Wood Creek Academy located in Thompson Falls, Montana is mentioned in an article about use of isolation in private treatment program. While the state does not use isolation much due to the emotional damage isolation can caused, there seems to be no rules regarding use of isolation in private so-called treatment programs.
In the article it is stated:
The most recent inspection, which was conducted in response to a complaint, found that “alternate meals” — oatmeal, powdered milk and an apple — are served to the boys as a form of discipline. When kids want to run away, staff said articles of their clothing are taken away as a deterrent.
“For example, a participant’s pants were taken away when he tried to run away,” a staff member at Wood Creek told inspectors. “Staff also stated if a participant is placed in separation for bad behavior, he has to shower outside using a hose and tarp for privacy.”
31 runaways from Wood Creek has been reported during the last 10 years.
It cannot be a fun place to be as a teenager.
Former students describe isolation, physical punishments, ‘cuddle puddles’ (The Missoulian)
An article in newspaper tells the story about two persons who have been working in the private teenage detention business where the facilities are called treatment centers, who became involved in lawsuits and criminal investigation. While the police stopped the investigation due to the age of the victims, the incident shows a need for better supervision of private detention facilities. Chaffin Pullan and Michele “Mickey” Manning have been working in many programs. Some of them belonging to the infamous WWASP organization and in one case at a facility where a girl died as result of suicide.
Now they started Reflections Academy Inc. and it is at this facility the police investigated claims of sexual abuse and grooming.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager and age out so you become a legal target for grooming and abuse.
The family was not notified when a six-year-old Vladislav Zhuravlev died at the orphanage. The case remains under investigation if ever settled.
It cannot be fun to be at the orphanage as a child
July 2019 newspaper articles showed that the authorities had removed 27 children from the facility after an investigation. The reason for the action of the authorities were quoted to be “consistent and chronic allegations” of medical neglect and physical and psychological abuse. Some of the points mentioned in articles were:
- Children were hit, kicked, body slammed and spit on by staff members.
- Staff members inflicted “persistent psychological abuse” on children, including prolonged isolation.
- Children were forced to go on 15- to 20-mile “disciplinary walks” on remote Forest Service roads in harsh conditions.
- Food was withheld from children.
- A nail gun was shot at a child.
If the investigation stands, it is safe to state that it cannot be fun to have been there as a teenager.
The ranch is mentioned in a article about the use of isolation. Read: Former students describe isolation, physical punishments, ‘cuddle puddles’ (The Missoulian)
Sequel Youth and Family Services has a problem. One after another the facilities they run come under investigation. This time it is Clarinda Academy. Various articles show how the residents are treated and it is not a pleasant information to read.
It is safe to say that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Firm accused of abusing troubled teens in Iowa, elsewhere under fire again (Des Moines Register)
- Clarinda students were restrained and injured as punishment, records show (Des Moines Register)
- U.S. NEWS: ‘They told me it was going to be a good place’: Allegations of abuse at home for at-risk kids (NBC News)
2019 brought the news that Mount Pleasant Academy will close.
Before Sequel acquired its four Utah treatment centers in 2016, state investigators threatened to revoke Mount Pleasant Academy’s license after they found reports of child abuse and neglect.
Sequel tried to run the facility but low enrollment meant that it was not a good business and because running such a place is never about the welfare of children but rather about profit for the owners, Sequel will now close the facility.
It seems that a state like Oregon has taxpayers who are willing to waste their money. Like it was the case with Red Rock Canyon School, Oregon has paid for poor service for its foster children.
Based on what took place before 2016, it is safe to say that it was not a good place to be as a teenager.
Whenever a child and a counselor is alone in a room at a facility like Renewed Hope Ranch, there should be some video security not only to protect the child but also the professional reputation of the counselor. It seems that a staff member at Renewed Hope Ranch in Enoch either forgot that or turned off the security system with purpose.
Now the police is investigating which is the only way because they are the only one who can determine whether criminal activity took place.
If there was a purpose by shutting off the video security it is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
Mount Carmel Industrial School was located in Moate in Ireland.
It was a place where the local child welfare authorities could outsource their responsibilities to. Adults who survived the ordeal being placed there as children speak of beatings and sexual abuse. Some children seem to have disappeared. The paperwork was sparse and properly some of it has disappeared.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child. Where the oversight, the state should have taken care off were, is also uncertain. None seem to have taken care.
- Offaly man speaks out about sickening abuse suffered in local residential home (Offaly Express)
- “I want to know who those babies were, how they ended up in that room in Mount Carmel and what ever became of them.” (Irish Mirror)
- Woman was victim of abuse since childhood (The Irish Times)
- ‘The State doesn’t care’ – Brave survivor of childhood sexual and physical abuse at industrial school (The Irish Independent)
The Sisters of Nazareth ran group homes in Scotland at a number of cities like Aberdeen, Cardonald, Lasswade and Kilmarnock. Recent reports found evidence of abuse of children conducted in the years between 1933 to 1984.
While the present management has issued a statement where they apologise wholeheartedly and unreservedly to those who suffered any form of mistreatment, the question remain why there were no oversight of the group homes that actually worked.
It could not have been fun to be at those places where the daily life included:
- force feeding
- beatings with belts, canes, sticks, broom handles, hairbrushes and crucifixes
- persistent sexual abuse of boys and girls at all four homes, with one nun facilitating the abuse of a girl by men including priests
- children who wet their beds being beaten, given cold baths or forced to wear their wet sheets
Woodlands care home was located on Dereham Road in Norwich. It housed children of different age. Among the employees were Joseph Douglas Hewitt who in 1995 was convicted of sexual assault and rape involving six children. Strangely none seem to ask who were responsible for the oversight of the care home and why they failed the children.
Based on articles in the media it is safe to conclude that it could not have been fun to be a child at the care home.
- Convicted rapist who ran Norwich children’s care home denies allegations from five more victims (Eastern Daily Express)
- Children would be taken for ‘beatings’ in care home, rape trial hears (Eastern Daily Express)