791. Lakeside Academy
Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, Michigan is presently being investigated after employees tried to restrain a boy who died as result of this process. In general there are focus on how to restrain persons after some police officers killed a possible criminal while it was recorded and later shown on Youtube.
So now there is a general demand for changes in the police force. But what about children in residential care? Many children have died and very little attention has been used on changing the methods or making rules about when possible restraints should be used.
At Lakeside Academy they could use some outside supervision into their treatment approach. A parent writes in a google review:
FIRST My son went over 3 months without his psychiatric medications due to their negligence. I called continuously trying to find out why when he was transferred there his meds were abruptly discontinued and requesting he see the psychiatrist asap. It was a month before I found out he wasn’t getting them (found out from my son) and then another 2 and 1/2 months before they finally had him see the psychiatrist and started him on 2 of the 3 meds yet never requested his psychiatric records to know what his diagnosis and med history was. His behavior went from good to horrible and he took a huge decline with not having the meds that help stabilize his chemical imbalances.
SECOND My son injured his ankle and it took them FIVE days to have it seen and x-rayed even though he was in a lot of pain. He ended up with 3 fractures and required surgery and screws in his ankle.
There are a few nice staff but if you have kids with medical needs be prepared for medical neglect.
It has been reported that the authorities ordered the removal of students to leave room for a proper investigation. It has also been revealed that some students ran off into the neighborhood.
Supervision of this facility is very needed and until that happens it is safe to say that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.