Echo Glen Children’s Center has been around for a long time. There have also been a number of suicide attempts and suicides for a long time.
At least 3 of these deaths are mentioned on the Swedish run memorial board “Today a child died”.
It cannot be fun to be there as a child.
- An eerie echo (The Seattle Weekly)
- Geoffrey Alan Vorhies – 1992 (Today a child died)
- Angela Miller (2001) and Ashley Shaddox (1998) (Today a child died)
Today the facility is mostly known for having been closed down after Joseph Bolt Jr. downed attempting to escape the facility.
But there was more reasons when the Department of Social and Health Services intervened against the facility after the death. Articles mention inadequate supervision of residents, treatment issues and disciplinary measures.
It means that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
The Ranch could not proceed as the parents of the boy sued the ranch and the insurance went up as result of the lawsuit.
Remuda Ranch is a private owned asylum for people suffering from eating disorders. Sadly it seems that they use “one-strategy-fits-all” leaving some not having been met considering their needs.
Some former patietns wrote on Yelp
In August 2015, my daughter arrived at Remuda Ranch’s inpatient program after spending almost a month at Denver ACUTE. She was very motivated to continue the great work she had done at Denver. She definitely wanted help. Unfortunately, Remuda mishandled her case and lost her trust so that the whole two month experience was a disaster. I would not recommend Remuda Ranch’s inpatient program to anyone.
I came to remuda ranch wednesday November 25th, 2016. I would not recommend this place to anyone. They were understaffed for one. And also the food was TERRIBLE. When you are first entering treatment and refeeding its scary while doing that you need to eat food that at least tastes okay. The food was from a place 10 minutes away, and it was not good. Often dry and not warm. They also wouldn’t allow us to heat up our food. You only has 30 mins to finish a meals and 15 for snacks. I didn’t talk to any of the doctors until i was there for almost 2 days! I should have seen every staff member i would have been working with day one. There are only 2 therapist there and 12 girls. They need more because i was expecting to see my therapist 2-3 times a week i saw him 1 time in the 8 days i stayed. They also don’t have any “down time” we weren’t allowed in our rooms at all until night time. Which i found really frustrating i had a headache and i couldn’t even lay down. Everything they say on their website is ONLY for the php and iop programs you don’t do anything they say on that site until you get there. Also i saw the horse one time the whole time i was there because unless you are on level green you are not allowed to work with the horses at all, and that was unfair. They have MAJOR restrictions at this place when it comes to the horses. Overall i didn’t even end up staying because i felt SO neglected as a patient. Some of the other girls felt the same way as i did. I cried buckets of relief the second i left. If you are recovering from an eating disorder i strongly strongly suggest that you go else where.
This place said they treated more than just anorexia and bulimia. Lies. No matter what disorder you have, they’ll treat you like youre anorexic and need to be shoved with food constantly. I went here in March 2015 on my own free will because I was desperate for help. They were completely disorganized, didn’t give one fuck about actually helping you. It was all superficial bullshit. “You can be fat and happy” , feeding poor girls who just wanted to be their idea of perfect about 3000 calories a day. 6 meals a day. 3 of which they called “snacks” but were the size of meals. And every thursday you went out to eat (pizza, burgers, mexican, etc) and still had to eat 5 other meals, which no normal person does. They lie to your parents. Ugh, just so many things wrong with this place. I realized they werent helping me and never were going to a week in. They forced me to stay 2 whole months, when I signed up for it myself (though I was a minor, age 17, so they could keep me there legally as long as they wanted) I sort of erased my memory of the place for a long time.. but have been thinking about it recently, which is why I decided to write this jumbled mess of a review.
It does not sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
Mount Carmel Youth Ranch located in Wyoming has a number of incident which seems to have closed them down. We have not been able to locate an active website.
Some of them were:
- April 4, 2001: A 15-year-old ranch resident is seriously injured while using farm equipment without adult supervision. He files a personal injury lawsuit in 2005 alleging negligence by ranch managers. He is paid $1.2 million as part of a settlement that also mandates equipment warnings at Mount Carmel.
- Sept. 11, 2002: Department of Family Service and Park County Sheriff’s Office personnel investigate an incident in which a boy said he was thrown against a wall by a staff member. The staff member said he was lifting the boy out of a chair when the boy threw himself against the wall in an attempt to exaggerate the incident. Police reports note that the boy was moved to a separate facility, but list no arrests in connection with the incident.
- March 5, 2003: Police investigate the theft of a $2,000 saddle kept at the ranch. A police report states that a former ranch resident with “an extensive criminal history for his age” confessed to stealing the saddle.
- Nov. 15, 2004: A 15-year-old boy runs away from the ranch after another boy used a rope to choke him unconscious following a dispute. Police reports note that ranch staff “did not think that anything other than boys’ rough-housing had been going on.”
- Jan. 7, 2005: Sergei Yates, an adult former ranch resident still living in Park County drives to Mount Carmel and picks up another former ranch resident who returned for a visit and takes him to buy marijuana. Upon returning to the ranch, the visiting boy shared the marijuana with resident boys. Yates is later convicted of possession of marijuana.
- May 9, 2005: Police reports indicate a 16-year-old resident of the ranch “is confessing to a murder in Florida two years ago.” Further details of the confession are not available.
- Sept. 18, 2005: After nine days on the job, a sleeping counselor who was the only adult on an overnight camping trip with eight boys, is brutally beaten with shovels by three of the boys, sustaining a serious and lasting brain injury. Seven of the boys steal a vehicle and flee. One boy runs for help.
- Aug. 27, 2006: Ranch staff call police to report a runaway, only to later discover the boy was sleeping in the television room and had been overlooked by staff.
- Sept. 25, 2006: James M. Schneller, a 28-year-old counselor employed by and living at the ranch, is arrested. He later pleaded guilty to one felony charge of prescription forgery to obtain narcotics. Police reports quote him as saying he had a prior arrest for a drug-related offense.
- Oct. 9, 2006: Four boys from the ranch take a trip to a nearby store, with one of the boys driving, because the ranch employee escorting them had no driver’s license. Later that night, they steal a ranch van, money and gas and drive to Oregon. They call the ranch, and are told to spend the night in a motel and wait until staff members arrive to take them back to the ranch.
- Oct. 12, 2006: Ranch owner Gerald Schneider calls police to report that a male named “Jimmy,” who had been arrested recently on another charge, had provided alcohol to some of the boys at the ranch.
- Nov. 11, 2006: A boy from Mount Carmel jumps out of the emergency exit of the ranch’s bus in downtown Cody. He is missing for six hours until located by police.
- Dec. 12, 2006: Matthew Ivey, a 19-year-old former ranch resident living in Powell, is issued a larceny citation by Park County Sheriff’s Deputies for stealing gas from a storage tank at the ranch. When asked why he didn’t lock the tanks, the police report states the director “figured he would just lose track of the keys.” Ivey later pleaded guilty to charges in the case.
- Jan. 18, 2007: Matthew Ivey is arrested and charged with four counts of check forgery. He later pleads guilty to one felony forgery charge.
- March 8, 2007: A 17-year-old ranch resident disables an alarm and breaks into a locked box and steals 50 oxycodone tablets, ingesting several before running away. The boy had recently cut off the tip of his little finger while chopping firewood.
- March 11, 2007: Sixteen days after a boy accidentally chops off his fingertip while cutting firewood, a boy fractures his ankle while using a sledge hammer and wedge to split firewood
- March 30, 2007: Matthew Ivey is arrested in connection with a string of vandalism incidents around Powell involving using a BB gun to break windows in buildings and vehicles. He later pleaded guilty to a felony charge of destruction of property, and received a suspended prison term and five years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay $5,626 in restitution.
It does not sound like a fun place to be as a teenager and it might explain why they seem to closed.
- Timeline of Mount Carmel Youth Ranch incidents (The Billings Gazette)
- Mount Carmel didn’t fulfill promises to son, mother says (The Billings Gazette)
- Factsheet of the facility (Fornits Wiki)
Young Danes dreaming of a life in the movie entertainment business were abused by the directors Ernst Johansen and Lasse Nielsen. Ernst Johansen had a taste for young girls and Lasse Nielsen a taste for young boys.
They made a number of youth movies like “Du er ikke alene”, “Måske ku’ vi” and “La’ os være”. They were the hottest partnership in the Danish movie industry back then. Young talents wanted to be part of the movies and the ambitions was abuse by the directors. One of the girls comitted suicide.
It could not have been fun being a teenager finding out that the agenda never was to make the movies, but rather using the movies to get easy and quick sex.
- Overgreb i danske ungdomsfilm (Ekko film)
- ’Det var 70’erne, og det var sommer, og solen skinnede’ (Information)
St. John Vianney Seminary located 25 miles west of Richmond, Virginia is closed. When it was open the boys suffered by the strange and bizarre behavior among some of the employees which must be considered abuse.
Investigation was finally launced many years after. It remains unclear whether the full scale of events ever will be public, but it is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a student.
- Richmond’s Troubled Diocese”>Richmond’s Troubled Diocese (The Washington Post)
- Father Figure (Style Weekly)
- Richmond, Virginia – St. John Vianney Seminary (SNAP Survivors’ Network)
The St Michael’s Catholic Boarding School was a religious school in Tanzania. It was run by the Rosminians.
In 2010 investigation began into the past of the school, which was published in 2011. It could not have been fun to be there as a student.
- He was my priest and my friend. Then I found out he was a paedophile (The Guardian)
- Abused: Breaking the Silence, BBC One, review (The Telegraph)
- The men abused by Rosminians deserve compensation (Catholic Herald)
- Saint Michaels School, Soni, Tanzania (Soni Prison Camp) (St. Michael’s & St.George’s School, Iringa – Tanganyika REUNION)
The Grace Dieu Manor School is run by the Rosminians. They also ran other schools. The order ran a Yorkshire reform school near Market Weighton from 1857 until they were replaced in 1912. Out of three Rosminian rectors, two were moved after being criticised by authorities for the use of excessively severe punishments. In Ireland, the Rosminians ran two industrial schools, St Patrick’s in Upton, from 1889 to 1966, and St Joseph’s in Clonmel, from 1885 to 1999. The Ryan Report from the Ireland’s Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse document abuse at the schools. Several lawsuits have been filed and many were settled outside the court system.
It seems that the order neglected to report abusive staff only exchanging them to other places once the complaints became too many. It could not have been fun to be there as students.
This very alternative school was located first in California, then in Mexico until the started ended its time in Guatemala.
They used an alternative curriculum and the children attending the school were basically isolated in an environment organized like a cult.
The school closed in the 1990’s and both founders are now dead. It looks like a bad place to be as a student.
Underley Hall School had housed various schools since the 1940’s. Recently a case was opened against employees working there in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
The employees used a lot of brutal force to keep the student in place. A trial was resently started in response to the treatment the children received.
It could not have been fun to be there as a student.
- Underley Hall School staff ‘gouged eyes of pupils to instil fear’ (The Times)
- Men Go On Trial Over Alleged Historic Abuse At Underley Hall School (Lakeland Radio)
- Underley Hall staff instilled ‘fear and brutality’ (BBC News)
- Underley Hall School trial: Former pupil tells court he was left “battered and bruised” by alleged assault (The Westmor Land Gazette)