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Dundee Ranch still in the news
« on: May 31, 2003, 07:55:00 PM » ... m#students
Students transfer from Costa Rica to LaVerkin
Cross Creek Programs in LaVerkin, Utah, have received one or two transfer students from the Dundee Ranch Academy, the youth behavioral management school that was closed down after the Costa Rican authorities raided the campus last week and jailed its owner for 27 hours.

It's unknown how many more students will transfer to Cross Creek, said Ken Kay, president of the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools (WWASPS), a trade organization that oversees 11 independently owned youth behavioral management schools in Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica and the United States.

Peter Brennan, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, said Dundee's owner, Narvin Lichfield, was arrested on what Costa Rican authorities considered human rights violations. Lichfield was released last week, but a judge has ordered him to stay for six months awaiting possible criminal charges.

No charges have been filed against Lichfield or WWASPS, Kay said in an interview Wednesday evening. He also had said Costa Rican prosecutor Fernando Vargas single-handedly caused the riot. Vargas has been removed from the case for unknown reasons, the Associated Press reported.

Some angry parents, however, have written to newspapers about the tough punishment of children, saying treatments were especially harsh on those who tried to run away.

Kay said children who tried to run away would be expelled. He said he was not aware of any children who tried to run away or who were expelled.

Some parents questioned the transfer of former Dundee staff member Kenny Wilson to another school. But Kay said Wilson left Costa Rica not because the company tried to cover up any assault or rape. He denied Wilson's involvement in any assault or rape.
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