The shortlived school located was near Provo in Utah. Near the end of it was owned by Second Nature Wilderness – today known as Evoke Therapy Programs. Former students stated:
Being a previous student at Willow creek myself, the news of the school closing is heart breaking. As previously mentioned by Liz, the school was once a place i enjoyed and felt comfortable living. Although i do not regret my time spent at Willow Creek, I am only refering to the friends and select staff I have befriended.
The school was once a place that would not only allow the students a general sort of freedom/privilege, while teaching us tools to help progress us in life, but we were treated as humans, as well.
Originally, it was regarded as a privilege to attend, even be considered to attend, Willow Creek. As time went on, and the school went downhill, I noticed as students were not as enthusiastic to be enrolled in such a great oppurtunity. Given that no teen would ever want to be sent to a boarding school and disconnected from friends/family(voluntarily), but there was something else that was causing this increasing downfall.
I might have my own addictive characteristics, but paranoid thoughts is not one on my roster. I had noticed the lack of consideration and respect from certain administration, as well even an subtle enforcement of a religous prison mentallity. It was completely and totally degrating and infuriating, and to make things worse my opinion has been shut down because all people see is another “troubled teen” whining about a little discipline.
I also tend to ramble sometimes(lol), so i am going to sign out here with the comment, “We have instincts and intuition for a reason, don’t be afraid to use it!”
P.S. There were plenty of staff that I hold dear for their service and care for me, and others, as a random “troubled-teen”.
I was a student at Willowcreek School for eighteen months and watched it go from a place where i could see myself receiving the help, care, support and tools that i, as an addict and “troubled teen” and a place where i enjoyed being to a place that was absolutly misreable and emotionally draining to live in. Priorities went straight down hill from the care and mentality of the students there to how much money there could be for administration to make. The girls dorm was once so over crowded that theraputic goals for any individual whatsoever had no potential of ever being met and only after I, along with two other girls, sat down with staff members, literally in tears from the overwhelming environment that was taking palce due to overcrowding on our residential wing. The failure of this school was the most predicatble thing that could have ever happened. i question how I, as a sixteen year old at the time, could have seen this happeneing and viewed every wrong move administration made, while those set up to run the building (who on paper had much better qualifications to do so) totally overlooked the downhill slide. It is a shame that The Willowcreek School ended up failing as misreably as it did. I met some amazing people there who truly changed my life. Sadly, nothing about the theraputic process that this school ended up enforcing changed my life, whatsoever. Rather the one on one conversations i had privatly with staff and students. The failure of this school is an embarrassment to the fact taht i ever once went there with pride.
The school was driven out of business by Greg Hudnall, who is also a bureaucrat from Provo City School district (The same guy who illegally had a teacher fired, for writing a book that Greg felt was “Anti-Mormon”).
After Second Nature’s Hostile takeover of the school, they put Greg in charge as the school director. It took him around 10 months to bankrupt the school.
He wasted roughly $300,000.00 in building “improvements”, to a building that the school did not even own. They painted the whole place about 4-5 times before they finally settled on the ugly brown color it was when they finally closed… He burned through untold amounts of cash elsewhere as well.
Not to mention the level of bureaucratic waste and inefficiency that he brought to the school, that I had theretofore thought unattainable for a non-government entity.
The owners sat with us in a meeting, and lied to our faces, promising to make good on all of their debts to employees, including any paid time off that they were owed, when the school closed. They also promised an extra week’s pay to the employees who would stay on until the doors closed–they even had the audacity to state that they were doing us a favor by not filing for bankruptcy (I guess their credit ratings were merely an afterthought), and by giving us a whopping 1-week notice to seek gainful employment, elsewhere.
Instead, on the last day of work, all employees were given a letter stating that if they came back to the school for any reason, they would be arrested for trespassing. No bonus payments were given, PTO was not paid out on. All phones were disconnected, and the website was promptly taken down.
The owners of Second Nature, and WCS are nothing more than a bunch of fly-by-night crooks.
While it was in business, the program was a joke. Boundaries were not held with certain students, due to fear that the students would complain to their parents, and that their parents would remove them from the program.
Special treatment was given by administration and therapists, for the “money kids”.
While most of the employees there had an interest in helping these kids, by the time the school closed, most of the employees had ‘checked out’, and were just showing up for work, since the program itself was unworkable.
I have not worked at Second Nature, but based on the behavior of the owners and administration who came to WCS from Second Nature, I would strongly advise parents to take placement at Second Nature into very deep consideration before making such a decision. I can’t imagine that Second Nature can be in much better shape, being that it has the same owners, administration, and priorities that they brought to WCS.
As I said before, most of the staff are interested in helping these kids, but the decision-makers only see you and your kids as a cash cow.
Parent week at WCS was always VERY different from business as usual…
It does not sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
At this boarding school in Awendo, Migori in Kenya, they allow caning. In 2017 some girls had invited some boys over for fun. As punishment they were caned and expelled.
It cannot be fun to be left out of these activities and certainly not fun to be caned just because you were enjoying normal teenage activities.
Fairbridge Farm located near Pinjarra in Australia was a dumping place for helpless children exported from United Kingdom so the workload of case workers could be lighter.
At the farm they suffered unkind treatment from the staff. Some were lied to and told that their parents had died.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
Founded in 1552 the boarding school was the first so-called Bluecoat School, which is a boarding school where children from families who do not have the income which is normally necessary in order to send a child to a boarding school with high standards. However as it has been the case with a large number of boarding schools also Christ’s Hospital boarding school have been forced to look into possible sexual abuse forced upon the students.
One thing is to wear clothes which is totally outdated daily to honor some kind of bizarre customs but another is to be quiet about being the victim of sexual abuse because you know that this could be the only chance at a shot on a proper education.
It cannot be fun to be student under those circumstances.
- Four former teachers at Sussex school charged with sexual offences (The Guardian)
- Bluecoat School (Wikipedia)
- Three held over Christ’s Hospital boarding school abuse claims (Sky News)
The Milton Hershey School in Georgia allows underprivileged children attending a top of the line boarding school. It is a good idea. However if the children become ill suffering from mental issues they are not granted leave of absence while they undergo treatment. They are expelled.
Also it seems that some former students have been exposed to anti-gay video so they could be pressured to choose a partner of the opposite gender. It does not matter if the decisions were made by house parents. The school is responsible for hiring and directing how the student houses are run.
It does not sound to be a fun place to be if you choose a life-partner of your own gender or become victim of mental illness.
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.)