328. Ludowici church school

The Ludowici church school was the center of a raid made by the Homeland Security. The students were moved into safety before hopefully to be returned to their families.

The conditions the students lived under at the school was not safe for them. Among the issues mentioned in the local media were:

  • Only two toilets for the entire student body
  • No smoke detectors and an air and heating system which worked intermittently
  • Poor sleeping conditions. The students were sleeping on blow up mattresses on the floor.

The investigation is still ongoing but it is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a student.

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327. Second Nature Wilderness program

Second Nature Wilderness program is marketed as a wilderness therapy program. It has departments in Georgia, Oregon and Utah.

The students are often forced to attend the program against their wishes.

It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.

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326. Royal Haven Equestrian Center For Girls

Royal Haven Equestrian Center For Girls was a behavior modification facility located on near Sisters, Oregon for some year before moving closer to Bend.

It focused on treating girls for various behavioral issues. However the treatment took a too personal approach for many of the girls. The founder was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

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325. Pendleton Academies

The Pendleton Academies was located in Pendleton in Oregon. It closed in 2008.

Founded in 1989 the facility was as a non-profit organization specializing in education and psychiatric treatment for children with the most challenging behavioral, educational, and mental health care needs.

However the facility used a lot of restraints and they failed to report the use of this to the authorities. As result they were forced to close.

It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

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324. Saving Youth Foundation

Justice finally caught up with the management of a Christian Boot camp in Mobile, Alabama

Years ago we wrote about a similar boot camp also in Alabama called Restoration Youth Academy also located in Alabama. After we wrote about the facility they got some unwanted attention from the local media and they decided to close their operations.

It turned out to be a trick enabling them to open under a new name.

Ordinary families who sought help for their children gave them to people who shackled their teenagers and isolated them in small boxes as punishment being lured by a website promising counseling and therapy.

Fortunately the authorities intervened and several arrests have been made.

It is time that the people behind such scams which includes a history back to infamous places like Bethel Boys Academy etc. can be stopped.

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

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323. The Academy and Scotts Valley School

Long ago there was a program called “The Academy”. They had departments in Oregon and in Fiji.

Former students stated on Fornits:

My name is Grace and i lived at the Academy for 22 months. i barely survived the mental and physical torture of the Bridge campus and the Brainwashing life “seminars”i lived with a girl who was molested in Fiji, I was there when a boy with tourettes was made to dig a hole in bridge. i was there when male staff sexually harrassed female students in bridge.I saw patricia Thomass compleat lack of compassion. As a student i can tell you that no one there had any right helping people change there lives. A person who staffed my training and worked at the school and LIVED on the bridge campus commited suicide from a drug overdose. He was supposed to be teaching me how to live?
My two years there i spoke to Patricia once and all she did was push me to tell my parents to go to the Life Training Seminars ( 3 grand a session) that they forced on me.

i will give ANY information to make sure Patricia and Ryan Thomas NEVER run another program.

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I attended The Academy’s Oregon and Fiji campus. six months at each and left when i turned 18 in april of 2005.

I was in Fiji there for about 5 or 6 months. while i was there, we did have someone from the embassy come by and we were instructed to be “on our BEST behavior” by the director, Victor Kissun (i think thats the right spelling)
dont speak unless spoken to. dont discuss anything you are not directly asked about. tell them how well we take care of you and how happy you are here.

it was effectively, a gag order and instruction to not make the school look bad in any way.

At the very least, i would say that this facility does condone the abuse of children when they see fit.

I saw a student be restrained and beaten by a staff member and another student. When i tried to stop this, i was
held down, had my hands and legs tied together behind my back and the other end of the rope tied to a beam in the ceiling so that i was unable to move or roll around anywhere. I was left like this for several hours. was forced to urinate on my self because they would not untie me. after this, i was held in isolation for about three weeks and had to sleep on the concrete floor.

After being released from isolation, things became alot better because i was able to trade american clothing, shampoo/conditioner and other items we had for Marijuana and Tobacco leaf and rolling papers. I once smoke Marijuana, with one of the staff members, on the front porch of the directors house while he was off campus. The students in my dorm were almost always chewing Tobacco and some times even smoked Marijuana in the dorm room.
I smoked Marijuana with about 4 or 5 staff members in the 6 months i was there. I never could have gotten away with that at the Oregon campus.

I am still in contact with others who attended these campus’ at the same time as my self. We would be happy to help out with any requests for information on this ‘school’.

The Academy as the first program was called didn’t bring profit in leading staffmembers created Scotts Valley School.

It is not a fun place to be as a a teenager

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322. Obsidian Trails Outdoor School

Obsidian Trails Outdoor School was a wilderness which used to operate in Oregon. At some point they employed a person involved in the death of another student in a Utah program before he came to this program. Later they lost a student which made the authorities order a stop to the program.

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

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321. Kincora children’s home (Northern Ireland)

Sexual abuse took place at this children’s home as it is common in a lot of group homes and foster families. However it is not normal for the authorities trying to stop investigation into child abuse. It was what took place in this tragic case.

It is state to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

320. Wagadh Gurukul International School at Sakwar in Virar, India

What is known is that 3 boys were found dead. Whether they were murdered or they committed suicide afraid of the severe use of corporal punishment is not known but it safe to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

The police is still investigating the deaths.

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319. Scindia School in Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh, India

Suicide attempts and cover-ups are the first things popping up when you google this school. It is safe to state that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.

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