231. Stanislaus Military Academy

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Marketed as an alternative school for at-risk teens being run by the local school district, the school soon became target for an investigation after two students died. 16 year old Tyler Grave and 16 year old Alexandria Flores made the decision to take their lives after they had been enrolled at the military school.

The district and the police saw it as an option for those students who didn’t attend school on regular basis. They forgot to ask themselves if the truancy might be based on an illness or just because the normal school wasn’t inspiring enough. Clearly it is obvious that some student should have been offered counseling or long-distance school over the internet taken from their homes if they couldn’t be around other people or just handling noise and other disturbances badly.

In Denmark many students have been offered hearing protection to wear in classes because even a quiet class can become too much for students suffering from various emotional problems.

There is no one-option for every at-risk student. People need individualized treatment. For those two teenagers this realization became too late. Maybe they rest in peace.

Being offered a solution which only adds to the pile of problems is no picnic. It is safe to say that for some students Stanislaus Military Academy weren’t a fun place to be during school hours.


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About Rotsne

Danish immigrant, but very integrated. After having worked for another research center, I have recently started working for International Culture Exchange where I serve the youth and their families wanting to become an exchange student.

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