Based on the original CEDU school this school was founded in Italy. It didn’t last long because Italy at that time had stricter requirements into what a school should include regarding curriculum. For the teenagers who were sent there it was basically a waste of time they could have used on better things.
Robbing time from teenagers when they could go through the rite of passage towards adulthood drinking, socializing and partying makes it safe to state that it wasn’t fun for the teenagers to stay there.
HAS ANYONE HERE EVER HEARD OF THE AMITY SCHOOL IN ITALY? (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora)
In the years from 1997 to 2009 this academy was considered one of the worst places to end up as a teenager. None gained anything from being locked into that place other than life long nightmares.
In 2001 girl jumped to her death. She had arrived just days before. The employees hit a suicide note written in code from the authorities and the parts of her uniform which she didn’t wear at the time of her suicide to new students the next day.
In 2007 a group of citizens rescued a boy from New York using political pressure. In 2009 the academy was shut down efter the authorities in Jamaica finally took interest in the activities at the academy.
To describe all the complaints teenagers could have against such a place would take several blogs so we will conclude that it is safe to state that it was not fun to be there as a teenager.
- WANT YOUR KID TO DISAPPEAR? (Legal Affairs)
- Jewish family sues Jamaican reform school for troubled teens (New York Daily News)
- Factsheet about the facility (Fornits Wiki)
This boot camp lasting one week was sponsored by Huntington Park and South Gate police departments. In 2015 arrests were made after allegations of abuse.
It is safe to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
The High Frontier located outside Fort Davis in Texas. In 2002 some boys ran from the facility and ended up in a hospital due to intake of drugs found during their run.
A former resident wrote:
I was sent here as a child and had a terrible experience. Most of the staff has no business being around children… I still can’t trust people after the experience. I think that if my parents had found a better place for me I would have actually learned some coping skills and maybe worked through my problems instead of learning to fear people and their abuse. :( There are other great programs out there, but this is not one of them.
It seems that it is not a fun place to be as a teenager.
On Track Wilderness Program was involved in the Brown Schools organization. Today it is mostly known due to the tragic death of Charles Chase Moody caused by an illegal restraint hold.
Backed up by other testimonies it is safe to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Teen Died in Illegal Restraint Hold (corrections.com)
- A Nashville girl in the wilderness near Mason, Texas (Just another hike)
- Death in Texas at “On Track” Wilderness (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora)
Star Ranch was a boys ranch located near Ingram in Texas.
Two boys died there before it was forced to close. The owner later opened a summer camp in another location.
The deaths and testimonies from boys who were sent there makes it safe to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
Resolution Ranch is a boys ranch located outside Cameron in Texas. In 2011 the ranch attrached notice in the media because two boys who ran from the ranch were hit by a train. Fortunately they survived.
However putting the boys in a so desperate state that they choose to run risking life treathing injuries make it safe to state that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
Rebekah Home for girls was a previous version of New Beginnings Girls Academy, which also is on this blog. The state of Texas forced the management to flee the state because the authorites wanted the girls to experience minimal human rights.
Basically the girls were isolated from their peers at home, they were exposed to corporal punishment and subjected to religious teaching without considering what the girls personal belief were.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Lester Roloff’s Rebekah Home for Girls – A Place of Reformation or Exploitation? (The Wartburg Watch 2015)
- State forever bans Roloff home leader’s wife from working at facility (The Caller)
Reality Invasion Boot Camp became the center of an investigation after the instructors used stun-guns on the children participating in the program.
The case fell in the complicated legal system even after one of the instructors acknowleged the use of stun-guns.
It does not sound like a fun place to be as a child. Normally we only places teenagers are forced to attend but this program have taken 4 years old in.
- Several Cases Are Dropped in Reality Invasion Boot Camp Investigation (Big Country Homepage)
Tragedy was close to happen when the so-called counselors decided to drag a girl behind a car because she would not participate fully in the activities in this boot camp.
The police pressed charges but the legal system can be complicated so the case got stuck in appeals. At least it led to the closure of the boot camp. What is remaining is that the Charles Flowers is fired from whatever job he might have which includes contact with minors.
Later the pastor became involved in the fight against same-sex marriage. He proclaimed “a divorce between the Civil Rights Movement and the HLGC agenda citing irreconcilable differences.”
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Girl ‘dragged by van at Christian boot camp’ (Daily Telegraph)
- Hung Jury Declares Mistrial In Van Dragging Of 15-Year-Old Girl (Digital Journal)
- Charles Flowers: Gays ‘Seek Special Rights’ To ‘Persecute’ Conservatives (Right Wing Watch)