Based on the original CEDU school this school was founded in Italy. It didn’t last long because Italy at that time had stricter requirements into what a school should include regarding curriculum. For the teenagers who were sent there it was basically a waste of time they could have used on better things.
Robbing time from teenagers when they could go through the rite of passage towards adulthood drinking, socializing and partying makes it safe to state that it wasn’t fun for the teenagers to stay there.
HAS ANYONE HERE EVER HEARD OF THE AMITY SCHOOL IN ITALY? (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora)
In the years from 1997 to 2009 this academy was considered one of the worst places to end up as a teenager. None gained anything from being locked into that place other than life long nightmares.
In 2001 girl jumped to her death. She had arrived just days before. The employees hit a suicide note written in code from the authorities and the parts of her uniform which she didn’t wear at the time of her suicide to new students the next day.
In 2007 a group of citizens rescued a boy from New York using political pressure. In 2009 the academy was shut down efter the authorities in Jamaica finally took interest in the activities at the academy.
To describe all the complaints teenagers could have against such a place would take several blogs so we will conclude that it is safe to state that it was not fun to be there as a teenager.
- WANT YOUR KID TO DISAPPEAR? (Legal Affairs)
- Jewish family sues Jamaican reform school for troubled teens (New York Daily News)
- Factsheet about the facility (Fornits Wiki)
This boot camp lasting one week was sponsored by Huntington Park and South Gate police departments. In 2015 arrests were made after allegations of abuse.
It is safe to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- 7 KIDS ALLEGEDLY ABUSED AT POLICE-RUN BOOT CAMP IN SAN LUIS OBISPO (ABC 7)
- 4 POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED FOR ABUSING CHILDREN AT POLICE-RUN BOOT CAMP (ABC 7)
The High Frontier located outside Fort Davis in Texas. In 2002 some boys ran from the facility and ended up in a hospital due to intake of drugs found during their run.
A former resident wrote:
I was sent here as a child and had a terrible experience. Most of the staff has no business being around children… I still can’t trust people after the experience. I think that if my parents had found a better place for me I would have actually learned some coping skills and maybe worked through my problems instead of learning to fear people and their abuse. 😦 There are other great programs out there, but this is not one of them.
It seems that it is not a fun place to be as a teenager.
On Track Wilderness Program was involved in the Brown Schools organization. Today it is mostly known due to the tragic death of Charles Chase Moody caused by an illegal restraint hold.
Backed up by other testimonies it is safe to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Teen Died in Illegal Restraint Hold (corrections.com)
- A Nashville girl in the wilderness near Mason, Texas (Just another hike)
- Death in Texas at “On Track” Wilderness (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora)
Star Ranch was a boys ranch located near Ingram in Texas.
Two boys died there before it was forced to close. The owner later opened a summer camp in another location.
The deaths and testimonies from boys who were sent there makes it safe to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Lenny Ortega – 2006 (Today a child died memorial blog)
- Christening “Mikie” Garcia – 2005 (Today a child died memorial blog)
- Youth swept down creek dies (Daily Times)
Resolution Ranch is a boys ranch located outside Cameron in Texas. In 2011 the ranch attrached notice in the media because two boys who ran from the ranch were hit by a train. Fortunately they survived.
However putting the boys in a so desperate state that they choose to run risking life treathing injuries make it safe to state that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.