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Open Free for All / Re: Press-release from Domestic Prisoners of Conscience
« Last post by Oscar on November 18, 2017, 04:21:16 AM »
There has been a death at one of these boarding schools. It is under investigation from the local police and the US is pressing for a result:

Quote from: Star Tribune
Somalis investigate Minnesota-born teen's death at boarding school

A Minneapolis-born student died after being attacked at a boarding school.
by Libor Jany Star Tribune, August 25 - 2015

Somali police officials have launched an investigation into the brutal death of a Minneapolis-born boarding school student following mounting pressure from U.S. authorities.

In an e-mail to the young man's family, Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office said that authorities in Puntland, a region of northern Somalia, had begun a probe into the death of 17-year-old Ammar Abdihamid Abdirahman. The announcement came weeks after the U.S. State Department got involved, insisting that local authorities take seriously the death of an American citizen.

Officials from the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi increased pressure on Puntland authorities in recent weeks after learning of the death.

Abdirahman was reportedly tortured and killed in early May by a group of attackers who entered his dorm room, said Somali community activist Omar Jamal. Investigators are expected to look into reports that the headmaster of the since-shuttered school was involved in the assault.

The boy's cries for help could be heard from outside the room by his roommates, including several other young men from Minneapolis, Jamal said.

An initial autopsy suggested that Abdirahman died of strangulation.

For months, Abdirahman's mother, Shukri Hersi, heard nothing from Puntland authorities about the circumstances surrounding his death, until she decided to contact state authorities for help, Jamal said.

Jamal said that Hersi had initially been reluctant to approach authorities about her son's death after hearing from some community members who insisted that doing so would be courting more trouble.

"The mother was completely misled and misinformed and I don't understand why some members of the community are telling her to go quietly into the night," he said. "I don't want the Somali community to be afraid of the U.S. government."

Jamal said that her fears were compounded by the recent arrests of a group of young Somali men accused of plotting to support Sunni extremists in the Middle East, a high-profile case that has strained relations between the local immigrant community and law enforcement.

It isn't uncommon for Somali parents to send their children to boarding schools in their homeland to become more attuned with their culture and learn discipline, community leaders say. The practice, called dhaqan celis (loosely translated as "rehab kids"), isn't without controversy, as critics point out that the students, many of whom were born in the United States, often encounter a similar cultural gap in Somalia.

A spokeswoman for the State Department didn't respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Daniel Kennedy, an attorney for the family, on Tuesday corrected comments made in an earlier television news report suggesting that his client had been killed because he was American.

"I think it's a situation where in a tragedy like this, you search for a reason," Kennedy said.
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Open Free for All / Press-release from Domestic Prisoners of Conscience
« Last post by Oscar on November 18, 2017, 03:15:25 AM »
I got this press-release from Domestic Prisoners of Conscience:




President Trump: Please put Somalia on your watch-list

When Trump became president, he considered to restrict people from 12 countries from entering the United States.

We believe that he should put all those countries which were formerly a part of Somalia on this list.

In one part now known as Somaliland a new industry has established itself. It is a industry of extreme religious boarding schools where parents who live in the United States and Europe can send their children to if the children become too American or too European in their customs.

That is a problem when we address the security issues in every country in the world because closed school environments can be abused allowing the children to be forced into being taught about violence and that terrorism can be a tool to change the world.

We ordinary citizens in Europe and United States want to live in peace. Allowing children to leave our countries so they are placed in schools abroad where they learn to disgust our way of life and even fight it, is a serious threat against our peaceful lives.

We urge Trump and the American administration to put the area of Somalia on a watch list. We ask their customs to detain and interview every traveller leaving for and coming from the Somali area so it can be determined if they are parents or relatives to a child being detained at one of these boarding schools.

If they have a child at one of these schools they should be detained until the child is safely back in the United States where they then should be put under the protection of the social services.

If the parents then should be allowed to stay in the United States must be up to the court system to decide.

We are aware that many of the parents of Somali origins believe that they are only doing what other American parents do when they hire professionals to put their children in handcuffs and shackles so the children can be taken to Missouri or Utah where they are put into likewise religious boarding schools. The parents have a point.

Why target children with one religion when children are put through similar abuse just inside the United States?

Well. In an ideal world the United States should also put their foot down on all closed boarding schools in the United States. No child should be allowed to be contained under conditions which allows them less rights and more severe conditions compared to what they would experience in local prisons if they had broken the laws and the conditions in local boarding schools in Missouri and Utah are really bad.

But the laws are not there. Federal legislation making it difficult to bring children across state lines into states where legislators and law authorities do not care about children are not in place.

But border control to and from outside United States exist. Here is a chance to put the foot down and prevent abuse and the possibility that the children are introduced into terrorism.

That is why the United States should put the areas of the former Somalia on their watch list and restrict travelling to and from this area.
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Elan School / The International Drug Policy Reform conference
« Last post by Eliscu2 on September 28, 2017, 04:28:47 PM »
For all those interested in attending a screening of The Last Stop at the Drug Alliance conference, please send Todd a message and he can get you a HUGE discount on attendance ($15 instead of $400 for the week) -If you live in the states of Georgia or Alabama-
Contact: tnillsen25@gmail.com
It would be great to have some Elan Alumni and anyone else interested in the Troubled Teen Industry in attendance.
The screening will be at the CNN center in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, October 13th.
Here is a link to their website: http://www.reformconference.org
The Last Stop - Documentary Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBkRy037eJ0
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Feed Your Head / Ken Burns Rubbish Vietnam Program
« Last post by ajax13 on September 26, 2017, 07:03:32 PM »
http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-vietnam-war/watch/

I have been watching this shit with a mix of amusement and disgust. The sheer absurdity of trying to paint the US involvement in Vietnam as the result of the best intentions gone awry puts this Koch and banker-funded tripe in the realm of the surreal.  The use of the term "Viet Cong" to refer to the NLF is just one aspect of the atavistic red scare garbage that unerlies this profaning of history.
There was no "South Vietnam" until the US built it after the Vietnamese resistance crushed the French imperial lackeys for whom the US tax-payer footed the bill in the fifties.  When the French proved unable to murder enough Vietnamese people on their own land to keep control of the region, Uncle Sam sent Ed Lansdale, one of the worst human beings who ever lived, to foster a puppet regime of Roman Catholic quislings and drug lords in order to maintain Japan's cheap food supply. 
Somehow this fact seems to have escaped Burns and Co. in their formulation of this eighteen-hour homage to the heroism of anti-communist American jihadis.
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The Troubled Teen Industry / MONARCH ACADEMY, MONTANA closes
« Last post by Oscar on September 16, 2017, 01:53:42 AM »
The official report is that the number of students, they keep confined at the facility had become too low, so they were forced to close.

Official press-release:
Monarch School Closes (Struggling Teens marketing firm)

Student testimonies:
Various student testimonies (Tales from the black school - testimonial blog)

Fact pages:


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News Items / Deaths at Q&A Associates
« Last post by Oscar on August 22, 2017, 12:56:49 AM »
People do not seem to like that they were sent there, so they kill themselves:

Quote from: Charleston Gazette-Mail
Two deaths reported at WV young-adult transitional living program
By Erin Beck, Charleston Gazette-Mail Staff Writer, February 8 - 2016
 
In recent weeks, two young men have died of self-inflicted injuries at a Tucker County facility that markets itself as appropriate for those who are mentally ill or developmentally disabled.

On Dec. 21, staff members at Q&A Associates found a 19-year-old man dead in a barn at the group’s facility.

In an unattended-death report obtained from Tucker County Prosecuting Attorney Ray LaMora through a Freedom of Information Act request, Q&A staff member Keith Bishop said he heard other clients yell for help around 2:30 p.m., just before the body was discovered.
Bishop wrote that Irene Crowl, another staff member, told him she couldn’t find the client at 2:15 p.m. Crowl said she told Bishop sometime between 1:15 and 2 p.m. that the client was missing.

Q&A Associates’ founder Angie Shockley said she believes the man’s death was accidental, but did not dispute that it was self-inflicted. She said he showed no signs of being suicidal.

In the wake of the first death, Shockley said, Q&A Associates did not plan to increase monitoring of clients, and she said she was not worried about another death occurring.

“If I was, I would have to stop doing what I’m doing,” she said. She said she is passionate about her work, and believes most of the youth who participate benefit from the program.

Shockley said the risk of death, whether by accident, homicide or suicide, comes with the territory of working with an at-risk population.
“These kinds of things are going to happen,” she said. “I have to accept that as part of what I do here — there’s going to be another young person die.”

On Jan. 24, Evan Harris, a 23-year-old who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to his family, was found dead in the same barn.

“The officers found nothing on scene that would indicate this was anything other than a self-inflicted injury,” according to a statement from the Tucker County Sheriff’s Office.

LaMora said last week that the unattended-death report wasn’t complete because police are waiting on information from the medical examiner. The prosecutor did say that staff members didn’t know where the client was from 2:10 until 3 p.m., the time during which Harris died.

After the second death, Shockley asked an employee to return a reporter’s call and say “out of respect and duty to our families and clients, we have no comment at this time.”

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Q&A Associates, in Canaan Valley, promises to teach young people life skills. It includes three programs for young adults: Applewood Transitions, for young women; The Journey WV, for young men; and the Cabin Mountain Living Center, for people with autism. Staff members aim to “help them discover their own personal values and goals” and give clients “the skills they need to cope with day-to-day responsibilities of adulthood in a successful and productive fashion,” according to the website.

Clients pay up to $7,000 a month to participate. While the business lists specific mental illnesses it aims to help with on its website, it is not licensed with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources — nor is it required to be.
 
“This type of facility is considered to provide community supportive services, but not behavioral health services,” DHHR spokeswoman Allison Adler said in an email. “In this way, they are not providing a program that would require licensure from [the] DHHR.”

Q&A’s website says clients who are suicidal or who struggle with active desire for self-harm or severe mental illness may not be appropriate for the program. It also says young adults come to the program with a variety of mental illnesses, including depression and bipolar disorder, both of which are associated with a higher risk of suicide, and other problems, including autism, lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem.
Peggy Harris, Evan Harris’ aunt, said that in literature and conversations, Q&A Associates staff members presented themselves as capable of helping Evan become more independent.

“They said they had a combined 100 years of experience working with this group,” Peggy Harris said.

She said her nephew was from Metairie, Louisiana. He loved animals and the outdoors.

His family believes that his death was a “copycat suicide.” Peggy Harris said her nephew was “impressionable” and emotionally vulnerable, and was devastated by a recent break-up.
 
Evan Harris had been at Q&A since November. He had difficulty regulating his emotions, his aunt said.

She said her nephew had struggled all his life.

“He knew that he was different, and, of course, that makes people feel very isolated,” she said.

Her family hoped Evan would leave Q&A better able to cope with his anger and his insecurities, hold down a job and practice self-care strategies, and make his own decisions.

His parents were too distraught to agree to an interview, Peggy Harris said: “They are just trying to make it through the day.”

His aunt, speaking on behalf of the family, said they hope to see an investigation into whether Q&A should be held liable for the death, and potentially shut down. She said the family didn’t find out about the lack of state licensure until after Evan died.

“We’re very concerned for the kids,” she said. “I call them kids, because that’s pretty much the level that they’re at.”

LaMora said authorities are still investigating.

“I really can’t say anything,” he said in an email. “I just will not close the door on anything until all the information has been gathered and is complete.”

Peggy Harris said the family also submitted a consumer complaint to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office. Curtis Johnson, spokesman for the office, said the law prohibits Attorney General’s Office staff from confirming or denying the existence of investigations.

Harris recalled a conversation at a meeting she had with Q&A staff after Evan died.

“At that meeting, I asked the staff what they are doing differently, since they’ve had two suicides within a month, and they said there was nothing that they would do differently,” she said. “I said, ‘So you’re saying you may have a third suicide next month,’ and they said ‘Yes,’ that there was basically nothing they could do.”

Harris said she questions whether Q&A staff has the skills or the judgment to work with an at-risk population.

“He was allowed to leave and go off and smoke in a barn where another kid had killed himself,” she said. “It’s just kind of like, what were they thinking?”

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Barri Faucett, director of the suicide prevention group Prevent Suicide West Virginia, said she would work with organizations like Q&A Associates, if asked.

“I can only say that every suicide is a tragedy, and our work is to provide for education, technical assistance and consultation of best-practice recommendations to anyone serving our West Virginia citizens,” Faucett said in an email.

Q&A Associates has been a member program of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs since 2014, according to NATSP spokeswoman Megan Stokes. NATSP is a member association that provides guidelines but is voluntary and does not accredit groups.
Stokes said some states do require licensing for young-adult programs. “That’s something that would be completely dependent on the state,” she said.

Shockley said Q&A has expanded staff since 2014 and, as of January, employed two social workers, a licensed clinician, a life coach who is licensed in marriage and family counseling and two licensed professional counselors. There are no psychiatrists or psychologists on staff, she said. Clients who need to see a psychiatrist are taken to one in Winchester, Virginia, a drive of about 100 miles.

Shockley served as the director of Alldredge Academy, in Davis, a private school that billed itself as a “children’s wilderness” program, from 2003 to 2006. A 14-year-old boy in that program killed himself in 2001. The day before the boy died, he had sliced his arm from wrist to elbow with a knife that Alldredge officials then returned to him.

Shockley said Alldredge and Q&A are not similar. She clarified that Q&A is a young-adult transitional living program, not a children’s wilderness program. She said she did not work at Alldredge at the time of the suicide.

Like Q&A, Alldredge was not subject to state regulations. After the student’s 2001 suicide, DHHR officials ordered Alldredge to close, and Alldredge officials argued that the state had no jurisdiction. Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom ruled that Alldredge could stay open but had to be overseen by the DHHR. Alldredge eventually closed, at the end of 2008, with officials at the school blaming the economic recession. Q&A opened in October 2010.

The mental health conditions, such as depression, associated with suicide are treatable, and suicide is preventable. For more information, call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255(TALK).

Reach Erin Beck at erin.beck@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5163, Facebook.com/erinbeckwv or follow @erinbeckwv on Twitter.
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It is real. It is grusome. But if you visit Denmark your life could be threatened. A gang war and drive-by shootings may end your life!

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Gang Activity in Copenhagen

But the message is wrong. They are also shootings in Aarhus. It is a nationwide gang war and our entire policeforce is stationed at the borders to battle a even larger threat - the massive invasion of people who have crossed the mediterranean looking for a life on welfare benefits in Europe. They will not be able to aid you.

Please stay away while we try to fix it. There is no reason for you to put yourself and your family in danger.
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That's just fucking gross.
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The Troubled Teen Industry / Murderer worked as counselor in various youth programs
« Last post by Oscar on July 31, 2017, 05:20:13 AM »
Which youth programs?

Taken from this page:

Quote from: Bad boys bail bond
Kenny has spent the last 12 years living and working in St. George, Utah. Kenny has three daughters and has been married for 13 years. Prior to becoming the manager at Wal-Greens Kenny worked as a counselor in various youth programs. Kenny has been with Bad Boys Bail Bonds Utah since the beginning of 2011

The murder he is accused of commiting is described in this article: Kristy & Kenneth Manzanares: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (Heavy.com)
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The Troubled Teen Industry / More articles about the Diamond Ranch Academy Lawsuit
« Last post by Oscar on July 29, 2017, 03:16:16 AM »
Quote from: Salt Lake Tribune
Diamond Ranch Academy is sued after a therapist is accused of sexually abusing teen student
By TIFFANY FRANDSEN, The Salt Lake Tribune,  July 28 - 2017
An Arkansas couple on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in Utah against a Hurricane ranch for troubled teens, alleging that a therapist sexually assaulted their then-16-year-old daughter last year.

A therapist employed by Diamond Ranch Academy touched the teenager inappropriately, asked her for details about her sexual interests and told her about his sex life in April and May of 2016, according to the lawsuit filed in 5th District Court. The teenager enrolled in the academy and lived on the campus from March to October 2016, according to the suit.

Diamond Ranch declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Students are "assigned an individual therapist" to attend to their behavioral development, according to the school's website. The defendant was assigned to be her mental health counselor and therapist in April, less than two months after he received his license, the suit states. When hired, the therapist signed an agreement to not touch students.

In addition to the alleged inappropriate touching and conversation, the defendant disparaged the teen's relationship with her parents, described dreams he had about her, gave her massages and told her he had a crush on her, the lawsuit states.

Therapists at the academy are allowed to put paper over the windows in their offices for patient privacy, creating, the lawsuit alleges, "a perfect environment in which sexual grooming and sexual abuse could occur."

A different female student accused the therapist of "inappropriate physical contact" in May, and he was fired. After hearing about the abuse of her fellow student, the teenager told an academy staff member about her story of abuse, the suit says, but the employee didn't report it to law enforcement.

The lawsuit alleges that the teenager was told by a staff member to renege her story and tell law enforcement that she had lied about the abuse.

The teen remained at the school until October.

Communication with her parents was limited while the girl attended Diamond Ranch Academy, the lawsuit states. Students are allowed to talk to their family once a week, during a session supervised by a therapist. If a student has something negative to say about the academy, he or she would have to say it in the presence of a therapist, the lawsuit stated. Students can write letters and emails, but those are routed through the academy. In-person visits are awarded to students, but they are limited.

The parents request in the lawsuit that the academy post on its home page the names of anyone associated with the ranch — past or present — who is a known sexual abuser or offender. They asked for the academy to pay for two years' worth of mental health treatment for anyone sexually abused by an employee of the academy. The parents also want the academy to fund independent workshops that detail anything that allowed sexual assault at the academy, what has been done to prevent future abuse and ways to protect children from sexual predators.

The parents also have requested that a task force be formed to investigate and monitor the academy.

The Salt Lake Tribune is not releasing the name of the teenager because she is a minor. The Tribune is not naming the defendant because he has not been charged.

Quote from: The Spectrum
Sexual assault lawsuit filed against Diamond Ranch Academy
by Bree Burkitt, The Spectrum, July 28 - 2017

A former Diamond Ranch Academy student filed a lawsuit against the therapeutic boarding school alleging a therapist sexually groomed and assaulted the minor.

According to the 23-page lawsuit filed in the 5th District Court on July 25, Hannah Wilkin, who has chosen to identify herself in court documents, and her parents are suing Diamond Ranch Academy and former mental health therapist Troy Ammon Carter. The Arkansas resident is no longer attending the residential treatment center.

The lawsuit alleges the incidents occurred multiple times in April and May of 2016. The secluded treatment facility caters to “troubled teens,” according to their website. 

According to court documents, the newly-licensed therapist intern assigned to provide counseling services to the 16-year-old victim used his “position of power and authority” to prey on Wilkin. Carter allegedly told the minor details about his sex life, questioned her about her own sexual history and made inappropriate comments about her physical appearance. Additionally, the complaint also states he straddled Wilkin and unhooked her bra while providing a back massage in his office without a chiropractic license.

More: Cedar City man charged with fondling three children pleads guilty

During a police interview, Wilkin told investigators Carter would attempt to disparage her parents in attempt to gain her trust and detail inappropriate dreams he had about the minor.

The windows of his counseling office were covered with brown butcher paper, Wilkin's attorney, Craig Vernon, said.

“He used the paper to cover up the windows to literally cover up the sexual assaults while they were happening,” Vernon told The Spectrum & Daily News. “It’s very curious to me that would go unnoticed.”

Carter was terminated in May 2016 for inappropriate physical contact with another student. Wilkin came forward shortly after.

Prior to the alleged incidents, DRA required Carter to sign a document pledging he would stop all physical contact with his patients, the complaint details. He had previously been reprimanded for inappropriate contact with multiple male students.

The lawsuit claims the treatment center provided the "perfect environment" for victims to be groomed and sexually abused due to inadequate supervision and internal policies. It also alleges her complaints about Carter were not properly forwarded to law enforcement.

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“DRA had already reprimanded Carter for inappropriately touching students, but did nothing to protect these vulnerable girls, who were isolated and far away from their families,” Vernon said.

Diamond Ranch Academy did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

Vernon said two other victims have since come forward with similar allegations against Carter.

Following an investigation by the Hurricane Police Department, the Washington County Attorney’s Office ultimately declined to file any charges due to a lack of sufficient evidence. It is not known whether the three other alleged victims intend to file a criminal complaint at this time.

Wilkin opted to identify herself in the suit to show other victims they are not alone.

“I just don’t want what happened to me to happen to other kids,” she said. “We enroll at DRA to get help with the problems life throws at us, not to get molested by the counselor DRA assigns to us.”

Ultimately, Vernon said the Wilkin family are seeking the $6,000-$12,000 per month tuition in addition to compensation for the victim.

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“Money is symbolic of both Carter and the DRA accepting responsibility for what happened,” he explained.

Diamond Ranch Academy was also under scrutiny in 2015 when a teacher was arrested for possessing hundreds of images depicting child pornography on a personal cellphone and a computer at the school. Chad Huntsman and his wife, who also worked at DRA, were both terminated following the arrest. Huntsman was sentenced to 22.5 years in federal prison in February, while the charges against his wife were dismissed due to a lack of intent. 

 Follow reporter Bree Burkitt, @BreeBurkitt. Call her at 435-218-2241.
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