What did you experience?

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Did you experience something bad?

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Domestic Prisoners of Conscience – blog group one
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4 responses to “What did you experience?”

  1. Mike says :

    UNITED WORLD COLLEGES HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS THAT THEY ARE TRYKNG TO HIDE AND NOW STUDENTS AND ALUMNI ARE SPEAKING UP!

    Look up uwcmentalhealthreform on facebook. Check out the video sections to see the mental health crisis at these boarding schools.
    Also, uwcvoices.com shows the suffering and stress the students feel while at these schools.

    United World College (UWC) is a world wide network of 15 boarding schools promoting peace and a sustainable future through education. They recruit the best and brightest across the world through national competitions and “give” them a 2 year scholarship(worth 80-100k dollars). Based on Kurt Hahn’s educational methods, they indoctrinate vulnerable (ages 15-19) kids with the impossible responsibility of saving the planet! DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE HAPPY GLASSY EYES OF KIDS HELPING OUT HUMANITY. Behind those smiling faces is a lot of pain and mental anguish: depression, low self esteem, and suicidal thoughts plague the students. (See survey results video from 1250 alumni and students on facebook uwcmentalhealthreform).

    Mike Brantjes, Chairman of UWC Alumni Association, explains that the program has been designed with psychological elements right from the start. They uproot youth and break down what they’ve learned and rebuild them psychologically with a new set of values and expectations much like the military. He says that it is important to realize that engrained in this whole set-up, is that UWC actively takes 16 year olds and installs in them an unbelievable mission and set them up for failure and creating stress for the rest of their lives.

    The initiation process gets the teen to cut off all emotional ties to their previous life, family, friends by promising them a supportive loving UWC family. The teens are isolated, loaded with on campus work duties, academics, indoctrination activities, intensive workshops on world crisis, sociliazing, and crammed 4 to a room! Sexual orientarion is questioned right from the start! Second year students prey on vulnerable and scared 1st year students whom they have already stalked on favebook and instagram. Promiscuity is ignored or sanctioned in common areas only (classrooms, conference rooms, camping).

    Many have committed suicide while at/after the United World College experience (look up obits for names in the UWC USA, Wales, Hong Kong school magazine listed under “in memoriam”). I have found 9 in the last 7 years and I am not a profesional investigator.

    In another video (starts at 23:00 mins) clinical psychologist,Lauge Scholer, explains that he was diagnosed with PTSD and depression after graduation. He describes the UWC environment and experience.

    I am speaking from experience. My teen almost committed suicide while in this program. The school NEVER contacted me about repeated cries for help. They completely took over my childs life and identity and shut us out by turning our teen against us. Three days AFTER the attempt and hospitalization we were notified because of the legal risk. Then they tried to quickly and quietly get rid of the problem. Needless to say, we have spent thousands on therapy. Our teen does not understand what happened but does see that there is a mental health problem as there are several students that were struggling at the same time. The kids are left to fend and cope on their own. The school demands resilience and does not recognize that the methods used and demands of the program are mentally damaging vulnerable youth! Their practices and methods are similar to the Moonies! High demand, brain washing, love bombing, and lots of choreographed dance perdormances!

    The school will try to pin the problem on the student citing previous emotional instsbility or problems. This is unacceptable because 1) all teens are unstable at one point or another from basic brain development, 2) they seek out highly intelligent kids who may not have the emotional maturity to endure military like indoctrinization methods, 3) they lack the proper mental health care for struggling teens, 4) they have poor pastoral training, and 5) they have poor quality food and loose monitoring of sleep that produces psychosis and mental breakdowns at one point or another.

    There are 15 private colleges world wide. Each country should have a child protective services agency that regulates and monitors the program. In 2014, there were suicides at UWC Wales and Swaziland and there was a fatal rock climbing accident in UWC Costa Rica.
    I urge anyone who has access to child protective services to put this organizarion on their list of investigations before more people die as a result of their negligence.

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