578. The Family Bridges workshops

The Family Bridges workshops are used when one parent is claimed to have alienated the children against the other parent. However in many divorce cases it is not the parent who have the best interest in the children who wins custody in the courts. It is the parent with the most money.

In the case involving the Loudon sisters these critized workshops were used and the children had to endure time in court as they were criminals.

It cannot be fun to be forced to attend these workshops as a teenager when you really wants to be with a parent who loves you.


577. Hanna Boys Center

The Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, California has been around for many years. Recently it was in the news after the former clinical director was charged with 15 counts of of oral copulation of two minors by coercion or duress.

Earlier an executive director resigned after news concerning his action in the past before he came to the facility become public.

It doesn’t sound like a place oversight of the employees are tight.

It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.


576. New Visions Group Home

The New Visions Group Home located in Clovis, New Mexico lost its license after the authorities investigated the facility. They found improper care of the teenagers held at the facility.

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


575. Devereux School

The Devereux School is located in Rutland, Massachusetts. An officer was fired for hitting a student. Former residents speak of restraints as punishment. Former employees complain of lack of payment and overtime.

It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.


574. Waialeʻe Industrial School

Today Waialeʻe Industrial School in Hawaii is only a tomb but past generations remember this place with fear. Not everyone was placed there fairly. There was a time where the United States ran the former Kingdom of Hawaii as a kind of colony controlled by private businessmen who didn’t accept democracy or even the kingdom itself. It closed in the 1950’s.

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


573. Columbia Training School

Columbia Training School closed in 2008. It was about 100 years too late because the treatment the girls received sounded more like something you could have found 100 years ago. Some of the offenses which resulted in the placement of the girls were not real offenses like truancy. Truancy is a school problem, not a student problem. If the school provide an interesting method of education none should punish the children for staying away.

Danish high schools have friday bars so the students can drink beer just to keep them in school.

Anyhow once placed at the reform school the teenage girls could be placed in shackles, isolation or forced to trade in sexual favors just to make life something to survive.

It could not have been a fun place to be.


572. Ministerial Christian Academy

In 2004 the police raided Ministerial Christian Academy in California. They confiscated handcuffs, shackles, computers, financial records and other documents. Several of the student cried with relief when they were told that they could go home. The school was operating in the Montclair and Pomona area.

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


571. The Hebron Home

The Hebron Home (Børnehjemmet Hebron) was the center of a massive investigation conducted by the Danish state in 1907. Motivated by her strict religious upbringing the female headmaster held the children in the children home under control with her iron fist supplemented by use of isolation rooms. Sometimes the children were even starved. In the end the investigation resulted in her being forced to resign.

Backed by religious people she was appointed to teach at local religious school until she was fired for being too strict there also. She died in 1922.

Sources (In Danish only)

570. Morava Academy

Morava Academy was a shortlived boarding school project located in the Czech Republic. It was using the methods set up by the WWASP organization. The authorities in the Czech Republic soon discovered that something was wrong with the place and decided to conduct a raid. What they found was basically a private prison with isolation rooms.

The employees were arrested and the managers escaped the justice some months later when they fled from the country. Many of the teenagers did however not enjoy freedom when they returned home because the authorities in the United States failed to take the teenagers into protection by the social services when they returned home. Most of the teenagers were placed at the boarding school by parents who weighed personal time and cruises over parental responsability.

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


569. White River Academy

White River Academy started out as a wilderness program in Costa Rica but moved to Utah later. As a point one of employees were Randall Hinton known from the notorious Tranquility Bay. He was later sentenced in connection with another facility.

Various articles mention runaways and stabbing. It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.