Guardian Placement Services 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 Guardian Placement Services.
The website is gone so it seems that the world is now free from having this firm operating.
The Poplar Springs Hospital in Petersburg, Florida has been seen a number of cases where teenagers have run away. Also the reviews of former patients seem not to be that positive.
Here are some of the testimonies:
Had a horrible experience here, upon my arrival people were on me like leeches, multiple females wanted to fight me. I got into two fights, staff did nothing. A female bit me in front of staff and all they said was “Did she break skin” “looks fine to me”. The staff was nonchalant about everything. My family bought me my necessities and the staff claimed they “couldn’t find” my belongings. Poor experience, don’t do drugs.
I was here in 2015 for 7 days, I think. I was under a TDO and I got there really early in the morning and they took hours to finally get me onto the adolescent unit. I saw a lot of fights. I think I counted 11 fights in the 7 days I was there. I also noticed that they sent almost every single patient to the residential unit. I had to beg them to not send me to the residential unit. The staff was honestly a joke, minus like 2 people. I don’t even remember going to groups or my court hearing. Literally, the only good thing that came out of it was they gave me nicotine patches with my moms permission.
Running as hospital for minors require supervision. It seems that the hospital does care more about profit than the safety of the patients. It cannot be fun being a teenage patient in this hospital.
- Police searching for runaway teens who left Poplar Springs Hospital (WTVR news)
- Polar Springs Hospital complaints (UHS behind closed doors)
The Vanguard School is located near Lake Wales in Florida.
The staff seems to conduct little oversight over the facility which has resulted in abuse among the students.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
The House of Prayer for All People existed from 1985 to 1995. It was a cult-like group home. The police have charged the Anna Elizabeth Young, who was in charge og the group home for murder.
A boy died. The investigations show that food was withheld leading to the death of Emon Harper, who was around 2 or 3 years old at the time.
Other vitnesses have told about children being bathed in chemicals.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Gainesville religious home owner, now 75, charged in child’s death (News-journal Online)
- Leader of ‘Cult-Like’ Boarding School Is Arrested In Late 1980s Cold Case Death Of Toddler (Inside Edition)
Highlands Youth Academy formerly known as Avon Park Youth Academy located in Avon Park, Florida became the center of local media coverage as the Sheriff condemned the conditions and management of the facility. A private security company G4S were responsible for the security at the facility and they did a poor job.
Among the incidents happening at the facility the last couple of years were riots, sexual misconduct, sexual and physical abuse by guards. The buildings were poorly maintained and there were lack of staff members talking the fact into consideration that there were lack of cameras and locks.
The responsible people are those who made the choice of selecting G4S for the job. G4S is a private company with no remorse if people suffer when they target profit before anything else. When you hire private operators you need to supervise every step just as close as if you ran the operations yourself. Private firms who outsource knows that. The public sector needs to learn.
Of course you have to place juveniles somewhere they were convicted of breaking the laws but the punishment should be metered by the courts and not by employees at the prisons. It could not have been fun to be serving time under the poor conditions G4S gave these children.
- Sheriff: Highlands Youth Academy is ‘unequivocal train wreck’ (Fox 13 News)
- Report: Highlands Youth Academy is a ‘disgrace’ (Greenville Onlne)
- Former youth academy staff members arrested for child abuse, neglect (WTSP news)
The facility also going under the names Teen Challenge, Bonifay or West Florida Boys Ranch was the center of an article from Tampa Bay Times.
It is structured somewhat like a boot camp and the relatives of the young boys who are sent there have very little contact.
Also one of the boys ended up in Hospital because they forced him to exercise too much.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Teen Challenge: The depths of coercion at a “God Warrior” training camp (The Daily Kos)
- In Gods Name (Tampa Bay Times)
- Military school ‘cadet’ exercised to brink of death (Tampa Bay Times)
Genesis by the Sea was run by Michael Palmer, who also owned Victory Christian Academy. The authorities in Mexico closed the operation down after an investigation. At the same time a case was conducted in California after a girl died during construction work. The management relocated to Florida and Missouri until they finally shut down their business after former student stepped forward and told how the conditions were.
At the property in Mexico another program is run called Pacific Life Academy or Pacific Life School. Investigation is conducted by human rights organization whether the conditions is at bad at they were back then.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Secrets in the Schoolhouse (The Independent News)
- Scrutiny increases on centers for teens; Four compounds in Baja closed in as many months (Union-Tribune)
- Complaint Review: Victory Christian Academy – Genesis By The Sea (Ripoff Report)
This treatment center was closed down by the Department of Juvenile Justice.
The cause was concern about problems involving safety and security for the 14- to 18-year-old boys in its program.
It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
- DJJ closes Milton juvenile treatment center (Pensacola News Journal)
- FDLE to review Palm Beach County juvenile facility (Orlando Sentinel)
- State cancels deal with private youthful-offender center (Orlando Sentinel)
It has been some years since the police found boys on the point of starving at this academy. At the time of its closure the boarding school was named Blue Ridge Military Academy but earlier it was run under the name Bunker Hill Military School.
Among the key employees were Sean Mask who in 1995 was charged with videotaping boys in the shower at a camp in Indiana, but charges were later dropped. At the time of the closure Sean Mask was on probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Another employee was Irene Elizabeth Bradbury who later became involved in a traffic incident. Two employees Robert Earl Herrington and Dale Curtis were mentioned to have been arrested in the case.
It didn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
- State orders camp to close (Saint Peterburgs Times Online)
- Camp instructors out on bond (The Augusta Chronicle)
- It’s taps again for boot camp (Saint Peterburgs Times Online)
- Former director of military academy accused of battery (Saint Peterburgs Times Online)
A boy sought help for his emotional problems and was admitted to Concept house in Miami, Florida.
It didn’t help him. He was found dead hanging not a full day after being signed in. He died in the hospital.
To be forced to live away from your home is surely one thing but not to get help either it is tough. I cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Parents sue over son’s hanging a day into his stay at center (Miami Herald)