722. A Better Way Youth Academy
A Better Way Youth Academy, also marketed as Robert Louis Stevenson Youth Academy and Mole Ole Ava was boarding school on what at that time was called Western Samoa.
Today it is mostly known for a scandal where an employee has a sexual relationship with female students.
It could not have been fun to be there back then.
- It’s Cheap, But is it Good for Kids? (Spark Action)
- Coral Reef Academy (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora – mentions the facilty)
- Paradise Cove (WWASPsurvivors – mentions the facility in the comments)
432. Pacific Coast Academy, Samoa
No to be confused with the school of the same name used in a TV entertainment serie this school was one of the many scams located on Samoa. As a country Samoa has never shown interest in monitoring such facilities leaving the country to a legacy of housing scam-artists who targeted parents concerned about their children.
The authorities became interested but the money men who ran the facility has not yet been brought to justice.
The videos above says it all. It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Orange Gulags (Orange Papers)
- Camp in Samoa Draws Criticism in U.S. (The New York Times)
- Teen Boot Camp Conditions Criticized (Pound Pup Legacy – exposing the dark side of adoption)
- Factsheet about the facility (Reddit Troubled Teen database)
- Special agent who protected Tiger Woods reveals rescue mission of children from behaviour modification camp (The stuff)
- Camp in Samoa Draws Criticism in U.S. (The New York Times)
- Teens taken from Samoa center (Deseret News)
431. Paradise Cove
When teenagers who have been so unfortunate to end up in one of the WWASP facilities speak of which was worse Paradise Cove ranks among the most severe.
The WWASP concept was not quite developed yet but the use of longtime isolation boxes not very unlike isolation boxes used against U.S. servicemen in the Second War was invented at Paradise Cove. The “Exit plan” was designed where parents could tell their children that they either passed the program og would be sent to shelter once they turned 18 if they didn’t.
In fact Paradise Cove was breaking news in the Troubled Teen Industry was it was in operation.
But when you are making eggs you have to break them before using them and now many years later the extend of the damage has become clear.
Relatives has been murdered by the teenagers who were sent there. Suicides among the teenagers were common once they returned home. Crimes involving murders also became the result. Here are a number of cases. We have not been able to list all the suicides as it would take up too much time:
- Joshua Lambert stabbed both his grandparents to death. Developed a mental illness based on his stay at the facility
- Christopher Sutton was convicted of hiring a contract killer to kill his parents. The mother died. The father escaped with life-long injuries.
- Evan Ebel died by suicide-by-cop after committing crimes and police car chase
It wasn’t a fun place to be as a teenager and the trail of tears, loss and suicides continue to be longer.
- Too-tough love? (Forbes Magazine)
- Tales of abduction, lost freedom at teen rights rally (Gatehouse Media)
- Suspected gunman Evan Ebel spent teens in third world ‘behavioral programs’ (Examiner)
- Father testifies about son accused of blinding him (Sun-Sentinel)
- Alleged killer spent time in Paradise Cove (Whidbey News Times)
430. Coral Reef Academy
Coral Reef Academy is one of the holding places parents can choose when they are afraid that their child can walk from the facility once the child turns 18 as it is the case in most states in the United States but in Samoa the age of adulthood is set to 21 and the government don’t care about the welfare of the teenagers abroad who struggle with survival in a foreign country.
Corel Reef Academy is in the public most known for having robbed Earl Sweatshirt of his talent creating lyrics young teenagers would love to hear. He was a successful entertainer having visited several countries before his mother removed him from the entertainment industry for a period for more than a year.
When he returned his band had moved on. Several of them are now closely connected so people like Justin Bieber providing him with ideas for new albums while poor Earl Sweatshirt settles with some tweets.
Due to being a place where ambitions and progress can be lost, it is safe to say that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager (and as young adults).
- Earl Sweatshirt’s Coral Reef Academy Friend Says “New Yorker” Story Is False (Complex Magazine)
- Complex Exclusive: We Found Earl Sweatshirt (Complex Magazine)
- Remember “Shine” – even today artists face unspeakable challenges (Domestic Prisoners of Conscience)
429. New Hope Academy (Samoa)
Related to the previous entry is New Hope Academy (Samoa) which were located on Samoa.
As it was the case with the previous entry, it was also a scam and the operation of the faclity ended up i various lawsuits. The person close to the management got 10 years in prison.
Also 5 teenagers was suddenly stranded in a foreign country without contact to any adults who could help them. In the end the U.S. Consulate in Samoa aided them to a shelter.
It couldn’t have been a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Former BYU Football Player disappears (Scrutinized youth camp chief ‘took off’) (Mormons today)
- Man with isle ties gets 10 years in Texas (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
- 5 Stranded When Utah Firm Closes (Pound Pup Legacy – exposing the dark side of adoption)
428. Aloha Youth Academy
In 1999 parents suddenly got the option of placing their children at Aloha Youth Academy in Samoa so they could use their time on other things than being a parent. Little did the parents know that the Academy which marketed ifself as the cure for almost everything possible was a scam as so many likewise facilities in Samoa was.
So 7 minors were sent to the Academy on for it to close down a short while later leaving the parent no options but to take their children home several thousand dollars poorer.
It didn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Scrutinized youth camp chief ‘took off’ (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
- Families sue founder of defunct reform camps in Samoa, Laie (Pound Pop Legacy – exposing the dark side of adoption)