Now an independent residential program no longer operating under the WWASP umbrella the program has tried to market itself under a new name. How about the children? Are they better off now?
It would take a lot to change that. Especially considering that that management is very much the same.
Here are some statements from both a former employee and one of the children who was sent there:
former staff member wrote:
I used to work at majestic ranch from 2003-2004 in my opinion it is a nightmare for any kid to be there. The youngest kid there was 7 years old. I dont understand why a child that young was sent there still to this day. as you all know there was an investigation into alleged abuse with a staff member there. I was actually with this staff member that was accused at the time of the alleged abuse and never witnessed him abuse or torment the individual. There are upsides to the program but from my stand point there was room for a lot of improvement. if you have a child there get them out its not worth the money and there are other ways to get a child to listen.
I was that little seven year old girl in 2004. I still have nightmares about that place. I have scars both physically and emotionally from that place. I never had a proper childhood because my parents sent me there when they got a divorce and my dad got custody. His new wife didn’t like me and we fought a lot so they shipped me off. I can’t even put into words the kind of psychological damage I have experienced.
It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a child
The Oakley School in the South summit area in Utah was for many year owned by Aspen Education Group but is now under independent ownership.
While it was under AEG ownership it was often used as a step-down placement compared to the more restricted Island View “treatment” center.
Still reports of runaways were reported.
The events which took place during the AEG ownership will be covered by a documentary which currently is in the planning phase.
Also former students describe it as a holding place where the students revert to old ways once they are out.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
Yet another religious reform school was in the media for its abusive methods against teenagers. The structure of the school looked very much alike many others. Now where it is closed lawsuits are piling up. Unfortunately a little too late for the boys who endured the alleged abuse.
To make it even worse the manager – pastor James Waldeck – should be involved in a new private prison project in Montana.
Safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Rapes, Daily Beatings, and No Escape: Christian School Was Hell For These Boys (The Daily Beast)
- Minor sues Blue Creek Academy for negligence (West Virginia Record)
- Second suit filed against Blue Creek Academy (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Wild2learn was a residential school located near Glenlivet in Scotland. It was marketed as inspired by the controversial CEDU schools in the United States which closed down due to future lawsuits.
It wasn’t in operation for long before the local authorities ordered it to close.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
This is a special post. This is post number 500.
When our group was approached years ago asking us to make this blog, we didn’t believe that it would have brought so much good. As I write this yet another place has been raided by the authorities saving children. It is far from the first one.
Not every raid ends with a conviction. The laws covering such places in various countries are very relaxed. Often what is criminals for parents to do in their own home is legal when it is done in group homes or residential treatment facilities. Even when it is cut clear case involving criminals actions the convictions in the end are jokes.
In Denmark a male employee got 60 days in prison suspended when he had sex with a 15 year old girl who was isolated in a cabin on the island of Laesoe ordered by the social services in the girls hometown. When children die we see fines as punishment.
Our blog is using on a SEO code provided by another human rights organization in Denmark. Due to actions by the socials services in the Egedal area near Copenhagen the person behind the SEO code and system does not want to be running this blog. It is a question of money as so many things are in Denmark right now. He wanted us to put up a blog where places could be closed as result of our posts without tracing it back to the person who runs a large wiki database based in Denmark where a lot of criminal acts against children are recorded only to be handed over to the authorities if they want them.
That is unfortunately the case in a lot of countries around the world. They really want to close their eyes. They have skipped troubled teenagers away and they dont want to hear about the abuse the children suffer when they are in various residential treatment programs.
We have written about a lot of places. Our articles are not well received by everyone. Some actually believes that their torment helped them become a better person. Of course some of the owners of residential places we have made articles about, are angry at us. If you look at entry number 28, this is a good example. Years after our article was published the local authorities brought charges against the owner. For many other places on this blog it is only a question of time before the same destiny hits them.
Many accuse us of being judgmental. They accuse us on writing our articles based on Danish values. What can we say? They are right. However we do not believe that is wrong. We are proud of our background. We believe that we live in a superior society with superior values. If people do not like our view on life, they are free to read other blogs.
Our work is not finished. 500 posts more lacks before we can call it a day. When will we finished ? We don’t know. In fact we hope that we never will be finished because that means that children will live happily at home enjoying a life with partying and friends.
In a globalized world where there no longer is work for everyone and being elderly means that you only get our diapers changed once per day in the retirement homes as it is the fact in many retirement hoems in Denmark. So why work hard? You will get neglected in the end anyway.
We urge young people to enjoy life. If they get send away, we will hunt the people responsible and close the residential treatment options which causes so much torment and emotional pain.
It should be fun to be in the world as a teenager.
2016 it was announced that a former head teacher has been convicted for sex abuse. That was a closure for some of the former students who had endured far more that they should at the now-closed Oakwood School.
It is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
Haut de la Garenne is name connected to suspicion of abuse, cover up, satanic rituals. The full extent of what took place at this former childrens home located on the Jersey Island might never be fully investigated.
The authorities made som shocking discoveries. They found parts of remains of children. What else they found remains a secret because the management of the childrens home had political contacts among the establishment. Some of the officials connected to the school made quite a career on national and international level.
What remains uninvestigated is the religious part of the scandal. Certain rituals were performed. Were there even child sacrifices? We never might know.
What is clear and is fully covered is that it could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- “Sun Sea & Satan”: Documentary Exposes evidence of cover up at Haut de la Garenne, Jersey (Above top secret message board)
- More allegations about Beast of Jersey in Island care home (Jersey Evening Post)
- Jersey children’s home hell: Victims of Haut de la Garenne tell their story (The Mirror)
Corporal punishment was a mild term for the abuse which took place at Dalesdown in United Kingdom before the school closed after a storm destroyed much of the property. After the victims became adults they started to hunt down the person in charge and he was brought to justice.
It is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a child.
Former employees from the now-closed Banham Marshalls College were charged and convicted in court The offences took place between 1975 and 1986. Among the offences were forcing a boy to eat his own regurgitated food after being made to eat something he did not like and beating another with a plimsoll and studded belt because he thought he was lying about stealing money.
Another incident involved a boy being made to smash his new toys with a hammer after damaging a piece of furniture.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager
Yet another camp targeted against minors who use too much time on their computers instead of being with their parents who for some reason are not even there anyway was in the media in 2007.
It was labeled as the first but in reality such camps popped up in a lot of countries around that time. The deaths started to happen a year later. Forcing untrained children into exercise without proper medical supervision will kill some and they did.
We got no reports of death in this specific camp but in general they are unregulated and the question everyone ask. Will parents be able to demand the level of exercise of themselves that they put their children up for when they sign their children over to the instructors? Do they even know what they order for their children?
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.