This very alternative school was located first in California, then in Mexico until the started ended its time in Guatemala.
They used an alternative curriculum and the children attending the school were basically isolated in an environment organized like a cult.
The school closed in the 1990’s and both founders are now dead. It looks like a bad place to be as a student.
- Shimber Beris memorial page
- Scott Wilson’s Book (The Smiley Smile Message Board)
- Shimber Beris (The blog of Petera Shlock)
- The “school for troubled teens” (Reddit Troubled Teens)
The Arcade Circus is a private circus school located in Katoomba. A number of employees were arrested charged on rape, kidnapping, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and production of child porn.
Needless so say that it does not sound like a fun place to be as a child.
- CIRCUS ‘CHILD SEX RING’ Seven circus school members ‘performed sadistic blood and sex rituals on three boys under eight in shocking child abuse ring’ (The Sun)
- Seven charged over sexual and physical abuse at Katoomba circus school: police (The Sydney Morning Herald)
- Group linked to performing arts school in regional NSW carried out ‘blood rituals’ during abuse of boys, police allege (ABC News Australia)
Paramount Academy is run by Camelot Education (Which has origins from the infamous Brown Schools which closed around 2005 due to upcoming lawsuits which would have bankrupted them).
It seems that this alternative school is run like a prison and the school district responsible for the operations at the school closed their eyes instead of providing an oversight which could have ensured the safety of the students.
In one incident a police investigation resulted in conviction of two school employees for violence against a student and a try to cover up the incident. The school administration which urged the employees to cover up the violence was not convicted.
It cannot be a fun place to be as a teenager.
- These For-Profit Schools Are ‘Like a Prison’ (Propublica and Slate)
- For-Profit School Chain Camelot Suffers Setback Following Abuse Allegations (Propublica and Slate)
Camelot Education provides special education services in Pennsylvania.
In order to do that they have created a structured environment. However teenagers find that the structured enviroment resembles prisons. Two employees where charged with violence and alleged cover-up of troublesome incidents. One employee went to prison.
It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
A 13-year-old student had to have amputated a part of his leg after a so-called trained specialist slammed his body on the ground after a dispute. The facility contains the AIM program, the Muscogee County School District’s alternative school for students who violate the district’s conduct code and are temporarily assigned away from their home school.
Now the facility tries to defend themselves by claiming that the specialist was not their employee but someone from a company used in an outsourcing agreement. However, that defense is not good at all. You cannot not hire people from other firms and deny any responsibility.
Fact is that the boy is missing a part of his leg. That is enough to make it safe to state that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Student’s leg amputated after contractor body-slammed him, lawyer says; police investigating (The Washington Post)
- Specialist who allegedly broke student’s leg wasn’t a school employee (The Ledger Enquirer)
Te Rakau Hua O Te Wao Tapu Trust is a Maori Community Theatre and Theatre in Education company. It is located in Aotearoa (New Zealand)
The teenagers aged between 12 and 16 present various performances using voluteers and troubled youth as staff and partipants.
In June 2011 there was allogations of the use of violence against some of the youth referred to the program. As result the local department of social services (CYF) removed some of the youth they had referred to the program.
It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
Forced sexual relationships is no fun. Adding the fact that the school was unlicensed, unaccredited and virtually unregulated because it is a private, non-profit school doesn’t make it better.
The brainchild of “El General” aka Evaristo “Ever” Marina closed in 1989. However not before it had made a negative impact on the lives of several students.
It was not a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Small Town, Big Hell (Miami New Times News)
- Military School Unregulated. Legally Avoided U.S. Government . (Ocala Star-Banner – May 12, 1985)
A former student wrote about this place:
Ugh it was a shit hole. It was this “Summer boarding school” but it was really just boot camp with school mixed in. It was extremely structured and there were no computers or cellphones or anything like that.
I find it odd that such a place exist when we today are talking year 2014. No computers and no cell-phones outside classes. If my wallet gets stolen I cannot even go down to the policestation and report it. My grandmother tried and she was sent back home to report her crime to the police by computer. Everything is on a computer these days.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- And the pain will make you crazy, you’re the victim of your crime. (Blog entry)
- Factsheet about the program (Fornits Wiki)
Corporal punishment as result of losing games was the training method used in this club. As result of this in Denmark illegal approach 11 teenage players ran away when they participated in a Handball tournament. When the authorities located some of the missing boys they had clear signs of damages as result of the training methods. They were taken to a refugee facility where they can decide if they want political asylum in Denmark.
Unfortunately the coaches managed to leave Denmark before the reason for the boys escape became clear. Hopefully the team or any other team from India which uses the same kind of practice methods is not invited to Denmark the next time they want to arrange an international handball tournament.
It is clear to state that it could not be fun as a teenager to be part of this team.
- Eleven boys from India disappear in Denmark (The Local)
- Six of the eleven missing boys from India found in Vanløse (The Copenhagen Post)
The district and the police saw it as an option for those students who didn’t attend school on regular basis. They forgot to ask themselves if the truancy might be based on an illness or just because the normal school wasn’t inspiring enough. Clearly it is obvious that some student should have been offered counseling or long-distance school over the internet taken from their homes if they couldn’t be around other people or just handling noise and other disturbances badly.
In Denmark many students have been offered hearing protection to wear in classes because even a quiet class can become too much for students suffering from various emotional problems.
There is no one-option for every at-risk student. People need individualized treatment. For those two teenagers this realization became too late. Maybe they rest in peace.
Being offered a solution which only adds to the pile of problems is no picnic. It is safe to say that for some students Stanislaus Military Academy weren’t a fun place to be during school hours.
- Another Student Suicide Strikes Stanislaus Military Academy (Turlock City News)
- Editorial: Something Was Wrong at Stanislaus Military Academy (Turlock City News)
- Stanislaus Military Academy – county run military school (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora )