Archive | August 2013

141. Maryville Academy for Girls

Assault and suicide are the first words when people think of Maryville Academy for Girls. An unnamed 14 year old girl ended her life at this place. In 2002 an 11 year old girl was assaulted by older boys.

It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.


140. SUWS

SUWS is one of the oldest wilderness program. For many years it was not marketed as therapy but more like an outward bound program. Around 1980 the boot camp styled way of running a wilderness program was introduced. SUWS followed the market trend.

In 1985 a boy died during a hike showing that wilderness programs are dangerous. Today we know that he was just one of many who didn’t return home alive. It doesn’t sound like fun being a teenager in such programs.


139. Rocky Mountain Academy

For many years Rocky Mountain Academy like the other CEDU boarding schools were where the rich and famous shipped their kids off to while they were busy making a career for themselves.

Idaho seems to be a rather isolated place where none can hear the screams. A boy from Texas found himself not heard and hanged himself in the Camelot dorm.

It does not sound like a very fun place to be as a teenager.


138. Project PATCH

Somewhere in the rural Idaho teenagers are isolated by orders from their parents until they surrender to a life with God. Of course most try to runaway. In one case a girl found help with a dorm supervisor from the school. He was sentenced to 20 years for his help.

If a teenager is willing to live with a stranger it tells me that it is not a fun place to live as a teenager.


137. Innercept

This place seems to be one of those places where the parents are milked for every cent while the facility continues to find problem after problem they claim to be able to solve.

Feedbacks from people who have been forced to be there are not positive which leeds me to conclude that it is not a fun place to be as a teenager.


136. Glacier Mountain Academy

This group home / boarding school was sued by the state because they claimed that the owner ran the facility without proper license. The facility closed.

This kind of mess does not sound like a good place to live and go to school in for a teenager.


135. Eagle Mountain Outpost

This shortlived grouphome in Idaho didn’t exist for long as the authorities took a closer look into what kind of license this place should have. The manager had a career name and a private name, which is quite unusual even for this line of business.

A former resident states:

This was one of two Idaho schools I was “subjected” to as a child, the other was Eagle Mountain Outpost in Sandpoint. I was abused, beaten and harrassed by staff and, believe it or not groups of students doing blanket parties on myself and other students (and worse) all fully known by the staff, and especially the director, Tom Finucane, AKA Tom Gregory. I can’t understand how a male youth school director needs aliases, but he was and is a threat to any child he encounters. Should I find him I still plan on a lawsuit. It haunts me to this day as well. It was very hard undergoing all of this as a child and not even your own parents believing what was going on until it was too late.

It doesn’t sound like a place for a teenager to have fun.


134. Collège Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cœur

Not only are students required to follow a strict dresscode leaving them without options to express themselves. The uniform has to be purchased at a certain shop so the families cannot shop where clothes is cheapest. They also allowed the children to be abused for too long. Now an investigation has been launched into the abuse.

It is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a student.


133. Boulder Creek Academy

Boulder Creek Academy was part of the CEDU system based on the teachings of Synanon – a cult closed by the IRS. The original company went out of business in 2005 after several boys went missing from the program. To this very day they have not been located.

The facility was purchased by Universal Health Services. They didn’t change much and it continues to be a place where it is not fun for a teenager to live.


132. Aspen Family Camp

The idea sounds good. Let us put both the parents and the troubled teenagers on the same hike where they isolated from everyone and anything have peace dealing with their problems.

In reality it isn’t a good idea. The parents who can leave legally any minute complained about the harsh conditions and this constant focus on leaving forced the counselors to deal with that instead of the problems.

The concept was tried during the forth season of “Brat Camp”. One of the teenagers died after he returned back home from problems the program should have adressed. It doesn’t sound like a good place to be for the entire family.