Today Waialeʻe Industrial School in Hawaii is only a tomb but past generations remember this place with fear. Not everyone was placed there fairly. There was a time where the United States ran the former Kingdom of Hawaii as a kind of colony controlled by private businessmen who didn’t accept democracy or even the kingdom itself. It closed in the 1950’s.
It could not have been a fun place to be as a teenager.
- The boys of Waiale‘e(Honolulu Weekly)
- Ruins of the Waialeʻe Industrial School For Boys (Mariela Flores Fine Art Photography)
- Waialeʻe Industrial School (Ho‘okuleana)
Columbia Training School closed in 2008. It was about 100 years too late because the treatment the girls received sounded more like something you could have found 100 years ago. Some of the offenses which resulted in the placement of the girls were not real offenses like truancy. Truancy is a school problem, not a student problem. If the school provide an interesting method of education none should punish the children for staying away.
Danish high schools have friday bars so the students can drink beer just to keep them in school.
Anyhow once placed at the reform school the teenage girls could be placed in shackles, isolation or forced to trade in sexual favors just to make life something to survive.
It could not have been a fun place to be.
- Columbia Training School Removes Last Girls (Jackson Free Press)
- Sex abuse, violence alleged at teen jails across U.S. (CNN)
- AP: 13K claims of abuse in juvenile detention since ’04 (USA Today)
This facility located in Utah gets mixed reviews and a parent wrote on Fornits that she felt that the facility was very self-centered and they didn’t consult people on the outside even when it came to medications etc. That can provide a danger because facilities should work together and not just second-guess diagnoses so they can earn more money on analyses.
It can result in too long stays and that cannot be fun to be there as a teenager when this happen. Also a resident speaks of gender therapy being practised there.
Kendall house in Gravesend, United Kingdom was closed in 1986. Unfortunately after it made the lives misserable for a lot of girls.
One of the former “students” wrote:
Kendall house Gravesend Kent. This happened to us too in the uk. A home office psychotherapist was doing it to us. All our children were born with birth defects and all the kh girls who lived got ill with a serious unknown autoimmune illness in our 40s. I have all our records of the abuse, severe overdosing drug logs, cover Ups documented in files. It was first exposed in 1979 and the uk government mps refused to help the abused children in the care institutions and said it was a medical problem not a government problem. It wad exposed again on a tv documentary in 1980 and the government still refused to stop it. I was sent to kendall house in 1980 by Wandsworth social services. I was there 3 years. I was locked in a small room for over 160 days isolated, massively overdosed with 11 psychotropic drugs for 3 years every day and sexually abused in that room. The psychotherapist sent me to stone house mental hospital with dangerous severely disturbed patients as punishment if i alerted anyone. Kent police have not investigated the abuse at kendall house and lied publicly. My mp Eric pickles has refused to talk to me for 18 years and recently told his secretary to call me and tell me to drop it. I wont drop it. A social worker who witnessed the barbaric abuse and brain training called it ratamorphism. I have all the evidence fortunately. The gov are lying publicly and are making sure this abuse is totally ignored. Its still hapenning to kids in care today and I can prove it. The uk government are lying publicly and saying they dont do it but they are doing it. The children are locked behind closed doors and can not get help. They are screaming in silence here in the uk. My website is no2abuse and my book trust no one that I wrote because all those in authority ignored the abuse.
A television station later investigated and found 10 ex-residents at Kendall House had gone on to have children with birth defects after being forcibly given cocktails of drugs, including tranquilisers, during the 1970s and 80s.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
Yet another religious reform school was in the media for its abusive methods against teenagers. The structure of the school looked very much alike many others. Now where it is closed lawsuits are piling up. Unfortunately a little too late for the boys who endured the alleged abuse.
To make it even worse the manager – pastor James Waldeck – should be involved in a new private prison project in Montana.
Safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Rapes, Daily Beatings, and No Escape: Christian School Was Hell For These Boys (The Daily Beast)
- Minor sues Blue Creek Academy for negligence (West Virginia Record)
- Second suit filed against Blue Creek Academy (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
First located in Kanab and later in Spanish Fork in Utah this boarding school for pregnant girls was shown to be involved in some kind of adoption business which caused 3 pregnant teenagers to attack the staff and escape in order to provide a better future for their children that the children would have experienced if the girls had remained at the facility. Pretty babies are a good business and very easy money with few questions asked.
The owners was reported to have ties to the infamous WWASP organization.
It cannot be fun to end up as a pregnant teenager in such a place.
Mesabi Academy in Minnesota operates like a private detention facility. They were in the media for not reporting possible abuse to the authorities. Instead they were aiming at legal action against the county in order to keep their business.
Private detention facilities are supposed to be punishment. However this kind of abuse was not written down by the judges who sent the juveniles to the facility. What the tax-payers get for their money is teenagers tormented by these possible acts of abuse which easy can lead them further into a line of crimes once they are released. Hunger Strikes among the teenagers are also seen.
It is cannot be fun to be there as a teenager (it shoudn’t but this is extreme.)
- Mesabi Academy staff probed over reported abuse (Mesabi Daily News)
- MPR: Abuse cover-up at Buhl juvenile center (Minnesota Brown)
- Boy treated during hunger strike at Mesabi Academy (Duluth News Tribune)
- Private juvenile center conceals abuse inquiries and pressures county to keep its business deal (Minnesota Public Radio)
Victory Acres Children’s home was located in Alice in Texas. Whoever enters the now abandoned buildings may have the possibility to read confidential papers made about the girls who lived there because they didn’t destroy the records when they closed down.
Corporal punishment was used and it is safe to state that it wasn’t fun to be there as a teenager.
Gatesville State School for Boy was operated by the authorities in Texas in the years between 1889 and 1979.
The former inmates who happened to be children while they were sent there has spoken of physical, sexual, mental and verbal abuse at the facility.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
A blog has been made for the survivors to share and remember.
Gatesville State School for Boys (Memorial blog)
“Værebro’s drengehjem” as it was called in Danish existed until 1984. Ironically the boys home was founded by a so-called humanitarian organization named “Foreningen af 1838 til Forsømte Børns Frelse” (The organization of 1838 for the salvation of neglected children).
The boys were disciplined by being tied to the vault in the Gym. Then the employees would use a tawse or often af piece of rope on their bare backs until blood was drawn. It is difficult to understand the level of torment and abuse these boys were put through.
Under no circumstances could it have been fun to live there as a teenager.
- Forsorgsmuseet har modtaget en gymnastikhest med en grum historie (History Online – In Danish)
- Fik tæsk med tovværk (Fyens Stiftstidende – in Danish)