The program located with an office near Flower Mound in Texas is best know for having been one of the programs which were kicked out of Mexico due to what the local authorities in Mexico called human rights violations.
Today they market themselves as a kind of rehab program lasting typical 6 months.
Based on their past history and feedbacks from the teenagers who have been there it is safe to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Abuse at a Teen Rehab ‘Camp’ in Baja “FET” (Lawyers and settlements message bord)
- Baja facility for troubled U.S. teens closed; irregularities cited (UT San Diego)
In 2010 a 17 year old teenager died during a hike while being forced to live at the facility. Because there were so many incidents at that time involving foster kids in Texas nothing was done in relationship with the death.
In 2015 it was reported that the local sheriff was very worried due to the high number of runaways from the facility. It is safe to state that something is wrong there when no less than 16 times the sheriff can to respond to cases involving 23 runaways.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Care of facility staff questioned after foster child’s death (Texas Chronicle)
- More Trouble at Texas Residential Treatment Centers (The Texas Tribune)
- Runaway problem at Five Oaks has sheriff concerned (The Sealy News)
Problems continue at juvenile group home (The Sealy News)
Daystar Residential, Inc. was located in Manvel, Texas. They are most likely best known for the death of 4 teenagers in the years between 1993 and 2010.
The state reported that the facility had to close down in 2011 because their license was revoked.
It is safe to state that it could not have been a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Daystar Tx Closed- Restraint Death Ruled Homicide (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora)
- After Death Ruled Homicide, State Shuts Facility (The Texas Tribune)
- Homicide ruled in 4th death at troubled kids’ facility Boy, 16, asphyxiated in November after being restrained inside a closet (Causes)
Two boys from Azleway Boy’s Ranch ran away. Not wanting to go back to the place they were held, they decided to end their lives on the tracks. We can only wonder how the conditions at the ranch must have been if they saw death as a better option for their future.
Years later the state of Texas decided to close the charter school the owners also ran.
It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Desperate boys likely chose death on train tracks (Houston Chronicle)
- Azleway Boys’ Ranch Issues Statement Regarding Boys’ Death (KLTV news)
- Harry Tyrone Rutledge – 2006 (Today a child died memorial blog)
- Christopher Ladell Hill – 2006 (Today a child died memorial blog)
- Decision to close Azleway Charter School upheld (Texas)
The Village formerly known as Peninsula Village consisted of a residential program with two difference phases. First there was a strict hospital like environment where the teenagers were put in mechanical restraints or simply physical restrained whenever the employees wanted fun. The second phase was a boot camp styled wilderness experience in a nearby enclosed wilderness area.
A book was written about the facility called “Bad Girl” by Abigail Vona.
Having read the book it is safe to say that it was not fun to be there as a teenager. The program has been sold to new owners since the period where the author was committed to the asylum but almost everything was awful to read about.