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912. Cate School

The Cate School which is a boarding school located in Carpinteria, California was founded in 1910. Recently articles about alleged sexual abuse appeared in various medias. An investigation made by the local sheriff has been launched into the matter.

Also it has been revealed that some kind of abuse took place over several decades dating back to at least the 1960’s. Private law firms are gathering behind possible victims to help them with lawsuits.

It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager if you were among the victims.

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907. Morris Small Family Home

The authorities – Riverside County District Attorney’s Office -filed a number of charges against the couple who ran the Morris Small Family Home. Among those charges were 14-count involving neglect result in the death of 17-year-old Diane Ramirez as well as very indecent behavior against some of the children.

Also relatives to the children placed in the home claim that the children when they reached adulthood was tricked into legally binding relationships. The worst part of this story is that parts of the social services seem to have been tipped off before the tragic death but did not react in time.

If the accusations are true it is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

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903. New Alternatives Home

New Alternatives Home was 2 group homes located in California. One was located on Victoria Place in Costa Mesa and another in Orange. At the Costa Mesa place a psychiatrist named Burnell Gordon Forgey had been hired to work with a boy. Little known to the public he had opened his home for James Lee Crummel who later ended up on the death row before he committed suicide. Forgey had also worked for the CEDU chain of boarding schools where researchers now link the disappearance of several boys to this couple having access to the campuses.

In relationship with New Alternatives Home the authorities charged Forgey for having lured a 16 year old boy, he worked with to the home and drugged the boy. Taking advantage of the boys helpless state, they performed various sexual acts with their victim. Both were arrested and charged with various crimes.

The full extend of the pairs crimes were never fully exposed due to the advanced age of Forqey and the suicide of Crummel but being the victims of such crimes cannot be fun as a teenager.

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868. Angel Gate Academy

In the media the camp is mostly known because an employee is on the death row for killing her husband for insurance money and the building being used by a professional scammer after classes are over.

Angel Gate Academy were marketed as remedial math and science classes. However it is just a boot camp where the teenagers are subjected to  yelling and screaming by the employees. The boot camp is administered by California National Guard troops who are neither qualified teachers nor given any background screening to protect the children from the possibility of abuse or neglect.

It cannot not be fun as a teenager to be subjected to this treatment when the marketing is telling another story.

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830. Ministerial Christian Academy

In 2004 the authorities intervened against an unregistered boarding school located in Pomona, California. The authorities removed handcuffs, shackles, computers, financial records and other documents during the raid.

While one of the employees were arrested on suspicion of rape with a foreign object and sexual battery of a female student, later the police dropped the case. The employee was a registered sex offender.

The media coverage of the raid spoke of students being restrained in handcuffs, left for hours in cramped, darkened storage rooms and forced into a cold swimming pool as punishments.

It is not clear if the investigation led to real prison time or a plea deal involving fines.

It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

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811. Victor Treatment Centers

A number of incidents involving alleged assault resulted in closure of one of the group homes / treatment facilities operated by Victor Treatment Centers. It seems that the facilities were either under-staffed or had not got any training in how to handle situations with teenagers who suffer from various mental issues.

According to their website they deal this target group:

Victor Treatment Centers, Inc. (VTC) exists to provide a healthy, healing living environment for severely emotionally disturbed children and youth who have such great needs that they are temporarily not able to succeed in family situations and/or lower levels of care.

Such a target group requires specially trained employees and if this is not the case, then it is better to close down or it would not be fun to be there as a teenager.

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744. Guiding Hands School

Guiding Hands School located in El Dorado Hills, California experienced a death of one the students, they had enrolled. A policy at the school seems to be confronting the students behavior in a very aggressive way. Maybe so aggressive that it is in violation with state rules. It is a subject of an investigation started after the tragic death.

The school was later closed down

When even restraint by staffmembers can be caused by a student not stop tapping a pencil on desk, then it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.

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696. Harmony Crisis Management Group

Harmony Crisis Management Group was a so-called youth transport firm. It is a company, parents can hire to transport their children to a residential programs if they do not want to burden themselves with the emotional stress of breaking the news to their children that they will rather spend time on themselves rather than doing the hard work of parenting.

The process often starts with employees entering the room of the teenager in the middle of the night together with one of the parents telling the teenager that the teenager has to go with the employee who the teenager never have met before. Then the parent leave the house, so the employees are cleared of facing potential vitnesses who could testify against them if case of possible violence or other forms of molestation.

The companies operating within this industry has in the past been known to use various forms of mechanical restraints. The website of this firm does not state which forms of restraints or use of force the employees are allowed to use.

It must be very clear that the entire process of such a transport must be very traumatic or in clear violation of one of the first rules, parents learn their children: Never go with a stranger!

It is very clear that it could have not be fun to a teenager transported by a company like Harmony Crisis Management Group.

The website is gone so it seems that the world is now free from having this firm operating.

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691. Covenant Youth Transport

Covenant Youth Transport was a so-called youth transport firm. It is a company, parents can hire to transport their children to a residential programs if they do not want to burden themselves with the emotional stress of breaking the news to their children that they will rather spend time on themselves rather than doing the hard work of parenting.

The process often starts with employees entering the room of the teenager in the middle of the night together with one of the parents telling the teenager that the teenager has to go with the employee who the teenager never have met before. Then the parent leave the house, so the employees are cleared of facing potential vitnesses who could testify against them if case of possible violence or other forms of molestation.

The companies operating within this industry has in the past been known to use various forms of mechanical restraints. The website of this firm does not state which forms of restraints or use of force the employees are allowed to use.

It must be very clear that the entire process of such a transport must be very traumatic or in clear violation of one of the first rules, parents learn their children: Never go with a stranger!

It is very clear that it could have not be fun to a teenager transported by a company like Covenant Youth Transport.

The website is gone so it seems that the world is now free from having this firm operating.

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686. Adolescent Escort Service of California Inc

Adolescent Escort Service of California Inc sometime mentioned as Adolescent Escort Service Northwest, Inc is a so-called youth transport firm. It is a company, parents can hire to transport their children to a residential programs if they do not want to burden themselves with the emotional stress of breaking the news to their children that they will rather spend time on themselves rather than doing the hard work of parenting.

The process often starts with employees entering the room of the teenager in the middle of the night together with one of the parents telling the teenager that the teenager has to go with the employee who the teenager never have met before. Then the parent leave the house, so the employees are cleared of facing potential vitnesses who could testify against them if case of possible violence or other forms of molestation.

The companies operating within this industry has in the past been known to use various forms of mechanical restraints. The website of this firm does not state which forms of restraints or use of force the employees are allowed to use.

It must be very clear that the entire process of such a transport must be very traumatic or in clear violation of one of the first rules, parents learn their children: Never go with a stranger!

It is very clear that it cannot be fun to a teenager transported by a company like Adolescent Escort Service of California Inc.

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