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Feed Your Head / Japanese reform school - deaths
« Last post by Oscar on December 12, 2017, 10:03:19 AM »
Another question mark over Totsuka school's education method
(Japan Today, october 28 - 2009)

According to a local resident, it was 9 o’clock in the morning when Totsuka Yacht School students were looking out the window at the girl who lay dead on the pavement in a pool of blood.

During the evening of the wake held for the 18-year-old who had committed suicide, sad ocarina tunes were heard from the dormitory as though to mourn the loss of her life.

Police investigators explain that the young woman from Yokohama had just been admitted to the school located in Aichi Prefecture. Repeated self-injury such as wrist cutting, domestic violence and acute social withdrawal made her parents desperate for help and enrolled her in the school. It was only three days later, on the morning of Oct 19, that the girl, while hanging washed laundry with a school superviser, leapt from the rooftop of the building. The attending supervisor had let her out of sight briefly to straighten one of the bed sheets when the incident occurred.

The school stated that there were no signs of suicidal tendencies, and the student had jumped before the superviser could take any action.

Totsuka Yacht School, known for the death of four students in 1983, became notorious for its excessively strict education program and corporal punishment. The 1983 case resulted in the 6-year sentencing of school representative Hiroshi Totsuka, now 69, for illegal confinement and injury resulting in death.

Aichi police initially looked into the school’s "educational policies" as a possible cause of the latest death, but seem to have concluded that the incident was a suicide in view of the fact that the deceased, who was taking mood stabilizers, had said to her roommate that she wanted to die.

The school was founded in 1976 to teach yachting, but became a boot camp for problematic children at a time when school violence was rampant. School founder Totsuka’s educational philosophy was to teach such youngsters the concept of shame and modify their behavior in a disciplined environment where students were required to live in a dormitory and train in the skills of yachting.

Trends had changed by the time Totsuka completed his prison sentence in 2006. Accordingly, the school began taking in students with problems such as social withdrawal and refusal to attend school. What remains questionable is whether Totsuka’s disciplinary approach meets the current needs.

Shukan Post asked to interview Totsuka at the dormitory on how he felt about his student’s suicide. From a window on the third floor, the headmaster only shouted, “What do you know about education? Can you define it? Can you? Go away!”

Journalist Ken Ko, who had reviewed and reported extensively on the school, comments that many parents are incapable of reprimanding their children. Raised without any notion on the difference between right and wrong, these children have no understanding of what is considered shameful. In that sense, Totsuka’s philosophy may be effective to some extent.

He adds, however, “In the case of children with issues like self-injury and withdrawal, who have never been subjected to being shamed in public, an adverse reaction can be expected.”

While parents continue to consult this school about their problematic children, the death of the 18-year-old only 3 days after her enrollment seems too tragic.
Hyde Schools / Hyde School sells its Woodstock campus
« Last post by Oscar on December 11, 2017, 02:17:11 AM »
The blog-entry was made November 2017

630. Bromley Brook School

Is the buildings which housed the closed Casa by the Sea haunted. A new blog hope to find out:

Haunted places

What do you think? A lot of the former students have committed suicide after the left Casa by the Sea, executed by the authorities or died due to substance abuse caused by them self-medicating the PTSD they got due to their stay at Casa by the Sea, but none as far as I know has died there. Is it then still possible that there are ghosts there?
You can now at the former Spring Creek Lodge Academy
Daytop Village / Re: RIP, Inculcated
« Last post by Paul St. John on December 03, 2017, 03:51:04 AM »
disturbing and upsetting..
We should consider that a victory and applaud

It sticks around, because people still got
things to say, and that's great.

But it's not the grand central station it
once was..

reason being,, it fulfilled it's purpose.

We concretised out own views and changed the
views of the country.

... and vented and had a lot of fun along the way.

It may never be documented,  but history was made,
right here,  in this webpage called ,
" Fornits".

one of the best quotes I ever heard
was , " The goal of an honest organization
is to put itself out of business"
Quote from: Des Moines Register, by Lee Rood, November 22, 2017
Former Midwest Academy students win suit alleging widespread sex abuse

A Lee County judge has awarded a default judgment to several former students and their parents against Midwest Academy, the Keokuk boarding school raided in January 2016 amid allegations of sexual abuse.

The former students alleged widespread abuse and mistreatment at the expensive former facility for troubled teens, including beatings, sex between students and staff, sex among students, forced silence and ignored pleas for medical attention.

Midwest’s owner, Ben Trane, faces a Dec. 12 trial in Lee County District Court on charges of felony sexual abuse, sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist, and child endangerment.

He did not hire a lawyer to defend Midwest Academy in the civil case.

"Midwest was not a 'school.' It was not accredited by the State of Iowa. Instead, it was a for-profit facility which, as the pending criminal charges against its owner describes, endangered children, exploited them sexually and subjected them to abuse," said David Ferleger, the Pennsylvania civil rights lawyer who represented the former students.

The Nov. 15 decision also granted motions for default judgments against Midwest Academy Treatment and Midwest Academy Scholarship Fund, two limited liability partnerships Trane established.

A hearing to establish damages will be held after Trane’s criminal trial. He has been jailed since September in the criminal case.

“We are confident that never again will Midwest Academy take such awful advantage of children," Ferleger said.

The FBI, the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and other agencies raided the school of about 100 teens Jan. 28, 2016.

The school routinely kept teens in isolation in 6-foot-by-8-foot rooms for weeks, requiring them to sit for hours on end in specific postures with little food.

The lawsuit also accused Trane of ordering girls to undress in front of two mirrors and to come out and tell him their body type.

Ferleger claimed parents were manipulated by fraud and deception to place their children in the unlicensed, unaccredited facility.

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.
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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