The Devereux School is located in Rutland, Massachusetts. An officer was fired for hitting a student. Former residents speak of restraints as punishment. Former employees complain of lack of payment and overtime.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Micael David Selame Testimony (Survivors of Institutional abuse)
- Reviews (Yelp)
- Rutland fires police officer charged with assault at Devereux School (Telegram)
In 2004 the police raided Ministerial Christian Academy in California. They confiscated handcuffs, shackles, computers, financial records and other documents. Several of the student cried with relief when they were told that they could go home. The school was operating in the Montclair and Pomona area.
It didn’t sound like a fun place to be.
Morava Academy was a shortlived boarding school project located in the Czech Republic. It was using the methods set up by the WWASP organization. The authorities in the Czech Republic soon discovered that something was wrong with the place and decided to conduct a raid. What they found was basically a private prison with isolation rooms.
The employees were arrested and the managers escaped the justice some months later when they fled from the country. Many of the teenagers did however not enjoy freedom when they returned home because the authorities in the United States failed to take the teenagers into protection by the social services when they returned home. Most of the teenagers were placed at the boarding school by parents who weighed personal time and cruises over parental responsability.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
West Ridge Academy was formerly known as Utah Boys Ranch but now it serves both genders.
Searching on the names the facility has been operated under you find lawsuits and other cases involving various aspect of abuse which leaves no question about whether it is not a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Allegations of abuse at prospective charter school splits Utah’s top school boards (Salt Lake Tribune)
- $11M suit filed against Utah treatment center for sexual abuse (KSL news)
- Mormon boot camp-West Ridge Academy–how bad is it? (Recovery from Mormonism (RfM) discussion forum.)
May 2017 the boarding school detained a number of students for hours without access to cell phones and banned them from talking to each other due to suspicion of having gained access to tobacco and alcohol which unlike the laws in the general society are banned from using at the school.
The students were not allowed to call in legal representation which put them in a worse situation if they had been arrested by the Danish police. In Denmark even minors have right to legal representation regardless of the type of crime they are arrested for.
46 students were suspended and in the end 16 students were expelled. According to sources several students who had access to the illegal items were not hit at all by the investigation conducted by the school. It might have something to do with the fact that the school focuses on sport and they use former students who did good after their time at the school in marketing. The suspicion is that the investigation only targeted students who were less successful doing their type of sport.
Anyhow without access to legal representation in such cases being confined in isolation it is safe to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
Sources (In danish only)
- Børns Vilkår: Efterskole krænkede børns rettigheder (Danmarks Radio)
- Efterskole bortviser 16 efter fund af snus og alkohol (Ekstra Bladet)
Climax Public School – a boarding school located in the Jehanabad district in India is mentioned on several websites as a place where the school management are ready to put their students in chains in order to keep them in school. The authorities are investigating the matter. It is also stated that the school made use of corporal punishment.
It cannot be fun to be there as a child.
This Somaliland based boarding school was used when parents of girls with ethnic origins from the area now living in Denmark, Norway or United Kingdom believed that their girls had adapted too well to the western life style.
So they lured their girls on holiday and enrolled them in this boarding school with the help of bribed policemen.
Here the girls were shackled if they were believed to be planning escape and subjected to a non-western life style and teaching.
One of the girls escaped the boarding school and her information led to a raid where other girls from a number of western countries were liberated.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Norwegian arrested in Somaliland (Norway Today)
- Norwegian Detained In Action Against School In Somaliland (WARGEYSKA SAXAFI)
- Danish-Somali Girls Freed From The Koran School In Somaliland (WARGEYSKA SAXAFI)
Some decades back Treloar College was the cutting edge when you had to place a child suffering from haemophilia. However the treatment included use of blood from people which were not properly screened and now only a few former students are alive. Most died from use of blood of poor quality.
It could have been fun to be there safe from bullies in the outside world which didn’t understand how difficult it is to live with this illness but in the end it was not fun because a stay turned out to be a death sentence.
Chetham’s School of Music is a day and boarding school located in Manchester. It is a school for special gifted students with interest in music. Many of the students are in need of the approval of the teachers and some teachers took benefit of their power and abused students.
After a former student came forward and testified a teacher and his wife were convicted. However the defense attacked the victim in such a degree during the trial that the victim committed suicide.
An article names the school a kind of cult and we have to ask ourselves if it is a fun place to be as a teenager.
The school is mentioned in local newspapers because the school cannot comply with local regulations and prevented the students from talking to officials sent by the authorities due to the gender of the officials.
Also local newspapers revealed that the building itself does not live up to standard which would provide proper safety for the students and proper living conditions taken into account that it is a boarding school.
It seems that the local laws allows the school to escape proper supervision. It should be changed so the students experience an education with complys with the standard set for the country.
It cannot be fun to be there as a student.