The Woodland Hills Youth Development Center is a detention center in Tennessee. A number of articles paint a not so bright picture of the facility. Riots, improper relationships between employees and the young detainees, sexual abuse and some of the children running away.
It course it is a prison. It is supposed to be a place where the youth can be held while the society tries to make them good citizens again. But with all those things happening there, they might turn out worse compared to when they went in.
It is not supposed be a fun place to be as a teenager but it is far worse as it should be.
Spring Ridge Academy located in Mayer, Spring Valley, Arizona. The facility is targeted by a lawsuit.
A former student wrote on Google:
I was forced to attend this ‘school’ over 20 years ago now. I still feel traumatized. Parents: Do NOT send your child here just because things are difficult. Research ‘troubled teen industry’ scams and the effects of parental abandonment during your teen’s formative years before you do this. I’m grown now, and I still can’t forgive my parents for doing this to me; we haven’t spoken in almost 10 years. This was one of the most awful experiences I endured growing up. Please find another way.
Her experience seems to be very much in line with testimonies from other former students.
The founder Jeannie Courtney used to work at a WWASP facility – Cross Crook in Utah which is also mentioned in this blog.
- Lawsuit Complaint Against Spring Ridge Academy for Negligence, Fraud, and RICO Violation (SCRIBD)
- SH at Spring Creek Academy (Tales from the Black School victim testimonial blog)
- Spring Ridge Academy feedbacks from Niche (Fighting Institutional Child Abuse Network (FICANetwork.net)
In 2021 people gathered to protest against Solstice East – a residential treatment center located in Weaverville, North Carolina. Since 2020 there have been a lot of focus on the long-term consequences of having been placed in a restricted hospital setting while underaged. An article speak of extensive use of isolation rooms.
A report from 2020 made by the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation was very critical of the facility. The facility was given a number of issues, they should work on.
If a facility does not comply with state standards it means that it does not sound like fun to be there as a teenager.
- Survivors Protest to Shut Down Solstice East Troubled Teen Facility Following Release of Disturbing Child Abuse Investigation Report (Reddit TroubledTeen awareness group)
- How a stay at Solstice East RTC felt – by “couchland_prevails” (When Far from Home – victim testimonial blog)
- The Truth About Solstice East / West (Reddit TroubledTeen awareness group)
- You’d hear girls screaming, crying.’ Former clients, state allege abuses at Solstice East (Citizen Times)
Children at the Eliada Children’s Home has been removed by the state authorities. Their license were suspended meaning that the children must be removed to protect their safety.
An article mentions that three children were reported injured in “serious occurrences” in the facility over just one weekend.
Furthermore in a three-month span from November 2018 through January 2019, documents say, there were 81 cases of Eliada employees using “restrictive interventions” with clients. That is a clear sign that the employees were not trained to talk to the children in a way where such actions could be prevented.
It could not be fun to have been placed at the facility as a teenager.