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Runaways from SUWS
« on: May 10, 2013, 01:16:35 AM »
Two boys -Blake Merchant and Michael Priestly - ran away from program early may 2013. It was not the first escape known to the public in this program which have already claimed the lives of two boys. Two girls ran away in 2010 and were later found.

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McDowell authorities search for two runaways, McDowell News, May 9, 2013
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Re: Runaways from SUWS
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2013, 05:20:40 AM »
They have been located. Hopefully they will not be sent back to a wilderness program, which have lost boys in their care.

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UPDATE: McDowell authorities say runaway teens found in Black Mountain (Hickory Record)
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Re: Runaways from SUWS
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2013, 07:27:15 AM »
Quote from: "Oscar"
They have been located. Hopefully they will not be sent back to a wilderness program, which have lost boys in their care.

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UPDATE: McDowell authorities say runaway teens found in Black Mountain (Hickory Record)

I am glad they were found safe.  They probably will not be accepted back into SUWS wilderness program (nor most Aspen programs) after they have run away, the parents will forfeit their money.  A more restrictive program where the kids are more closely watched will probably be recommended.   A part of the wilderness program in the Carolinas is to assess whether or not a child would be a good fit for one of the Aspen programs and part of that is demonstrating that the child is non violent and will not run away.



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Re: Runaways from SUWS
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2013, 08:31:00 AM »
Indeed.  The child will be denied the loving kindness the likes of which other Aspen programs such as MBAcould provide, and instead will handed off to some lockup where go knows what will be done to gain compliance.  Then again, programs have been known to make exceptions to their admissions rules.  I wouldn't be surprised if a "soft-core" program would do this were the runaway otherwise non-violent.  It's happened before.  Some programs make a habit of it.  But that's beside the point.  It's a good thing this runaway is away from the wilderness program, but I'm afraid it's out of the frying pan and into the fire.
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Re: Runaways from SUWS
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2013, 08:01:50 PM »
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Indeed.  The child will be denied the loving kindness the likes of which other Aspen programs such as MBAcould provide, and instead will handed off to some lockup where go knows what will be done to gain compliance.  Then again, programs have been known to make exceptions to their admissions rules.  I wouldn't be surprised if a "soft-core" program would do this were the runaway otherwise non-violent.  It's happened before.  Some programs make a habit of it.  But that's beside the point.  It's a good thing this runaway is away from the wilderness program, but I'm afraid it's out of the frying pan and into the fire.

If there are a lot of empty beds then they may consider taking a child who is a flight risk, but many of the better programs do not like the risk.  It puts a strain on the relationship with the local town police and their resources if they have kids running off.  The local towns people have to pay for the search and rescue efforts plus the programs want to have kids who will complete the program and be successful.



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