Group has financial challenges.

Recently a girl confined to the center after one of the shows escaped december 1. She was secured from the streets of L.A. after a week in a poor state. Hopefully she will taken home to recover.

Among the reviews found on the Internet, we could see these two:

Our son was leaving the hospital and needed additional treatment for severe depression and we did not know where to turn. The recommendation was to find placement in a residential treatment center for 3 to 9 months. We were overwhelmed by the immediacy and urgency of the situation, trying to research programs in and out of state, and battling with the insurance company. Unfortunately, we chose the Center for Discovery in Whittier because it was closeby so we could visit, our insurance partially covered the cost, and the 30 days would buy us time to find a longer term program if needed. To this day my son still has flashbacks of the horrible treatment he received by the staff at this facility, and his father and I will forever regret sending him there. He was abused by an older teen while supposedly under “24 hour staff supervision” and a police report was supposedly filed. Staff at this facility showed the adolescent residents a complete lack of empathy, often abusing power and control, and telling the teens they should lie to their parents in family session and say that they’re getting better or elso they would be sent away to 2-year long programs. For the exhorbitant fees they charge, you’d think that they would not only most imnportantly have decent staff, but also a decent facility. The pathetic little basketball hoop in the parking lot was bent. Luckily, after this horrible place, our son went to the Anasazi Program in Arizona, which was truly a healing place, and he still talks about his good memories of Anasazi. If you need to send your teen into a therapeutic recovery program, it can be heartwrenching. I recommend avoiding Center for Discovery and the physical, emotional and financial pain it will cause you and your family.

Our experience completely mirrors Elissa’s. Avoid sending your child to Center for Discovery at all cost. They do more harm than good. Our daughter was also being treated for severe depression. She was too much work so they sent her away and basically told us “good luck” don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Stay away

It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.

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297. Farmers Christian Academy Girls Home

This enclosed boarding school claims to be a Christian school. A former student states:

I am a former girl of Farmer Christian Academy and I would like to share my experience with everyone. I was one of the earlier girls to come in the home and I stayed there for a year. I can honestly say it was the worst year of my life. There was a lot of favoritism played at this girls home and several girls were treated unfairly. While being in church a lot always gave me more spiritual guidance, the traveling was absolutely ridiculous. We would wake up at 3 or 4 AM and go to Tennessee and stay for the morning and night service and then would drive back that night and have to be up for school the next morning. Also, a lot of rules implemented at the home were not biblical at all. Several rules were based off of preference by dorm advisor Crystal Fields. Crystal fields had a very negative attitude towards certain girls and she refused to counsel them as she expressed falsely that we only wanted attention. Also, does the Bible not say “make a joyful noise unto The Lord?” While we were always traveling, we were know for our singing group. God values the Christian that sings for him from the heart no matter how they sound, but Crystal gave the microphones to certain people and made others feel as if they weren’t good enough to praise God. There were a few girls that could not sing very well and they knew they couldn’t, but they still wanted to sing in front of the church for their Savior, but Crystal commanded them to lip sing so they wouldn’t mess up the rest of the group. Also, your child will never be able to talk to you without supervision. All phone calls last exactly 15 minutes and you get one phone call every 2 weeks. You can also send and receive letters, but those are read before they are sent or given to the girl. If Crystal or the staff feels there is something you or your daughter shouldn’t see they will scratch it out with sharpie. When you finally get to see your daughter after 6 months don’t think you will get to have a private conversation with her. Crystal sticks so close that she can hear your inner thoughts. FCA has also had several staff members leave. Does that tell you something? There are a lot of unknown things about Farmer Christian Academy that parents should know before they submit their daughter there. As a former student there, I do NOT recommend FCA to any parent. I’m against this home so strongly that I wouldn’t even send my dog there! If you want your daughter to get some real, Godly help, look into Victorious Valley Christian Girls Home. That home is based solely on Christ.

It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.

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296. Randolph-Macon Academy

Hours before a 12 and 13 year old girl had to report at the academy their mother was found death. The girls were later found guilty having participated in the killing of their mother out of fear of the military school they were banished to.

The school is still in operation today and it might be another kind of environment the students face now than the fearful environment which we drove these girls to the ultimate tragedy – the killing of their mother.

It is safe to say that it wasn’t a fun place to be as a teenager back then.

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295. Miami Aerospace Academy

Forced sexual relationships is no fun. Adding the fact that the school was unlicensed, unaccredited and virtually unregulated because it is a private, non-profit school doesn’t make it better.

The brainchild of “El General” aka Evaristo “Ever” Marina closed in 1989. However not before it had made a negative impact on the lives of several students.

It was not a fun place to be as a teenager.

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294. Sibanye Youth Cadet Corps

According to Facebook page the Sibanye Youth Cadet Corps, the organization states:

The organization is para-military in its structure. All volunteers must undergo para-military styled training and will be using a military styled uniform. Discipline is required and members must sacrifice in order to achieve organizational goals.

However reading the news former students complain about lack of food, proper shelter etc.

It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.

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293. Word of Faith Fellowship Church

Word of Faith Fellowship Church was a religious community located in North Carolina. It became the center of an investigation by the Department of Social Service.

A male person claimed that he was inprisoned for being a gay. They also had a Danish connection to a likewise controversial church commnunity.

It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.

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