In 2021 people gathered to protest against Solstice East – a residential treatment center located in Weaverville, North Carolina. Since 2020 there have been a lot of focus on the long-term consequences of having been placed in a restricted hospital setting while underaged. An article speak of extensive use of isolation rooms.
A report from 2020 made by the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation was very critical of the facility. The facility was given a number of issues, they should work on.
If a facility does not comply with state standards it means that it does not sound like fun to be there as a teenager.
- Survivors Protest to Shut Down Solstice East Troubled Teen Facility Following Release of Disturbing Child Abuse Investigation Report (Reddit TroubledTeen awareness group)
- How a stay at Solstice East RTC felt – by “couchland_prevails” (When Far from Home – victim testimonial blog)
- The Truth About Solstice East / West (Reddit TroubledTeen awareness group)
- You’d hear girls screaming, crying.’ Former clients, state allege abuses at Solstice East (Citizen Times)
Children at the Eliada Children’s Home has been removed by the state authorities. Their license were suspended meaning that the children must be removed to protect their safety.
An article mentions that three children were reported injured in “serious occurrences” in the facility over just one weekend.
Furthermore in a three-month span from November 2018 through January 2019, documents say, there were 81 cases of Eliada employees using “restrictive interventions” with clients. That is a clear sign that the employees were not trained to talk to the children in a way where such actions could be prevented.
It could not be fun to have been placed at the facility as a teenager.
A group home in the Powell area is mentioned in newspaper articles. The owner has been charged child endangering because one of the residents suffered a frostbite. Whether he owner sought medical attendance at once or delayed it as the police sees it, is purely a legal question for the courts to decide.
But setting up the conditions which led to the resident getting the frostbite, is the responsibility of the group home. If the conditions are that harsh, the boys should not be allowed activities outside.
The facility was started by a employee who used to work for Mouth Carmel (which is also mentioned in this blog)
That could not be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Owner of Powell group home charged after teen suffers frostbite (Powell Tribune)
- Mount Carmel has struggled to keep staffers and strike educational balance (The Billing Gazette Wyoming Bureau)
- Owner of Powell group home charged after teen suffers frostbite (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)
The Don Dale Youth Detention Centre has been hit with a lot of negative press coverage as result of photos leaking from the prison showing children in shackles and forced to have their heads covered by hoods. In year 2000 a boy died there.
Plans have been made to close the detention centre down but it has not been implemented yet. Maybe the authorities believe that the entire matter would be forgotten once other media topics take the front pages over. All the inmates lately seems to be Aboriginal.
Australia have recently introduced legislation to prevent foreign NGO from taking interest in the facility because they demand that social media like Facebook that activists use as communication have to pay too much for quoting articles from Australian newspapers, so this tool can no longer be used to inform people abroad about conditions in Australia.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
The Youth Development Center in Manchester is in the news due to the investigation into the actions of so-far two former counselors who has been charged with repeatedly raping a teenage boy in the 1990’s. Dozen of former victims have stepped forward.
While a youth detention facility is punishment, the punishment should never include rape. We can only hope that the victims are able to ask for a compensation using a private lawsuit against the state, which should have ensured that this form of abuse could not take place.
Today the detention center is known as: Sununu Youth Services Center
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager during the periode described in articles.
- AP Exclusive: Dozens allege abuse at youth detention center (Associated Press)
- Two ex-Sununu Youth Services Center counselors indicted for sexually assaulting a child (Concord Monitor)
Nothing much is known about this organization in Denmark beside the fact that the Danish department was result of the work of a certain Tytte Botfeldt who is now deceased and their close work with the couple Lise and Ole Brems. The family who was living in the village of Klarup and was consisting of a doctor and a nurse took a lot of foster kids in. Some of the foster children died but the doctor issued death certificates despite the fact, that he was close to them. At that time it was legal and the law has due to this case been changed so no doctor with close ties to the deceased can issue death certificates.
In the end the authorities started an investigation against the foster parents and the doctor was convicted to two years in prison and he was allowed to keep his medical license to work as a doctor once the time was served. The wife was convicted to 4 years in prison and lost her license permanently. Why the difference? Why was he allowed to work when he provided medication and falsified the death certificates, remains a mystery.
Today this case involving the Terre des hommes organization in Denmark has largely been forgotten but it is certain that it could not have been fun to be a foster child in the Brems family.
- Det respektable lægeægtepar (Book in Danish language)
- Helvedet i Klarup (Blog by Hans Hüttel in Danish language)
- De tyske mulatbørns danske historie (Kristlig Dagblad – in Danish language)
Further information about the Danish department of Terre Des Hommes. In 1999 an investigation was launch into falsified medication documentation about children adopted from Romania. Danish parents believed that the children was healthy but serious illnesses were hidden from them by the organization. As result the Danish department no longer arrange adoptions.
- Aktører i Danmark (Adoptionpolitisk Forum)
Sydøstsjællands Idrætsefterskole is a boarding school located in Haslev. It is of the type “Efterskole” (internationally compared to Continuation high schools) where children of rich parents who can afford DKK 50,000 or more for a kind of gab year can join for Form10 before they continue in gymnasium or more labor targeted schooling.
The students attend typical for one year. During a year they have most weekends off and are only required to remain at the boarding school for about 10 weekends per year.
As result of the Chinese Covid-19 pandemic many students have been forced to remain at home for some part of the school year receiving online education.
Most boarding schools in Denmark require a test before returning to the school after a weekend in private.
April 2021 a headmaster Anders Quistgaard expelled a 16-year-old student because the student during his private weekend off participated in a protest against the Danish Governments numerous lockdowns. Many Danes have lost their job, income and had their houses foreclosed.
As result a raising number of citizens have protested the precautions put up by the Danish government. The protests are called “The men in Black” protests. The authorities have arrested many and some even were arrested because they shared the news of protests previously published in Danish newspapers as the Danish government prefers that the surrounding world should not know about the difficult situation, the citizens in Denmark face.
Searching on the website of the school no information about a ban on certain political views or statements have been found. Still the student was expelled due to his political opposition towards the Danish government. The school state some kind of safety concern for the employees but the fact is that there are plenty of test-centers in Denmark, you can go to every single day without any delay, so there is nothing to worry about for any of the employees. They might be just as exposed to the virus while shopping in their local supermarket.
The local citizens do not like the students at the school
It seems that local youth dislike the students at the school. In 2015 groups of students were attacked by local youth and the article mentions that it was a tradition in town to beat the students up.
We must condemn expelling students based on their political point of view and that makes it safe to say that it cannot be fun to be there as a student if you do not share the political point of view of the school management. Also the placement of the school in a violent neighborhood must be of some kind of concern.
- Anton deltog i Men In Black-demonstration: Så blev han smidt ud af sin efterskole (BT – article is in Danish language)
- Continuation high school (Wikipedia)
- Voldelig tradition: Nye elever på efterskole fik tæsk af 15 lokale unge (TV2 Nyhederne – article is in Danish language)
The Green Meadow Waldorf School become center of a scandal involving an investigation into sexual abuse which where not investigated by anyone at the time it took place. The school also became involved in a lawsuit where it severed ties with a teacher rumored to have child porn in his possession.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager in the past.
After former students came forward, the Emma Willard School asked for a report into the past. It revealed several cases where the students were not secured properly.
To make matter worse, the local laws did not require schools to report abuse conducted against their students.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Emma Willard report reveals history of sexual misconduct (The Times Union)
- SPECIAL REPORT: Loopholes Allow Private Schools to Avoid Reporting Abuse. Will Cuomo Fix It? (Spectrum News)
- Decades of sexual abuse revealed at Emma Willard (The Daily Gazette)