638. Pine Ridge Training School
Located on an area where they used to house prisoners of war during the second world war, a training school housed teenagers until some time in 1980’s.
Many years after the closure it seems that the training schools housed adults who molested and abused the teenagers. Various forms of sexual exploitation took place against the teenagers. It marked them for decades afterward.
The worst part is that Pine Ridge Training School was only one of these schools. More horror testimonies are expected in the future.
It could not have been a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Survivors of Ontario ‘training schools’ say their suffering is being erased by redevelopment project (The National Post)
- Class action suit launched against Ontario over alleged abuse in ‘training schools’ (The Toronto Star)
- Still no justice (Dark Corner of Canadian History)
637. Totsuka Yacht School
Totsuka Yacht School is a reform school founded in 1976. The student population seems now to include students with emotional problems which should have been treated by professional people in the health care system instead of low-paid teachers.
As result several teenagers have died. Rather strange the principal, Hiroshi Totsuka, was allowed back to work after serving a prison sentence because his actions or lack of them led to the deaths among students at the school.
It cannot be a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Another question mark over Totsuka school’s education methods (Japan Today)
- Suicide leap at disciplinary school (Japan Times)
- Anger as brutal teacher is freed (The Independent)
636. House of Prayer for All People
The House of Prayer for All People existed from 1985 to 1995. It was a cult-like group home. The police have charged the Anna Elizabeth Young, who was in charge og the group home for murder.
A boy died. The investigations show that food was withheld leading to the death of Emon Harper, who was around 2 or 3 years old at the time.
Other vitnesses have told about children being bathed in chemicals.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Gainesville religious home owner, now 75, charged in child’s death (News-journal Online)
- Leader of ‘Cult-Like’ Boarding School Is Arrested In Late 1980s Cold Case Death Of Toddler (Inside Edition)
635. Pleasantville Cottage School
It is one of the oldest treatment homes of its kind in the area. However the residents are concerned about riots. Decades ago one boy killed another. It does not seem that the supervision has improved since leaving a possibility that other families might suffer the same tragedy.
It cannot be fun to be there as a child – neighter being neighbor to the facility.
- Boy, 13, Held in Killing of Boy, 12, at School for the Troubled (The New York Times)
- Rough Sex Led to Boy’s Death, Officer Says (The New York Times)
- Plea bargain for teen who killed boy (UPI)
- Two Teens Arrested Following Large Riot At Pleasantville Cottage School (Pleasantville Daily Voice)
634. Edgemeade of Virginia
Edgemeade of Virginia was a treatment center which closed in 1979. It was related to Edgeemade of Maryland, located near Fairland, which were mentioned in a serial rape case as late as in 2012. A former student wrote:
My name is Dave h.. I was in edgemeade of va during those years.. I remember Henry and Vj, house parent Joan, Ralph Waldron, richie Williams, Cindy mouncey, Fred green, Tyrone sheard, Minnie the cook, Larry Potts, “Luv him”.. Irving, Yvette Daniels, Robin, jr Mitchell, Doug vess, Johnny Reyes, Kathy Campbell, David Dahl, (poor soul), Esther from admin building, dr.dinnwiddie, nyna the cleaning lady, And of course that dam I.C.U. Under the admin. Ran away from there in 78 or 79, with Ed craigar, tony Cassidy, and myself,, after we came Out of a drug induced sedation when they forgot to shoot us up,, Escaped, and the adventure began.. Everything from gunfights to bikers to cops, Stolen horses and motorboats and ended up in TONS of trouble,, Made the wanted list. But it was all because it was either that or keep letting them turn us Into zombies.. Among other things that happened. “Yule Hunt” who is now I think “Sheriff Hunt” was one of two cops that believed our story about what we endured And why we did what we did.. Hunt and his partner “detective Jim Crook” have investigated the place A couple times before. From what I understand.. Our adventure was the beginning of the end of edgemeade.. But what I’ve said here is just the tiny tip of a Huuuuuge iceberg.. But Larry Potts the singing preacher was the one that I would Luv to find, if he’s still alive. I’m a professional musician of caliber because of his kindness and patience.. And musical guidance. Went back there a few years ago in my travels.. It’s pretty much torn apart and the dorms We’re rotting away in what’s now a field. The main house remains and is lived in by a family.. I talked to their neighbor, Had to tell him that the bullet holes in the house were not from the civil war as they believed.. But rather from that incident from our escape.. I heard Dean Brailey was accidentally shot,, But I don’t know.. Tony, Ed, and me were sent to some real hardcore bad places to be held till They figured out what to do with us. We all were separated and never saw each other again. I heard Ed went to s. Hampton, And tony was sent to a place I can’t remember.. And there’s waaaay too much to say at one sitting, Because life turned into an inescapable nightmare for yeeaarrs after that. Found myself buried in an extremely violent world where survival with sanity still intact Was a looong battle. If you’d like to talk some.. Get back to me thru this And maybe we can chat. Would Luv to hear from someone who knows edgemeade.. Was beginning to think I imagined it all.. Seems like all info on it was wiped off the planet.. I’m in Florida keys at moment and make my living in music and teaching wilderness survival. Hope to hear from u.. ;-]Dave
There was not a lot of protect mechanism to secure the safety of the teenage patients. A girls was raped.
The center closed in 1979. The unsafe environment makes it safe to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Child facility blasted by Grand by Grand jurt (The Free Lance-Star)
- Janitor is held in nurse’s death (The Free Lance-Star)
- Anyone remember “Edgemeade of Virginia” in the mid 70’s? (Hampton: house, dorms) City-data
633. Carlbrook School
Carlbrook School was modeled after the CEDU boarding school chain which closed in 2005 after being treathened with a number of lawsuits. 3 boys are still missing from the CEDU school. They ran away and were never found.
The same goes for Carlbrook School. Forest Ferguson went missing in 2010 and has never been found. While lack of background check allowed a man later prosecuted for child murders to work on the campus, it is not known what caused Forest Ferguson to remain missing leaving his family in uncertaincy about his fate.
The so-called therapeutic model used at Carlbrook was invented in its early form at Synanon, which was a defunct religious community which closed down after a FBI investigation. The damaging components were basically the same. Marathon seminar sessions which in its controlled nature led to psycodrama rather than treatment.
Many teenagers now live with therapy on weekly basis trying to overcome what they were exposed to at Carlbrook School. The school closed in 2015 after teenagers became adults and began to speak out against it.
- Forest Ferguson (The Charley Project)
- The world is still dealing with leftovers from the abusive Synanon/CEDU cult (Secret Prisons for Teens blog)
- GODFATHER at Carlbrook School (Tales from the black school testimonial blog)
632. Youth living in Iceland
For many years youth in Iceland lived a normal Nordic life until Iceland decided to crack down on the concept of teenage life. Iceland sneaked out of the Danish–Icelandic Act of Union in 1944 and it seems that they lately adapted a more fundamentalist culture.
Teenagers aged under 16 are not allowed to be out after 22:00, even during summer hollidays where youth here from Denmark stay out and socialize over beers, fire and food instead of sitting isolated alone at home in front of the computer where they can come in touch with evil preachers which can persuade to become radikalized and in some cases even leave their homes to fight abroad or bomb local schools.
The law that prevent teenagers on Iceland to live a normal life is Child Protection Act (no. 80/2002 Art. 92). It is legislation that resembles laws in countries located far away from the Nordic countries.
Being prevented to live a life like teenagers in the other Nordic countries make it safe to state that it cannot be fun to grow up in Iceland.