909. Casa La Esperanza
Casa La Esperanza located in Ensenada, Mexico was among the so-called rehabs closed in 2004 after a long thorough investigation. At the time of its closure 20 detainees called students in the press was present.
The exact location and nature of this facility is not known as most of the sources have been lost. If you by chance know something, please comment this article.
However based on the testimonies of others who have been in similar facilities in Mexico it is safe to assume that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Casa by the Sea / Casa La Esperanza / Genesis shut by Mexica (The Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora)
- Mexican Officials Shut Down 3 Schools for Troubled U.S. Youths (Los Angeles Times)
- Baja raids shut boarding schools for U.S. teens (San Diego Union-Tribune – reposted at The Cult Education Institute)
872. Great Circle, Webster Groves campus
The authorities intervened against the fast growing organization which have campuses on several locations around Missouri. Later the police announced that they have put toward charges against 4 employees which were abuse of healthcare recipient.
The management of the organization announced that the campus would be closed down and both employees and patients would be transferred to other facilities.
An article in Salt-Lake-Tribune reveals that there have been several incidents on the campuses and programs run by the Great Circle organization involving stabbing between some of the patients, a former CEO has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, there are investigation into possible fraud against Medicare and Medicaid, and as usual with group homes in general various lawsuits into whether episodes involving restraints and injury to children were justified.
Overall it could not have been fun to be patient at Great Circle.
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.
- Police Remove 26 Youths From Boarding School (Los Angeles Times)
- State Trying to See If Boarding School Was Operating Illegally (Los Angeles Times)
- State Cites Boarding School in Abuse Case (Los Angeles Times)
825. Teen Mentor
Teen Mentor or Mentor Academy was a short-lived boarding school which was raided by the authorities in 2011. There were allogations of abuse involved in the decision to close down the school.
It seems that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Costa Rica government closes controversial ‘tough love’ youth camp (TICO Times)
- Inside the ‘troubled teen’ school so disturbing it still gives ex-students nightmares (Babe.net)
- Teen Mentor (Costa Rica) shut down by authorities (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora)
824. Academy at Dundee Ranch
In 2003 PANI raided a boarding school named Academy at Dundee Ranch located in Costa Rica. The raid resulted in criminal charges but the trial had to be cancelled because many of the employees were foreigners who had left the country before the trial.
The academy was a franchise under the WWASP organization and with the closure after the raid, the school joined the list of so many schools operating in the same franchise which were closed by authorities in a number of countries.
It is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
782. The Never Give Up Youth Healing Center
Located on the same property as the now-closed New Horizon Academy, the school was raided by the police. The water on the property is still contaminated. It is not safe to drink. Apparently the employees have something to hide as the police arrested on the employees for obstructing an officer executing the search warrant.
A lot on their website indicate that they use the same structure as the other company. It seems that the methods used by the now-defunct WWASP chain are still used by small firms who rent property at buildings that previous housed WWASP schools.
It remains unclear what they treat the teenagers for. Back in the WWASP days it was only about detention of children, the parents did not have time for. A lot of games were constructed to make it look like it was treatment but it was basically the same nonsens you see at many sales conventions motivating good spirit and results. It was not treatment of serious mental health issues.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
774. Mal Niga school, Nigeria
The Mal Niga school was raided by the police just as the police did with two other boarding schools in the country. They found imprisoned and shackled students beside some adults who also were confined to the campus.
It seems that the government of Nigeria has a huge load of work in front of them checking up on boarding schools in the country. It cannot be fun to be subjected to wearing restraints and taught only religious texts as a student.
706. The Joshua Home
News reports tell a story about raid of this facility.
The manager of the facility is no stranger to readers of this site as Brother Gary Wiggins used to run a similar home in Alabama where former boys spoke of abuse.
Then reports told that he moved his business to Missouri. It then vanished some months ago and now the police in Texas raided the facility.
Was it an attempt to operate in secret?
Anyhow it is safe to conclude that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Eight juvenile males removed from Joshua Home (Burnet Bulletin)
- Abuse reports shut down his Alabama boys home. Now he’s opened another in Missouri (Kansas City)
570. Morava Academy
Morava Academy was a shortlived boarding school project located in the Czech Republic. It was using the methods set up by the WWASP organization. The authorities in the Czech Republic soon discovered that something was wrong with the place and decided to conduct a raid. What they found was basically a private prison with isolation rooms.
The employees were arrested and the managers escaped the justice some months later when they fled from the country. Many of the teenagers did however not enjoy freedom when they returned home because the authorities in the United States failed to take the teenagers into protection by the social services when they returned home. Most of the teenagers were placed at the boarding school by parents who weighed personal time and cruises over parental responsability.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Morava Academy (WWASP survivors)
- Czech school accused of torturing pupils (The Independent)
- Morava Academy heads arrested before (Project Nospank – The Prague Post)