Coral Reef Academy is one of the holding places parents can choose when they are afraid that their child can walk from the facility once the child turns 18 as it is the case in most states in the United States but in Samoa the age of adulthood is set to 21 and the government don’t care about the welfare of the teenagers abroad who struggle with survival in a foreign country.
Corel Reef Academy is in the public most known for having robbed Earl Sweatshirt of his talent creating lyrics young teenagers would love to hear. He was a successful entertainer having visited several countries before his mother removed him from the entertainment industry for a period for more than a year.
When he returned his band had moved on. Several of them are now closely connected so people like Justin Bieber providing him with ideas for new albums while poor Earl Sweatshirt settles with some tweets.
Due to being a place where ambitions and progress can be lost, it is safe to say that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager (and as young adults).
- Earl Sweatshirt’s Coral Reef Academy Friend Says “New Yorker” Story Is False (Complex Magazine)
- Complex Exclusive: We Found Earl Sweatshirt (Complex Magazine)
- Remember “Shine” – even today artists face unspeakable challenges (Domestic Prisoners of Conscience)
Related to the previous entry is New Hope Academy (Samoa) which were located on Samoa.
As it was the case with the previous entry, it was also a scam and the operation of the faclity ended up i various lawsuits. The person close to the management got 10 years in prison.
Also 5 teenagers was suddenly stranded in a foreign country without contact to any adults who could help them. In the end the U.S. Consulate in Samoa aided them to a shelter.
It couldn’t have been a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Former BYU Football Player disappears (Scrutinized youth camp chief ‘took off’) (Mormons today)
- Man with isle ties gets 10 years in Texas (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
- 5 Stranded When Utah Firm Closes (Pound Pup Legacy – exposing the dark side of adoption)
In 1999 parents suddenly got the option of placing their children at Aloha Youth Academy in Samoa so they could use their time on other things than being a parent. Little did the parents know that the Academy which marketed ifself as the cure for almost everything possible was a scam as so many likewise facilities in Samoa was.
So 7 minors were sent to the Academy on for it to close down a short while later leaving the parent no options but to take their children home several thousand dollars poorer.
It didn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Scrutinized youth camp chief ‘took off’ (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
- Families sue founder of defunct reform camps in Samoa, Laie (Pound Pop Legacy – exposing the dark side of adoption)
The school closed in 1999. At the time of the closure the church who ran the school was aware that something was wrong with one of their employees. Decades later the victims finally got some justice when the court convicted the employee for his improper relationships with students.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager when the employee was around.
- Vicar jailed for decades of sex abuse after church failed to take action (The Guardian)
- Vicar gets 5 1/2 years for molesting boys (The Daily and Sunday Express)
- Church did not act on priest’s 30 years of child abuse (The Daily Mail online)
In 2007 an investigation into abuse started against former employees at the boarding school. Status 2015 is a conviction of:
- two counts of aggravated indecency (victim under 16 and under authority of the offender),
- two counts of aggravated indecent assault (victim under the age of 16 years), and
- two counts of sexual intercourse (person 10 and under 16 – under authority – strictly indictable).
It doesn’t like it was a good place to be as a student. Hopefully the school has introduced procedures to prevent something like from happening in the future.
- Ex-private school boy reveals sex abuse at St Stanislaus in Bathurst (The Australian)
- Priests and justice (SMH)
- A prominent churchman is convicted again in Bathurst NSW (Broken Rites Australia)
Richard O’Connor was sentenced to 10 years in jail in 2015. His crimes took place decades before in the 1980s.
While he worked for St. John’s College in Woodlawn he committed his crimes. It took very long to bring him to justice because people covered for him by ignoring claims instead of investigating them.
It could not have been fun to be there as students while he worked there.
St. Teresa’s College in Australia was mentioned in the media after suicides among former students. A principal faced charges of indecent treatment of children under the age of 17.
There has not falled any verdict in the case yet but based on the number of suicides it must be safe to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a student at the time where the alleged abuse took place.
St Patrick’s College in Ballarat, Victoria in Australia became the center of articles in the media after it was revealed that teachers in the past abused some students. Later some of the former employees were convicted in court. While the legal stuff now is over, the emotional scars inflicted on the former students may never go away.
It is safe to say that it wasn’t fun to be student there at the time where the abuse took place.
- Sins of the fathers still haunt abuse victims (The Age, Victoria)
- Call for inquiry into school paedophile ring (ABC News, Australia)
- They survived clergy abuse but are still paying a price (The Sydney Morning Herald)
Groton School in Massachusetts was the center of an investigation into abuse conducted by older students against younger students. The school failed to report the abuse to the authorities. They were fine. They apologied to the victims.
It is not certain which procedures they have introduced to prevent this from happening again but it is certain that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager while the abuse was ongoing.
- Accusations of Sex Abuse at Boarding School (ABC News)
- Elite prep school pleads guilty in sex abuse investigation (USA today)
- The Boy Who Cried Rape (Boston Magazine)
Tobinworld is the name for 3 dayschools in California. Recently an employee was arrested and the management distanced themselves from this case. However the not so funny thing by being a teenager at Tobinworld is not so much the actions of individuals. It is the policy of shock treatment used in the school like they do at Judge Rotenberg Center in another state.
The shock treatment is the factor that make it safe to state that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.