895. Riverside Academy

Riverside Academy in Wichita, Kansas is now closed. People who passed the building like in the 2010’s could read graffiti with the wording:

  • “Burn this place.”
  • “Youth were abused here … systematically.”
  • “This is a bad place.”

Taking into account that the facility was run by Sequel Youth & Family Services which is a for-profit company which have been the center of a attention by authorities in several states, the statements could very well be true. We can see reports of children running away from the facility before it closed.

It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.


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About Rotsne

Danish immigrant, but very integrated. After having worked for another research center, I have recently started working for International Culture Exchange where I serve the youth and their families wanting to become an exchange student.

One response to “895. Riverside Academy”

  1. Alice says :

    I was at riverside it really was a nightmare. I didn’t think I was ever gonna get out. I was there a year and half until I ran away at age 18. At that time they were setting the ground work to renew my contract by writing false write ups antagonizing me I was NOT staying any longer I was in the psychiatric unit it was 24/7 lock down it was dirty no television no music no outside fresh air threatened over medicated restrained unnecessarily twice I was restrained for defending myself they held me down and twisted my neck so far I went unconscious for a few mins until they got off my neck. I listened to a friend of mine sound like she was being attacked behind a locked door with 3 male staff while a much larger male staff held me at bay but I tried my hardest to get em to let me help her when I was finally able to get to her she was mangled hair everywhere shirt torn and tattered disoriented. I will never forget this place. It’s a shame none of us said anything earlier but the things is that a lot of us thought this was normal everyday a lot of us new by speaking out we wouldn’t be believed because of the stigma behind kids like us. And in return children died, and so many more are left unshakenabley traumatized

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