The Box Hill and Bayswater boys’ homes was run by the Salvation Army. The government which should have secured oversight did not care and as result some of the boys were abused.
Beside the government having having neglected their duty, also the Salvation Army failed as an organization, denying that they had the to look after the volunteers they allowed near the children.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Child sexual abuse royal commission: Former Salvation Army home residents describe being bashed, having testicles squeezed until passing out (News AU)
- Salvation Army failed to protect boys from abuse for decades, report says (The Guardian)
Gateway to Independence located in Nashville, Tennessee were supposed to be a good place for teenagers who needed extra structure, their families could not provide.
Unfornately that demanded enough employees to provide this structure and they must have been understaffed as the facility is now known for riots, vandalism and violence. A federal judge has put a stop to transferring youth to the facility. Some teenagers have tried to commit suicide in order to leave.
Maybe it has always been so. The facility suffered the same issues when it was run under the name of Woodlands Hills Development Center.
I cannot not be fun to be there as a teenager.
The Open Door Baptist Church is not a good place to be as a minor. Not only there is the risk of sexual abuse as it too sadly is very common in religious communities. At this church abuse was not reported when it was discovered. The police arrested the leader of the church due to his failure to report the abuse.
It could not have been fun to be a child without protection of responsible adults at this church.
- Fundamentalist Baptist pastor arrested on charges he failed to report child abuse (Star Telegram)
- Lead pastor of Open Door Baptist arrested (Mesquite News)
Young Danes dreaming of a life in the movie entertainment business were abused by the directors Ernst Johansen and Lasse Nielsen. Ernst Johansen had a taste for young girls and Lasse Nielsen a taste for young boys.
They made a number of youth movies like “Du er ikke alene”, “Måske ku’ vi” and “La’ os være”. They were the hottest partnership in the Danish movie industry back then. Young talents wanted to be part of the movies and the ambitions was abuse by the directors. One of the girls comitted suicide.
It could not have been fun being a teenager finding out that the agenda never was to make the movies, but rather using the movies to get easy and quick sex.
- Overgreb i danske ungdomsfilm (Ekko film)
- ’Det var 70’erne, og det var sommer, og solen skinnede’ (Information)
For many years youth in Iceland lived a normal Nordic life until Iceland decided to crack down on the concept of teenage life. Iceland sneaked out of the Danish–Icelandic Act of Union in 1944 and it seems that they lately adapted a more fundamentalist culture.
Teenagers aged under 16 are not allowed to be out after 22:00, even during summer hollidays where youth here from Denmark stay out and socialize over beers, fire and food instead of sitting isolated alone at home in front of the computer where they can come in touch with evil preachers which can persuade to become radikalized and in some cases even leave their homes to fight abroad or bomb local schools.
The law that prevent teenagers on Iceland to live a normal life is Child Protection Act (no. 80/2002 Art. 92). It is legislation that resembles laws in countries located far away from the Nordic countries.
Being prevented to live a life like teenagers in the other Nordic countries make it safe to state that it cannot be fun to grow up in Iceland.
Let me be frank. Not every part of Copenhagen is bad to grow up in. But with a gang war demanding deserted streets if you want to be safe with your friends areas like Mjølnerparken, Tingbjerg and the Urban plan is not fun grow up in.
People are shot right outside your living door. A stray bullet has the potential to hurt or kill your parents and siblings.
That is the sad reality of living in one of ghettos in Denmark. This is a typical area where you as an immigrant or refugee start your life in Denmark if you choose Denmark to live in.
The gangs like Loyal to Familia and Brothas who is the real ruler of these areas cannot guarantee your safety and while membership of the gangs is the only way to get an education because Danish prisons do a lot trying to prevent criminals to come back, the price you pay can be high. In worst case it can mean death.
Social heritage matter. If you grow up in these areas, you are destined for manual job. Forget ambitions. You have to take what you can. Perhaps you can work as aid (SOSU-assistant) for elderlies in better parts of Copenhagen. Then you have really made it with the resources you were given by birth.
Anyhow regardless of your possible future, it cannot be fun to grow up in those parts of urban Copenhagen.
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Success Academy Hudson Yards Middle School is a charter school located in Manhattan. Lately criticism has been raised about the school being run as a boot camp. If success demands a boot camp it is better not having success.
All over the world the results of over-ambitious school systems and parents are seen and it is measured in suicides and mental breakdowns.
Whatever success achieved at Eva Moskowitz mockery of a school it is simply too hard-earned. It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Parents slam charter boss for ‘boot camp’ discipline at Manhattan school (My Daily News)
- At a Success Academy Charter School, Singling Out Pupils Who Have ‘Got to Go’ (The New York Times)
The Adams Memorial Junior High School also known as Adams Memorial Middle School which is now closed has been the center of a recent investigation due to possible child abuse conducted in 1970’s.
A school custodian used his job to lure on the boys when they were in the showers. Some boys were also invited to the school during the holidays when the school was closed. The abuser confirmed his actions and told investigators that he lost his job as result of his actions.
However strangely enough there are no records showing how he lost his job. The abuse was not reported. The questions remain: Who covered up the incidents? Why was there not a police investigation as result of his loss of his job? If he got fired because of his improper relationship to the boys, other employees and his manager should have reported him.
It cannot be fun to have been there being a victim of the school custodian actions.
- Dark secrets surface: Two boys, now men, claim abuse by school custodian in the 1970s (The Berkshire Eagle)
- 5 more come forward claiming sexual abuse from former Adams Memorial Junior High custodian (The Berkshire Eagle)
- ‘Did this community lose a generation of boys?’ Victims unable to report abuse, suffered alone for decades (The Berkshire Eagle)
- Sexual Abuse by Adams School Custodian Comes to Light After Decades (Fogelman Law Firm)
Whitmore Academy in Nephi, Utah ended its operation with lawsuits combined with misdemeanor counts of child abuse and hazing.
The facility seems to have been converted into a bed and breakfast place. Hopefully the guests get better treatment than the girls received.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenage girl.
- Whitmore Academy owner facing charges in 4th District Court (Nephi Times News)
- Ex-school owners OK $450,000 settlement (Deseret News)