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615. Metropolitan Boys’ Shelter

Metropolitan Boys’ Shelter was a youth holding prison for underaged boys who were awaiting trial. It was in operation from 1911 to 1983. It was also known as “Metropolitan Boys’ Remand Home” and “Albion Street Shelter”.

In 2017 the police started an investigation into possible abuse. It was known as a harsh place. Now it has been established that the treatment guided several boys into a life of crime. Some even ended up as murderers.

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



614. El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch

El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch has it license suspended after state investigators found that the children were underfed and abuse. The facility had been in operation for more than 50 years. It seems that the decision to close the place was done 50 years too late.

It cannot be fun to have been there as a teenager.


613. Teglgårdslund

Teglgårdslund is located in Hilleroed. They offer apartments for at-risk youth aged between 15 and 26 years with so-called easy problems.

In the past there was a case where a 15 year old girl tried to burn her apartment down. There were also involved in connecting the previous entry “Vildmarksprojektet” with the authorities despite missing licensing and a totally illegal concept. They neglected to interview the children when they returned from Norway and Sweden. Letters from foster families in Sweden containing information about violence comitted against the teenagers were ignored.

Despite having changed management we as a human rights group doubt that there have been changes enough so we will claim that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.

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612. Vildmarken kalder aka vildmarksprojektet

“Vildmarken kalder” also known as Vildmarksprojektet was an illegal residential treatment option used by Danish authorities from around 2005 and some years after. The youth were sent to Norway and placed at remote locations in Sweden and Norway. Regardless that it was against the law to place minors abroad according to Danish legislation several departments of social services made use of this so-called treatment program. The manager had no relevant education. In fact he was trained auto mechanic.

The youth were met with physical violence. No case worker report him for his illegal use of force as they were required to according to Danish law. Neither employees from the treatment program nor case workers have been disciplined for their work and use of this illegal treatment program.

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


611. Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah

A terrible tragedy struck the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah so-called boarding school in Kuala Lumpur when fire broke out. It is not known why there only was one exit but at other so-called school of similar kind students are forced to attend. In some case some of the students were even forced to wear shackles in order to prevent them from running.

The school was not regulated by the officials and that is a huge security risk. Because it allows the management to design the schools as prisons which are deadly when we talk fires.

The teenagers who died were trapped with no chance of escaping. The windows had bars and of course once the fire blocked the single exit possibility, they could only wait and die.

A terrible loss for their families and the local community in general all because some parents prefer their child to memorize some religious words instead of getting a real education which could have enabled them for a future.

The government should step in and close schools down until they are reconstructed to be more safe in order to prevent future tragedies like this one.

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


610. Smyllum Park Orphanage

Investigation has shown that the bodies of over 100 children have been buried in a local cemetary. Of course it needs to be taken into consideration that the facility opened back in 1864 and the medical standards were not as high as today.

Still some of the deaths cause concern. Former residents speak of abuse. Were some of the death certificates made without proper investigation into what caused the deaths? It seems so.

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


609. St. John’s Northwest Military Academy

St. John’s Northwest Military Academy is located in Delafield in Wisconsin. There have been lawsuits claiming abuse and lack of control of the students behavior against each other. Basically what most would call poor management.

It cannot be fun to live under such conditions as a teenager.


608. Camp Running Deer

Summer camp sounds as fun for some, but Camp Running Deer in Kentucky the fun turned ugly when the camp manager managed to be alone with some of the boys. For his actions he got 45 years in prison.

However he could have been stopped long before as he was investigated in connection with the 1979 Wyler Military School scandal. Only the death of another employee at the military school saved him from a well-deserved stay in prison. Because of the decision to drop charges against him back then, more boys became victims of his actions.

It could not have been fun to be there as a summer camp guest if you ended up alone with the camp manager.


607. Wyler Military School

Wyler Military School was located in Evansville in Wisconsin closed in 1979 after a scandal where two employees were under investigation of abuse. The former headmaster Chester DesRochers died before the trial and because he was the center of the investigation the rest of the investigation against another employee was dropped. This was unfortunate as more victims would follow as result of this decision.

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


606. The Lord’s Ranch

The Lord’s Ranch also known during company names like Trinity Behavioral Health Care and Maxus seems to have been exposed as a fraud. The owner Ted Suhl are under investigation of having bribed a public official.

Former employees complain about missing salaries and some even wrote that they were hired to alter medical records so the teenagers forced to live at the ranch were registered to be suffering from more illness that they arrived with allowing the ranch to keep them on an extended period milking both parents and money paid by the tax-payers.

Being forced to be treated for an illness you do not have is not for those teenagers who became victim of the scheme.