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Feed Your Head / Boy, 9, Suspended for Saying Teacher was 'Cute'
« on: December 04, 2011, 03:49:10 PM »

Mother says son was suspended for calling teacher ‘cute’

Posted: 5:35 pm EST December 2, 2011Updated: 6:06 pm EST December 2, 2011
GASTONIA, N.C. -- A Gastonia mother says her son was suspended for calling a teacher "cute.”

Chiquita Lockett said her 9-year-old son, Emanyea, spent the last two days at home.

Lockett said the principal of Brookside Elementary called her Wednesday to say the incident was a form of “sexual harassment.”

Emanyea told Eyewitness News a substitute teacher overheard him tell another student a teacher was cute.

Then he was suspended.

"It's not like he went up to the woman and tried to grab her or touch her in a sexual way," Lockett said. "So why would he be suspended for two days?”

A district spokeswoman said she could not go into detail, but said Emanyea was suspended for "inappropriate behavior" after making "inappropriate statements."

The district's Code of Conduct doesn't list "inappropriate behavior," but says "disruption of school" is punishable by five days of out-of-school suspension.

Copyright 2011 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feed Your Head / Boy, 7, Accused of Sexual Harassment
« on: December 02, 2011, 05:31:56 PM » ... ool-fight/

Crime & Courts - US
Boy, 7, Accused of Sexual Harassment After School Fight

Published December 02, 2011


Read more: ... z1fQ3MhygU

A Boston first-grader is being investigated for possible sexual harassment for punching another boy in the groin following a school bus fight, according to a report from

Tasha Lynch, the mother of the boy, says her son was acting in self-defense after the victim allegedly choked him on a school bus and stole his gloves.

Lynch says her 7-year-old son was merely trying to protect himself, reports.

A spokesman for the Boston school system confirmed that an investigation was indeed underway, but would not discuss details of the incident, including why it had been classified as a sexual assault.

Lynch says her son is only being investigated because he punched the other boy in the groin. She argues that the other boy should be charged with attempted murder for choking her son.

Read more: ... z1fQ3Tfadg

Feed Your Head / Burp in School and Go to Jail
« on: December 02, 2011, 05:14:50 PM »
More public school craziness. No wonder homeschooling is continuing to grow so fast. ... it-claims/

December 1, 2011 1:55 PM

Student arrested for burping, lawsuit claims

December 1, 2011 1:55 PM


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A 13-year-old was handcuffed and hauled off to a juvenile detention for burping in class, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed against an Albuquerque public school principal, a teacher and a city police officer.

The suit was filed Wednesday, the same day the district was also sued by the family of a 7-year-old autistic boy who was handcuffed to a chair.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the unnamed seventh grader was arrested last May 11 at Cleveland Middle School after he "burped audibly" in his P.E. class. "Criminalizing of the burping of a thirteen-year-old boy serves no governmental purpose," the lawsuit said. "Burping is not a serious disruption, a threat of danger was never an issue."

The lawsuit alleges the boy was transported to the juvenile center without his parents being notified. It also says he was denied his due process rights because he was suspended for the rest of that school year without "providing him an explanation of the evidence the school claimed to have against him." He was not allowed to call witnesses or defend himself against the burping allegation.

The boy was never charged. He scored a - 2 on a scale of 1 to 10 according to a risk assessment given by the jail staff, 10 being extremely dangerous.

It also details a separate incident this school year when administrators became suspicious because the boy had $200 in his pocket. He claimed it was because he was going to go shopping after school, but administrators accused him of selling pot to another student. The boy asked to call his mother; instead, they forced the student to strip down to his underwear while five adults watched.

He was not charged with any crime related to that incident either.

A spokeswoman for Albuquerque Public Schools said she had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment.

Feed Your Head / School Strip Search for Cell Phone
« on: December 01, 2011, 04:34:19 PM » ... rip-search

Ex-student claims emotional damage from strip search

 By Jeff Hampton
The Virginian-Pilot
© December 1, 2011


A lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday claims that a former Oscar Smith Middle School assistant principal caused emotional damage to a student when he authorized a strip search to find a cellphone.

Alonzo Price has filed suit in Norfolk federal court seeking $350,000 in damages from Samuel Kambar Khoshaba, who was an assistant principal at Oscar Smith in 2005. In the lawsuit, Price claims Khoshaba and a security guard took him to a room in the Chesapeake school on Feb. 22, 2005, and made him remove his clothes in an effort to find a cellphone. Khoshaba is now an assistant principal at Western Branch High School.

The search violated the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that protects citizens from unlawful search and seizure, the lawsuit says.

"Alonzo Price did become sick, sore, lame and disabled: he has suffered great physical pain, severe mental anguish, embarrassment, humiliation, psychological damage and extreme emotional distress...," according to the lawsuit.

The school security guard also is named in the suit. However, attorney Andrew Sacks said the name currently listed on the suit might be in error and that he plans to amend it and correct the name.

Khoshaba denies all the charges in an answer to the lawsuit.

Jeff Hampton (252)338-0159

Feed Your Head / New Passport and Free Ticket Home
« on: November 30, 2011, 02:39:04 AM »
There are still a few abusive behavior modification facilities operating overseas. Any teen who finds himself transported out of the country should know that if he can escape and get to the US embassy he might get a free ride home regardless of his parents wishes. ... _1009.html

Behavior Modification Facilities: Some overseas treatment centers known as Behavior Modification Facilities operate in Samoa. Though these facilities may be operated and staffed by U.S. citizens, the Samoan government is solely responsible for their compliance with local safety, health, sanitation, and educational laws and regulations, including all licensing requirements of the staff in country. These standards, if any, may not be strictly enforced or meet the standards of similar facilities in the United States. As a parent, you should be aware that U.S. citizens and non-citizen nationals 16 years of age and older have a right to apply for a U.S. passport and to request repatriation assistance from the U.S. government, both without parental consent. Any U.S. citizen or U.S. national has the right to contact a representative from the U.S. embassy. Parents may also contact the U.S. Embassy in Apia or the Office of American Citizens Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, at 1 888 407 4747 (toll free) or 1 202 501 4444 (overseas).

Feed Your Head / reddit - Failed Escort Attempt
« on: November 30, 2011, 01:43:45 AM »
A person commenting on this story: ... at_a_utah/ tells of the time when his parents had paid escorts to take him from his home. The attempt failed.

His comments are posted below and can be found here: ... rvices_is/ his screen name is nazihatinchimp.

nazihatinchimp 32 points33 points34 points 6 months ago
They sign over their parental rights to the escort service. My mom, who is crazy, thought I had a cocaine problem (I didn't) in high school. She convinced my dad, who lived states away, of this and people came to drag me out in the middle of the night. They asked if I wanted to do this the easy way or the hard way and I chose the later. Blah Blah Blah the police were called and what the escort service didn't know that as a 17 year old living is South Carolina I was legally an adult and they broke the law. Worst. Practice. Ever.

TL;DR They get around the legal issues by temporarily signing over their parental rights.

nazihatinchimp 22 points23 points24 points 6 months ago
I didn't enough. Everyone convinced me not to press charges and I didn't. They dragged me through the house. My parents were supposed to be gone but they dragged me into a room and they were sitting there. They let them do it and I flipped out. It was terrible. Always press charges people. I'll do an AMA if there is interest.

nazihatinchimp 3 points4 points5 points 6 months ago*
I'll do one tomorrow and I'll make sure it gets posted there. Edit: I would do it now but I want to give it the proper time.

nazihatinchimp 29 points30 points31 points 6 months ago
Whatever, the place the people tried to drag/fly me too was in Utah and could very well be the same place. The people are chill as long as you are ok with getting your rights stomped on. Other wise they are condescending, mean, threatening and feel like they are better than you. Fuck those people and I am tempted to tell you to go fuck yourself too for being a part of that. No human being deserves to be whisked away in the middle of the night from their home or their bedroom. The event changed my life for the worse and I regret not sending the people who tried to drag me away to jail to this day.

No one deserves to be treated that way unless they are an outright violent menace.

If he ever did an AMA I couldn't find it.

Feed Your Head / Jesuit School Sex Abuse
« on: November 28, 2011, 12:06:58 AM » ... d=obinsite

Originally published November 22, 2011 at 8:11 PM | Page modified November 23, 2011 at 7:30 AM

8 sue DSHS for alleged abuse at Jesuit school

Eight people who spent a portion of their childhoods living in a Jesuit school in Omak as wards of the state filed suit against the state Department of Social and Health Services on Tuesday for placing them under the care of people they say abused them.

By Jennifer Sullivan

Seattle Times staff reporter

Eight people who spent a portion of their childhoods living in a Jesuit school in Omak as wards of the state filed suit against the state Department of Social and Health Services on Tuesday for placing them under the care of people they say abused them.

In March, the Jesuits in the Northwest agreed to pay $166.1 million to about 500 victims who were abused for decades. Most victims of the abuse, which occurred in remote Alaskan villages and boarding schools on Northwest tribal lands, were Native American, and their abusers Jesuit priests or people supervised by the priests.

Yakima attorney Blaine Tamaki, who represented dozens of victims in the Jesuit settlement, is now representing eight alleged victims from St. Mary's Mission and Boarding School in Omak.

Three of the alleged victims at St. Mary's boarding school told their stories during a news conference in Seattle on Tuesday.

Dwayne Paul, 53, of Omak, said that he kept memories of the assaults bottled up inside until recently. The sexual abuse he said he experienced started almost immediately after he arrived at the school, according to Paul and the civil complaint for damages filed in the case.

"The physical abuse started from the time I was in first grade and got worse from then on," said Paul, who was at the school until eighth grade.

The multimillion-dollar settlement reached by the Jesuits earlier this year was part of a bankruptcy agreement. Of the 500 victims, about 470 suffered sexual abuse. About two dozen others were physically abused. Insurance companies were asked to pay $118 million of the settlement, with the Jesuits paying $48.1 million.

The settlement was one of the largest monetary payouts nationwide in the Roman Catholic Church's sexual-abuse crisis.

Tamaki said victims of the massive settlement did not receive much money because it was split among so many people. He said he hopes victims can get the money they deserve by suing the Department of Social and Health Service (DSHS).

The eight alleged victims filing suit against DSHS are Native American and lived at the school in the 1950s through the 1970s. Most of the eight say they were abused by the Rev. John Morse. Tamaki said Morse can be linked to nearly 100 instances of abuse.

Morse has denied the allegations.

Theresa Bessette, 53, of Omak, said the sexual abuse caused her devastating emotional problems — for a long time she couldn't trust men, couldn't trust anyone caring for her and was tremendously overprotective of her own children.

"Father Morse was supposed to be my protector. He allowed me to be hurt and not to be safe," Bessette said.

Morse now lives in a private retirement facility financed by the Jesuits in Spokane and is under 24-hour supervision, Tamaki said. Morse has never been charged criminally because of statute-of-limitation requirements.

Paul said he tried, as a young child, to tell authorities about what was going on at St. Mary's and get help. But, he said, the state social worker he met with didn't ask him to elaborate about the "bad things" he was talking about.

"She said everything is going to be all right. She told me that I shouldn't be making up stories," Paul said, adding, "Who was going to believe a little kid?"

Officials at DSHS declined to comment Tuesday.

Information from Seattle Times archives and The Associated Press is included in this report.

Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or ... d=obinsite

Feed Your Head / Youth w/out a Home - Laws - All 50 States
« on: November 25, 2011, 04:01:35 PM » ... 0Home1.pdf

The National Law Center On Homelessness and Poverty and the National Network for Youth has put together a 124 page report detailing the laws of all 50 states and territories as they relate to homeless/runaway youth. The report also makes recommendations for reforming the various laws that inhibit/criminalize homeless/runaway youth.

The report is copyrighted 2003 so some things may have changed since then.

It's too long to post in its entirety, but below are some highlights.

Alone Without a Home

A State-by-State
Review of
Laws Affecting
Unaccompanied Youth

Definitions of Terms Pertinent to Unaccompanied Youth ......................................................................................................3
Analysis of State and Territorial Statutory Provisions ..........................................................................................................3
Summary of State and Territorial Statutory Provisions........................................................................................................5
Youth in Need of Supervision ...........................................................................................................................................17
Analysis of State and Territorial Statutory Provisions ........................................................................................................17
Summary of State and Territorial Statutory Provisions ......................................................................................................21
Status Offenses ...............................................................................................................................................................35
Analysis of State and Territorial Statutory Provisions ........................................................................................................35
Summary of State and Territorial Statutory Provisions ......................................................................................................40
Emancipation ...................................................................................................................................................................63
Analysis of State and Territorial Statutory Provisions......................................................................................................63
Summary of State and Territorial Statutory Provisions....................................................................................................65
Rights of Youth to Enter into Contracts ..............................................................................................................................73
Analysis of State and Territorial Statutory Provisions ........................................................................................................73
Summary of State and Territorial Statutory Provisions ......................................................................................................76
Health Care Access for Unaccompanied Youth ....................................................................................................................83
Issue Overview .........................................................................................................................................................83
Rights of Unaccompanied Youth to Public Education ..........................................................................................................85
Issue Overview .........................................................................................................................................................85
Harboring Unaccompanied Youth .....................................................................................................................................87
Analysis of State and Territorial Statutory Provisions ........................................................................................................87
Summary of State and Territorial Statutory Provisions ......................................................................................................89
Services and Shelters for Unaccompanied Youth ................................................................................................................95
Analysis of State and Territorial Statutory Provisions ........................................................................................................95
Summary of State and Territorial Statutory Provisions ......................................................................................................98

The legal rights and responsibilities of unaccompanied
young people vary among states and territories and often
depend upon the specific right a youth wishes to exercise.
Despite the reality that they are living apart from parents or
guardians, youth who are legally minors lack the legal status
to live independently. Unaccompanied youth and their advocates
constantly struggle with legal questions regarding access
to shelter, public education and medical and mental health
care; legal rights to rent property and enter into contracts;
and, issues of juvenile justice, parental rights, and availability
of emancipation. Many of these legal questions find their
answers in state statutes and regulations.

Fast Facts
? 10 jurisdictions include a definition of the term “youth.”
? 46 jurisdictions establish age 18 as the age for no longer
being considered a child.
? 3 jurisdictions establish the age of childhood as under
age 17.
? 1 jurisdiction establishes the age of childhood as under
age 16.
? 6 jurisdictions establish the age of childhood/youth as
18 and older.
? 17 jurisdictions explicitly define the term “runaway.”
? 14 jurisdictions explicitly define the terms “homeless
child,” “homeless youth” or “homeless student.”

In the overwhelming majority of jurisdictions (46), persons
are considered children, minors, juveniles or youth if they are
under age 18. Three jurisdictions (Georgia, New Hampshire,
Texas) establish the age of childhood as under age 17. One
jurisdiction (Connecticut) establishes the age of childhood as
under age 16. On the opposite end, six jurisdictions surpass
the age 17 limitation. Connecticut defines “youth” to be from
ages 16 to 18. Alabama defines a minor as under age 19.
Oregon and the District of Columbia establish age 21 as their
cut-off for childhood, as does Missouri for persons in
Department of Family Services custody only (under age 18 for
other youth). Michigan’s statute includes in its youth employment
section a definition of youth that spans between ages 14
and 23.


Minor: Any person under 19 years of age [Infants and
Incompetents Title]. Code of Ala. §26-1-1 (2001).

Child: Any person under 16 years of age [Department of
Children and Families Chapter]. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 17a-1
Youth: Any person 16 to 18 years of age [Department of
Children and Families Chapter]. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 17a-1

Child: Any person under 17 years of age [Juvenile
Proceedings]. O.C.G.A § 15-11-2 (2001).

Juvenile: Any person under 18 years of age [Juvenile Code].
R.R.S. Neb. § 43-245 (2001).
Minor: Any person under 19 years of age [Infants and
Juveniles Title]. R.R.S. Neb. § 43-2101 (2001).

New Hampshire
Child: Any person under 18 years of age [Public Safety and
Welfare Title]. RSA 169-C:3 (2001).
Minor: Any person under 17 years of age [Public Safety and
Welfare Title]. RSA 169-B:2 (2001).

Child: Any person under 21 years of age [Child Welfare
Services Chapter]. ORS § 418.001 (2001).
Juvenile: Any person under 21 years of age [Child Welfare
Services Chapter]. ORS § 418.001 (2001).
Youth: Any person under 18 years of age [Juvenile Code
Chapter]. ORS § 419A.004 (2001).

District of Columbia
Child: Any person under 18 years of age [Family Division
Proceedings Chapter]. D.C. Code § 16-2301 (2001).
Minor: Any person under 21 years of age [Family Division
Proceedings Chapter]. D.C. Code § 16-2301 (2001).

Fast Facts
? 47 jurisdictions explicitly allow police to take runaway
youth into custody.
? 10 jurisdictions classify running away from home as a
status offense.
? 1 jurisdiction classifies runaway youth as delinquent.
? 6 jurisdictions explicitly allow runaway youth to be
detained in secure facilities.
? 1 jurisdiction does not address runaway youth in its
? 6 jurisdictions classify truancy as a status offense.
? 3 jurisdictions classify truants as delinquent.
? 30 jurisdictions authorize curfews.
? 11 jurisdictions specifically authorize curfews for youth
as old as 17 years.

Ten jurisdictions classify runaway youth as status offenders:
Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas,
Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming and Guam. The Northern
Mariana Islands places youth who have run away from home
in the same category with delinquents. Six jurisdictions explicitly
permit runaway youth to be held in secure detention facilities:
Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, South Carolina and
Northern Mariana Islands. Additional jurisdictions may allow
this practice. Delaware does not address runaway youth.
Almost all jurisdictions permit law enforcement officials to
take runaway youth into custody without a court order and
without the youth’s permission.


Although many curfew laws contain exceptions for certain
activities, such as employment, education, religious
activities or errands directed by a parent, these laws restrict
the mobility of young people and criminalize normal, and
often necessary, behavior. Youth who are on their own and
are forced to be on the street after curfew because it is their
only living option may find themselves in contact with the
juvenile justice system because of a curfew law. This outcome
is harmful, unfair and unnecessary. Unaccompanied youth
must concentrate on daily survival activities, including
employment, school and finding shelter and food. To burden
them further with curfew laws and the consequent threat of
juvenile court involvement is inappropriate.


Fast Facts
? 30 jurisdictions have established processes for emancipation.
? In 9 of the jurisdictions, parental consent is required for
emancipation, but such consent can be waived in 4 of
those 9.
? 20 jurisdictions establish 16 as the minimum age to petition
for emancipation: 1 jurisdiction establishes 14 years
old as the minimum age to petition for emancipation, 1
jurisdiction establishes 15 years old as the minimum age.
? 21 jurisdictions recognize emancipation in limited circumstances,
but do not set forth a statutory process for
becoming emancipated.

Thirty jurisdictions provide a process by which young people
can become legally emancipated by a court. The most
common minimum age to petition for emancipation is 16
years old, with 20 jurisdictions establishing that limit: Alaska,
Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Michigan,
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia,
Washington, West Virginia and Virgin Islands. California permits
youth as young as 14 years old to petition for emancipation,
Louisiana has set 15 years old as its minimum age. Five
jurisdictions do not specify any minimum age: Indiana, Kansas,
Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Common requirements for emancipation include attaining
a minimum age, living apart from parents, managing oneself
and being able to support oneself financially.
Some jurisdictions permit youth to become emancipated
without a court proceeding if they and their parents agree.
For example, in Puerto Rico, a parent and youth can agree to
emancipation and complete the process by signing a notarized
declaration. In Louisiana, a youth age 15 or over and
his or her parents can complete emancipation by signing a
notarized declaration in front of two witnesses.


Generally, when a minor (a person under a certain age as
established by a jurisdiction) enters into a contract, the contract
is not legally binding. In other words, the law protects the
young person by permitting him or her to break the contract
without consequences. While this protection is sometimes beneficial
to young people, it may also make merchants, companies
and other parties unwilling to enter into a contract with a
youth. Therefore, the law may prevent young people from
being able to obtain certain goods, property and services
they need or desire.
Some unaccompanied youth are financially able to rent
apartments, buy cars, or enter into other contracts. Many such
contracts will be for shelter, transportation or other items that
are necessary for the youth to live independently. While they
remain legally minors, unaccompanied youth who live independently
may be unable to enter into these contracts.

Fast Facts
? 13 jurisdictions do not give minors any contract rights in
their statutes.
? 26 jurisdictions give minors only limited rights to obtain
– 17 jurisdictions permit minors to enter into binding
contracts for certain purposes.
– 16 of these jurisdictions have statutes that permit
minors to enter into binding contracts for “necessities”
or “necessaries.”
– 1 of these jurisdictions has a statute that expressly
provides a wide variety of binding contracts allowable
for a minor.
– 3 of these jurisdictions have statutes that permit
minors to enter into binding contracts for educational
– 4 of these jurisdictions have statutes that specifically
permit minors to enter into binding contracts for real
– 1 of these jurisdictions has a statute that permits
minors to enter into binding contracts for business

Thirteen jurisdictions do not give minors any statutory contract
rights: Alabama, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New
Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Wisconsin, American Samoa, Northern Mariana
Islands and Puerto Rico.
Twenty-six jurisdictions have statutes giving a minor only the
limited right to contract for insurance over life, property, health,
body, the lives of others, and/or other insurable interests.
Only seventeen jurisdictions have passed statutes that
permit minors to enter into binding contracts for other purposes.
Sixteen of those seventeen jurisdictions permit minors
to enter into binding contracts for “necessities” or “necessaries:”
Arkansas, California, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas,
Louisiana, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma,
Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Guam. In
addition, Missouri law specifies a number of binding contracts
allowable for minors, which would include most categories
considered to be necessities.
Arkansas, Missouri and Montana have statutes allowing
minors to form binding contracts for educational loans. The
statutes of Arkansas, Maine, Missouri and Oregon also bind
minors to contracts for real property. Louisiana law permits
minors to enter into binding contracts for business purposes.


Fast Facts
? 16 jurisdictions make it a crime to harbor a runaway.
? At least 1 jurisdiction makes it a crime to harbor any child.
? At least 20 jurisdictions make it a crime to contribute to
the delinquency or dependency of a minor.
? At least 8 jurisdictions make it a crime to interfere with
custodial rights.
? At least 4 jurisdictions make it a crime to conceal a minor. ... 0Home1.pdf

Public Sector Gulags / 5-Year-Old Handcuffed, Charged
« on: November 24, 2011, 02:31:07 PM »

5-Year-Old Handcuffed, Charged With Battery On Officer
Boy Cuffed With Zip Ties On Hands, Feet
Dave Manoucheri/KCRA

POSTED: 2:59 pm PST November 23, 2011
UPDATED: 7:39 am PST November 24, 2011

Read more: ... z1eeVl0zi7

STOCKTON, Calif. (KCRA) -- Earlier this year, a Stockton student was handcuffed with zip ties on his hands and feet, forced to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was charged with battery on a police officer. That student was 5 years old.

Michael Davis is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. His mother says it has led to fights at school. But when the school district said it had a plan to change Michael's behavior, his mother says things went wrong.

"Michael is energetic," Thelma Gray said. "He is one big ball of energy."

Gray calls Michael a comedian. She says his biggest problem is his ADHD stops him from thinking before he acts or speaks.

"He's very loving," Gray said. "He's a good kid and he's not the discipline problem that he was made out to be."

Those discipline problems include fights with other students, even throwing a chair.

Gray says the school, Rio Calaveras Elementary of Stockton, wanted to change that behavior by having Michael meet with a school police officer.

"He could come out and talk to Michael and the kids are normally scared straight," said Gray, describing how she says the school district proposed the meeting.

But the meeting didn't go as planned.

Gray says Michael was agitated when the officer entered the room, and the whole meeting ended with Michael arrested and cuffed, with zip ties on his hands and his feet.

"I was led to believe that Michael saw a police officer and attacked a police officer on sight," said Gray, adding that that's not what happened.

She knows because she ultimately obtained a copy of the police report.

In it, the officer, Lt. Frank Gordo, says he placed his hand on Michael's and, "the boy pushed my hand away in a batting motion, pushed papers off the table, and kicked me in the right knee."

When Michael wouldn't calm down, Gordo cuffed Michael's hands and feet with zip ties and took the boy to the Stockton Kaiser Psychiatric Hospital in the back of a squad car.

He had not called Michael's mother or father at that point.

Michael was cited for battery on a police officer.

"I didn't know until two or three weeks later that my son was zip tied," Gray said.

Her ex-husband had picked Michael up from the hospital. When he arrived, Michael's wrists were still zip tied behind his back.

KCRA 3 asked Rio Calaveras Elementary, the Stockton Unified School District and the Stockton Unified School District Police on multiple occasions to comment on what happened during Michael's meeting with the officer.

Both the police chief and the school district said they could not comment.

The district said it could not comment because of privacy laws regarding students and because the San Joaquin County Grand Jury and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights were investigating.

"I have been around young children that when they can't express themselves and don't feel they're being heard. They really need to make a loud statement in some way and it's often a very physical statement."
- UC Davis Professor of Education Shannon Cannon

Also, neither the district nor the Stockton School Police would comment on what procedures were in place to handle children with behavioral problems.

"Some of that's really abstract," said UC Davis Professor of Education Shannon Cannon, speaking on how young children react. "We need to try to make it a little bit more concrete," she said, adding that young children are often more physical than vocal.

When KCRA 3 interviewed Cannon, her students were learning about dealing with problem behavior in the classroom. Cannon says she has seen children as young as 7 years old act out physically and they can get violent, even dangerous to others around them -- but adds that it is important to have a behavioral plan in place as soon as the child is diagnosed.

She says children as young as 5 years old may not be able to tell an adult what is bothering them.

"I have been around young children that, when they can't express themselves, and don't feel they're being heard," says Cannon, adding that "they really need to make a loud statement in some way and it's often a very physical statement."

KCRA 3 obtained a copy of the U.S. Department of Education's report on Michael's arrest.

The report states that the Stockton Unified School District "delayed an evaluation of the student {Michael} which denied the student a fair and public education."

They added that the school didn't offer behavioral services to Michael or his mother, because "it would cost the district money."

The report goes on to say that, whether or not funds are available through state or federal grants, the school district had an obligation to have Michael evaluated, which it failed to do.

As for Michael's mother, Gray said she doesn't want an apology from the district, she simply wants the school district to help her get Michael the education he's entitled.

"I've been asking," Gray said. "I've been begging for any assistance for Michael to get placed appropriately and this is what they chose to do."

A juvenile court judge eventually dismissed the battery charges against Michael.

Copyright 2011 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Feed Your Head / Two Decades of Peace, Love, and Marijuana
« on: November 23, 2011, 01:24:21 PM » ... e-love-and

Two Decades of Peace, Love, and Marijuana
Every August since 1991, Seattle Hempfest has shown what the world will be like when pot is legal.

Nick Gillespie & Matt Welch from the December 2011 issue

It's a good article. Here are a few excerpts:

It takes a while to figure out what’s so different about the crowd of 100,000-plus people basking in the rare Seattle sunshine at Hempfest 2011, which took place August 19 to 21. It’s not the smell of pot everywhere, or the vendors selling bongs and pipes and high-carb munchies, or the familiar leaf imagery slapped on everything from lighters to bandanas to T-shirts, or the uncoordinated hippies playing hacky sack. If you remember the ’70s, or ever went to a Grateful Dead concert, or have visited Amsterdam, you’ve been there, grokked that.

But then two things come into focus at the twin Myrtle Edwards and Centennial parks, bound by the indescribable Puget Sound on one side and grim railroad tracks on the other. The first is that no one is arguing, despite the dense crowds, slow-paced walking, scantily clad young folks, and loud bands. It turns out that a massive gathering where open pot use is tolerated (even celebrated) but booze is banned doesn’t have to be filled with fights and scream fests; this isn’t Dodger Stadium, or Saturday night in Collegetown, USA. The only attendees having a rough time are those who failed to heed Hempfest Executive Director Vivian McPeak’s frequent fatherly warnings from the main stage to be respectful while speakers are talking and to always be hydrating. Sunstroke and necking are the only overindulgences on regular display. Whether it’s the early morning or the late afternoon, the vibe is more mellow than anything Olivia Newton-John sang.

The second unusual sight is one that should give medical-marijuana skeptics pause: scores of people with visible physical handicaps integrated seamlessly, without special comment, into a subculture that has recognized their pain and need for relief as being worthy of individual dignity and choice. There are more wheelchairs, crutches, and missing limbs than at Lourdes or Fatima. You would certainly never see this many cripples at Lollapalooza, an annual musical event whose attendees pride themselves on their tolerance, or at the National Mall on Independence Day. The medicine that has salved these people’s conditions has also provided them with a tolerant community in which they are in every sense equals.

No Booze, No Narcs

This is Seattle Hempfest, the largest annual pro-pot event on the planet. Since its inauguration in 1991, tens of thousands of people from all over the country and the world have been coming each August to hang out, listen to speakers (including both of us this year), catch a few bands, and scope out acres of booths hawking everything from black-light posters to cannabis-themed sex aids to the Libertarian Party. By an all-too-rare yet inspired treaty, the organizers of Hempfest keep the place clean of garbage, booze, and obvious drug sales while the Seattle police and (one presumes) narcs of all stripes turn a blind eye to the open use of pot by one and all. If Seattle Hempfest is a vision of what the world will look like when dope is legal, that world will be peaceful and polite.

...Since the federal government banned the plant in the 1930s, marijuana prohibition has been one of the country’s deadliest and most senseless government policies. The war on drugs is essentially a war on pot, the only illegal drug that more than 1 percent of the population uses on a regular basis. Even its adversaries will grant that pot doesn’t make its users violent or dangerous, although its illegal status brings on all the horrors of a black market. As we move oh-so-slowly yet inexorably toward legalization—the last three presidents of the United States are real winners who did drugs; support for selling and taxing the stuff like beer and wine has never been higher—this event (along with dozens of smaller versions all around the country) deserves special thanks for helping to make that liberation possible.

...California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Now medical marijuana is legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia (residents overwhelmingly approved the D.C. measure in 1998, but Congress blocked its implementation until this year). Reformers are beginning a push for full legalization. Last year a California ballot initiative that would have legalized and regulated pot in a manner similar to alcohol pulled 46.5 percent of the vote. At Hempfest, away from the music stages, art-bong booths, and ubiquitous marijuana prescription peddlers, there was much serious talk in the “Hemposium” tent about Washington state’s Initiative 502. This proposition, endorsed by PBS travel show host and Hempfest regular Rick Steves, probably will be on the November 2012 ballot. The state’s Democratic Party backs the initiative, and polling in September showed voters evenly split on legalization, 46 percent for and 46 percent against (the rest are undecided).

...By and large, the politics of Hempfest speakers was much less nuts, although not much more inspired. The common perception was that when it comes to pot and drugs more generally, Republicans are pure evil and Democrats are reformers. At times, there seemed to be a general ignorance of just who is currently serving as the top law enforcement official in the country, as when one speaker warned that if you thought George W. Bush was bad, “just wait till you get a load of President Rick Perry.” Strangely, the speaker ignored Barack Obama, whose administration has overseen more-frequent raids on medical marijuana dispensaries than Bush’s.

...But at its core, Hempfest is not about enacting policy reform or even changing the political process. Rather, its meaning and power are as a proof of concept. Here is what an America filled with open rather than closeted pot smokers might look like: a peaceful commons in which people get along despite disagreeing on all sorts of topics, a world in which folks look out for each other even as they have a good time. Hempfest and related festivals are stirring reminders that millions of Americans smoke pot and manage just fine. Judging from the government’s own survey data (which are based on self-reports and therefore probably understate the prevalence of drug use), more than half of adult Americans born after World War II have tried pot. The government estimates about 23 million people use it monthly, willing to live illegally rather than obey unjust laws. By becoming increasingly visible and outspoken, marijuana activists have pushed repeal much further than the most baked reformer would have thought possible in 1991. And they’ve done so largely by avoiding politicians and the two-party system, taking their message directly to voters. Along the way, they have provided a blueprint for any bloc of citizens who understand, at some deep and personal level, that the two major parties in this country are worse than useless when it comes to many essential questions of freedom.

Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch are co-authors of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America (Public Affairs).

Public Sector Gulags / 13 yo Teen in 3 Adult Jails - Acquitted
« on: November 23, 2011, 02:11:53 AM »
Arrested at 13, Owen, spent 27 months in three different adult jails before being acquitted of first-degree murder. ... rd-lessons

In 3 adult jails, teen awaiting trial learns hard lessons
Submitted by SHNS on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 15:15

    * By ISAAC WOLF, Scripps Howard News Service
    * national

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. - On his 14th birthday, Owen Welty got an unexpected gift: a half-pint carton of milk and chocolate sheet cake for 40 -- enough to share with all his fellow inmates and the guards at a Missouri jail.

Already confined eight months while awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges, Owen savored his drink and his cake. On the inside, mundane items become luxuries, metal and glass containers can be weaponized, and jailhouse noise can keep sleep at bay, leaving plenty of time for contemplation.

"I'd sit down and just start thinking," recalls Owen, now 18.

Back then, he fixated on being charged in the death of his 64-year-old neighbor, and the possibility of 30 years in prison. Cravings for Big Macs and clean clothes. Fears about fighting off older inmates who targeted him for attacks. Boredom from being kept in isolation for weeks at a time. Costly legal efforts that burdened his family.

Owen was a baby-faced 13-year-old when he entered Missouri's justice system in November 2006, spending all but one of the next 27 months moving among three adult jails. He was finally tried, acquitted and released in February 2009. Now a high school student with long, thick sideburns, he's been out of jail slightly longer than he was in.

It's taking time to recover from the experience, Owen says while sitting at the kitchen table one sweltering August evening and in subsequent interviews. He cites daily flashbacks and a tendency to look over his shoulder in the school cafeteria. The setting reminds him of other institutions.

In jail, inmates "would mess with me because of how young I was," says Owen, who has since grown to roughly 6 feet tall and more than 200 pounds. They would "knock the crap out of me. It was like a little game to them. But I finally got to where I guess you could say I fight good."

The jails' administrators confirm that Owen mingled at least occasionally with adult inmates, though they dispute the fighting and maintain the boy was kept safe.

That he was incarcerated for so long didn't make the sheriffs' jobs easier.

It's difficult to put Owen's case in context among those of other juveniles held in adult jails while awaiting trial -- 7,500 at any given time, the U.S. Justice Department says. No national data track the amount of time they spend in jail, the conditions they experience or their case outcomes.

Rural jails, like two in which Owen was held, may not have the same level of resources found in those in more populous areas, said Ned Loughran, executive director of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators. Its members come from all 50 states.

Why was Owen placed in adult jails instead of in an age-appropriate youth facility? Retracing Owen's saga -- through dozens of interviews and an extensive review of court materials, police reports, jail records and a review of applicable laws -- reveals the simple answer: because federal and Missouri law allow it.

The Troubled Teen Industry / Alternative to Behavior Mod Lockup
« on: November 21, 2011, 05:22:46 AM » ... le2241141/

Have a troubled teen? Why you need treatment, too
wency leung
Globe and Mail Blog
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 11:10AM EST

It takes a village to raise a child -- and to keep that child out of trouble.

Psychological sciences professor Charles Borduin of the University of Missouri developed a form of treatment for juvenile offenders more than 20 years ago that involved having therapists work with the children's entire families and communities, instead of traditional, individual counseling.

In a new study, he has quantified the long-term benefits of his approach, called Multisystemic Therapy (MST).

His latest research follows up on an original study he conducted from 1983 to 1986, which examined 176 juvenile offenders, some of whom were treated with MST and others given individual therapy.

Twenty-two years after they were treated, he found 4.3 per cent of those given MST had been arrested for violent felonies, compared with 15.5 percent who had received individual therapy.

Of the MST group, 34.8 percent had committed a felony of any kind, compared with 54.8 percent of those who had individual treatment. And those who had individual treatment were involved in family-related civil suits more than two times more often.

"This research shows that Multisystemic Therapy has long-lasting effects," Prof. Borduin said in a press release. "Nearly 22 years after the treatment, juvenile offenders treated with MST still see positive effects. This treatment has protected many potential victims, and I hope this research helps to encourage further use of the method."

In the earlier study, Prof. Borduin had found treating an offender with MST could save taxpayers and crime victims between around $75,000 to nearly $200,000 in 14 years. According to the press release, he intends to examine the savings over a 22-year period.

Should families of troubled youngsters be required to work with therapists too?

News Items / Weighted Vests for Children
« on: November 17, 2011, 12:43:47 PM »
Got a kid who won't sit still or pay attention? Strap him down in a weighted vest.

I've never heard of such a thing, but a quick Google search for 'weighted vests for children' brought up 524,000 search results.

Here's a typical link to a company that markets the vests:

Here's a quote from the site:
Children who are easily distracted, hyperactive and lacking in concentration respond positively to the additional weight a vest provides.

Open Free for All / New Book from Program Grad.
« on: November 12, 2011, 05:59:01 PM »
Chad Hepler's escalating drug problem began at age 14. Five days before his 18th birthday his parents had him transported to Wilderness Treatment Center in Marion, Montana.

He's now 25, a recent college grad with a degree in psychology who wants to be an addiction counselor. He wrote a book about his treatment experience that starts with being woke up at 4am and seeing a 6'6"  transporter/kidnapper in his bedroom.

Go to the amazon link and click on the cover photo for a "Look Inside". The first 12 pages are an account of the transport procedure from being woke up, a half-hearted escape attempt, and subsequent tackle and handcuffs to the ride to the Atlanta Airport. It's an good read for anyone interested in the transport procedure. ... d_i=507846

Below is a newspaper story: ... 03286.html

Book relives drug treatment in Marion
Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 2:00 am

Book relives drug treatment in Marion By CANDACE CHASE/The Daily Inter Lake Daily Inter Lake | 13 comments

Just five days before his 18th birthday, Chad Hepler had a rude awakening from the comfort of his bed in his parent’s house in Georgia.

“It was 4 a.m. and I was still hazy from drinking,” Hepler recalled in a telephone interview.

A 6-foot, 6-inch, 300-pound man and a strapping woman stood by his bed. They informed him that they were escorting him to a substance abuse treatment center and he had no choice in the matter.

“They said, ‘You can come the nice way or the hard way,’” Hepler said.

His book, “Intervention: Anything But My Own Skin,” opens with this scenario. In his fog, Hepler had no idea that he was headed for the Wilderness Treatment Center in Marion for the two transforming months that inspired this book.

“I learned so much about myself,” he said.

Hepler wrote it to share his life lessons with those in recovery as well as to give hope to parents who, like his own, had tapped every local resource trying to get their son off drugs and alcohol but had no success. He said parents who read the book feel a lot of relief.

“They find out, No. 1, that they’re not alone,” Hepler said. “No. 2, they shouldn’t be ashamed to be dealing with drug addiction and things can turn out OK.”

As the child of an upper-middle-class, caring, two-parent family, Hepler had all the advantages, including attending a private school. But money didn’t diminish the lure of alcohol and drugs for a socially awkward adolescent with low self-esteem.

Now a sober college graduate, author, speaker and addiction counselor, Hepler looks back to his Wilderness Treatment Center experience as a crucial milepost at the beginning of his journey to recovery. At 17, he had no motivation to seek treatment.

“I would never have gone on my own,” he said.

Hepler’s downward spiral started subtly in an environment that his parents never suspected was dangerous.

“I was 14 when I started experimenting with alcohol and marijuana,” he said. “It was the summer before the ninth grade with neighbors and friends. It gave me a feeling of comfort and peace.”

After this initiation, Hepler used drugs and alcohol on and off. When he turned 16 and started to drive, he got away from his parents’ scrutiny and gained increased access.

“I used cocaine and ecstasy — I tried meth once,” he said. “I tried hallucinogens, LSD and mushrooms. I was going to school high.”

A few days before his 17th birthday, Hepler got pulled over by the police, who found him with five bags of marijuana. He had become a dealer to support his habits.

“They took me to the police station just two days before my birthday,” he said. “If I had been 17, I would have been in the main jail in Atlanta.”

His parents got him a lawyer, and he received just community service and was required to submit to random drug screenings. Hepler said the judge could see that his parents were committed to helping him stop, yet he found a way to keep using.

After he turned 17, Hepler began to suffer from depression and received antidepressants but didn’t stop using illegal drugs. It pushed his behavior over the edge.

“I was off-roading on people’s lawns,” he said.

His parents tried all the tools to cut him off drugs. They tested him at home and had him sign forms saying they would sell his car if he was caught using illegal drugs.

Hepler spoke with counselors and psychiatrists and former addicts. He went to meetings with people in recovery.

“Nothing took that desire away from me, to make me stop using,” he said.

 To please his parents, Hepler, now a senior in high school, met with the son of a friend who had gone through the Wilderness Treatment Center in Marion. Hepler had no idea he was talking to an investigator.

After the meeting, he told Hepler’s parents that their son would never get sober without intervention. But the time for action was slipping away as he was nearly 18, the cutoff for forcing him into treatment.

“Five days before my 18th birthday, they made a snap decision to hire the escort service,” he said. “Their job was to get me to the treatment center. That’s where my book starts.”

When the hulking man and large woman encountered him on that memorable morning, Hepler pretended to cooperate, getting up and getting dressed. As they walked him outside holding on to his arms, he bolted, but didn’t get far.

“I got tackled and handcuffed,” he said.

As they drove away, his escorts told him that, if he ran at the airport, he would fall under federal jurisdiction and he wouldn’t like the outcome. Hepler accepted his fate and flew to Montana for two months instead of finishing his last semester of high school.

Located on a 4,000-acre working cattle ranch near Marion, the Wilderness Treatment Center serves adolescent and young adult men ages 14 to 24. It was established in 1983 by John and Nancy Brekke.

Ben Dorrington, director of referral relations, said the Wilderness Treatment Center combines two models of treatment.

“We really are the only program that combines inpatient and wilderness therapy,” he said. “It’s been successful for 27 years. It’s changed a lot of lives.”

Hepler counts his as one. At the time, he was anything but receptive to the helping hand that jerked him out of his destructive lifestyle in Georgia and dropped him in the remote center in Montana.

He vividly recalls the four-and-a-half days of therapy with his family that began two weeks after he arrived.

“I had a lot of resentment when I first got there,” he said. “By the time they got there, I had simmered down and the drugs had left my body. We all just broke down and started bawling.”

Hepler said the therapy included becoming totally honest. He had to tell his parents what he had done, including the parts he didn’t think his parents knew about — like the car he had wrecked.

To his shock, he found out that they had figured out most of his darkest secrets on their own.

“For me to tell them was nerve-wracking,” he said. “It was really refreshing to get it all off my chest.”

After 30 days of inpatient therapy, Hepler began the 16-day wilderness survival portion of his therapy. For a Southern boy, the outdoor excursion in the middle of a Montana winter presented a daunting challenge.

“Coming from Georgia, I had never cross-country skied,” he said. “We went three to five miles a day. We lived in a snow hut and spent time completely by ourselves.”

According to Dorrington, Hepler’s book accurately portrays the program at the Wilderness Treatment Center. Depending on the time of year, the trip is 16 to 18 days long.

“After a month, the guys start to be motivated to change but they haven’t been tested,” Dorrington said. “The wilderness induces a naturally stressful environment. It brings out the best and worst in clients, and we counsel them accordingly.”

Dorrington said they return for more inpatient treatment, where they bring all the parts together. He said their successes in overcoming obstacles plays a crucial role in their rehabilitation.

“We really believe that if you increase a young man’s self-worth, he’ll feel empowered to make changes.”

Hepler went from the center to a halfway house, where he completed his core studies to earn his high school diploma. From there he returned home, and then went directly to college where he had an  addiction setback, but overcame it and set a goal of earning his degree and publishing “Intervention.”

He said he came to the center with low self-esteem and anxiety with “that desperate feeling of wanting to be anything but me.”

He left with a new closeness to his family and himself.

“I worked on who I was as a person,” he said. “I learned so much about myself.”

Dorrington was so impressed with the vividly detailed account that he recommends Hepler’s book to prospective patients and their parents. He said he and others at Wilderness Treatment Center learned from the book as well.

“It really helped our staff to understand better what these guys go through,” he said.

That’s music to Hepler’s ears. Through his book and career, he transformed the devastation of his addiction into a positive.

“I’ve been able to touch people’s lives,” he said. “That brings me a high that drugs and alcohol can’t.”

People interested in purchasing “Intervention: Anything But My Own Skin” can order the paperback from any bookstore or through or in digital format via Amazon Kindle.

Reporter Candace Chase may be reached at 758-4436 or by e-mail at

Facility Question and Answers / Anneewakee - The Lost Boys of Georgia
« on: November 09, 2011, 12:53:32 AM »
I grew up only a couple miles from this place and the brother of a good friend of mine was confined there. From all I could tell there was nothing particularly wrong with him other than he was rebelling against his strict Mormon parents. This was an early wilderness type program similar to Eckerd I believe. They built shelters out in the woods and roughed it, but there was no trekking. My understanding is that the boys accepted there didn't have real psychiatric problems. They were there more because their parents couldn't control them. When the sex scandal broke the local paper ran a picture taken at the facility by one of the adults. It showed a group of 10 to 15 naked boys lying side by side in a line during some kind of ceremony. Their genitals were blurred out in the photo. It was very cultish and creepy.


Poetter OK'd illicit sex, 1970 witness said
BYLINE: By David Corvette Staff Writer
DATE: 10-09-1986
PUBLICATION: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
SECTION: Newspapers_&_Newswires
PAGE: A/01

Anneewakee founder Louis J. Poetter encouraged sexual relations between staff members and the patients because he believed it was good for the boys, according to a witness in a state hearing 16 years ago.

The testimony was contained in an 800-page transcript of a September 1970 hearing into charges of sexual misconduct at the Douglasville psychiatric facility by a three-member panel of the state Department of Family and Children Services. The transcript was released Wednesday by the state Department of Human Resources.

Among the charges aired during the hearing were allegations by patients and staff members that Poetter engaged in frequent homosexual relations with boys who were patients at the residential facility.

No formal charges were lodged against Poetter as a result of the departmental hearing. But, under an agreement with the state, he was removed as administrator, a job that had placed him in daily contact with the boys, and named executive director.

Poetter, 67, was charged last week with five counts of sexual and physical abuse of former student-patients at Anneewakee. He remained in the Douglas County Jail late Wednesday after waiving a bond hearing earlier in the day.

Poetter testified during the 1970 hearing and called the charges of homosexuality a "damn lie." He said the patients accusing him were the guilty ones.

"I deal with psychotic people," Poetter testified. "I deal with women and girls in my offices, as well as boys, and they do nearly anything when they're working through their problems to try to seduce you into whatever they're doing."

Two students who testified during the hearing first accused Poetter of taking advantage of them sexually but later recanted.

One of the students, who left Anneewakee at the age of 20 in 1966, testified he was hypnotized by Poetter because "this would make it easy for me to relate and what I needed was a homosexual experience with him."

The witness, whose name was blacked out of the transcript along with those of other alleged victims, said he had sex with Poetter once a week for about three years.

When the hearing resumed a few days later, however, he recanted his earlier accusation, saying Poetter had never tried to hypnotize him and "has never done anything against my will."

Psychologists and other staff who worked with Poetter at Anneewakee testified that Poetter encouraged sex between staff members and the boys, as well as participating himself.

Roger Rinn, a counselor and psychology trainee at Anneewakee in the late 1960s, testified Poetter told him that homosexuality was good for the boys, "in particular, homosexuality with staff members, because it got a good relationship with an adult going." When Rinn disagreed with Poetter, "he smiled," Rinn testified.

Poetter said he would hate to forbid sexual relations between staff members and the boys because "it feels so good," Rinn testified.

Roger Rozelle, who was a staff leader at Anneewakee in 1967, testified that Poetter once "tried to kiss me, but I turned my head." Rozelle said Poetter subscribed to a theory that boys "had to have a homosexual experience in order to work through their homosexual fear."

Rozelle said he became involved as a witness in a $1 million civil suit Rinn filed against Poetter and Anneewakee because he was upset by Poetter's treatment of the emotionally disturbed patients there. The suit never came to trial and now is on the dead docket in Douglas County Superior Court.

"They were being entrusted to the care of someone who was entrusted to take care of them. And I felt that there were things that were illegal, immoral and irresponsible going on there," Rozelle testified.

An Anneewakee student identified only as "Buddy" testified that Poetter lured him into a sexual liaison at Poetter's house by promising to set him up with a date with a girl there. Buddy, who was 19 at the time of the hearing, said Poetter fondled him in the shower at Poetter's house.

"So while I was in there taking a shower . . . I was kind of played around with," he testified.

However, Buddy later changed his testimony saying, "I stretched the truth to a great extent there." Buddy told the hearing panel his charges against Poetter were false and said he had been pressured by Rinn to make the accusations.

Other witnesses at the hearing testified that they saw no evidence of improper sexual activity involving Poetter or other members of the staff.

James L. Webb, currently Fulton County solicitor and an assistant solicitor at the time, testified he made an unofficial investigation into the validity of the sex charges and found "absolutely none, or else I am a poor investigator." Webb also said he had been an Anneewakee trustee for several years.

Dr. Juan A. Mascourt, a staff psychiatrist, testified that he "worked closely" with Poetter for six years and that he never had seen anything to indicate any abnormal sexual behavior or other misconduct on his part.

Claude Abercrombie, who was Douglas County sheriff at the time, testified that he had talked to several boys at Anneewakee and "none have ever reported any sexual activityto me or any of my staff that I know of."

John J. Perpall Jr., an Atlanta dentist who said he had known Poetter since 1941, testified Poetter's character was "above reproach," and added that he would have no qualms about sending his own son to Anneewakee.

Fulton County Solicitor, James "Jimmy" L. Webb, a long-time trustee on the board of Anneewake testified as to the validity of the sex charges that he found "abolutely none, or else I am a poor investigator."

Jimmy Webb was instrumental in indicting Wayne Williams as the murderer of Atlanta's Missing & Murdered Children

Robert D'Agostino, Dean of John Marshall School of Law, was a counseler at Anneewakee, who sued Poetter, and tried to expose abuse at Anneewakee in 1969, but Poetter was too rich and powerful to convict.

Chronology of Anneewakee events, 1962-89
DATE: 03-20-1990
PUBLICATION: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
SECTION: Newspapers_&_Newswires
PAGE: A/12

- 1962: Louis J. Poetter founds Anneewakee as an adolescent psychiatric care institution specializing in wilderness therapy.

-1970: Poetter is removed as administrator of the facility following a state Department of Human Resources (DHR) investigation of alleged sexual misconduct with male patients. The investigation is not made public, and Poetter remains executive director.

-July 1, 1986: Poetter resigns as Anneewakee board chairman, remains executive director.

-Mid-August 1986: Douglas County Sheriff's Department and GBI begin examining allegations of patient abuse.

-Oct. 1, 1986: Poetter charged by Douglas Sheriff Earl Lee with three counts of sodomy, one count of cruelty to children and one count of simple battery. At the time, Poetter is believed to be in Mexico City. Carl Maxwell Moore, Poetter's chauffeur, is charged with sodomy.

-Oct. 5, 1986: Poetter surrenders to authorities.

-Oct. 6, 1986: DHR begins its Anneewakee investigation.

-Oct. 9, 1986: Six victims of alleged physical and sexual abuse file suit charging facility officials, including Poetter and Moore, with racketeering to defraud and abuse patients.

-Oct. 14, 1986: Douglas deputies arrest James C. Womack, co-director of therapeutic services, and charge him with "numerous counts of sodomy."

-Oct. 17, 1986: Daniel T. Herrera, an Anneewakee employee, charged with cruelty to children. Second group of alleged victims sues.

-Oct. 30, 1986: Poetter charged with stealing $29,500 in Anneewakee funds to buy land for personal use in Mexico.

-Nov. 3, 1986: Robert Lee Winebarger, former group leader, charged with sodomizing young male patient between January 1978 and January 1980.

-Nov. 7, 1986: Nine young women, ages 19 to 24, sue Anneewakee, charging the hospital with racketeering and conspiracy to abuse them sexually and physically, and defraud them financially. Poetter released after five weeks in the Douglas County Jail when friends and supporters raise his $1 million bond.

-Nov. 21, 1986: Twenty-two former Anneewakee patients sue the hospital, naming Poetter, board chairman Jim Parham and other current and former trustees as defendants. This is the fourth suit against the facility and the first to name Parham as a defendant.

-Jan. 25, 1987: Subsidiary of Hospital Corp. of America - HCA Psychiatric Co. -agrees to take over the day-to-day operations of the three Anneewakee facilities. Arrangement prevents the state Department of Human Resources from revoking the facility's license.

-Feb. 27, 1987: Poetter indicted in Douglas County on 22 more sodomy counts dating from 1971.

-March 6, 1987: Poetter, his wife, Mable, and his son-in-law, James Henry Evans, charged with failure to report child abuse. By now, there are 10 criminal defendants in the case.

-March 8, 1987: HCA Psychiatric Co. signs five-year agreement to manage the camps. That same week, the parents of a former patient sue in federal court in Atlanta over dispute in therapy time. Fifth civil action.

-April 8, 1988: Poetter pleads guilty to 19 counts of sodomy with former patients, sentenced to eight years in prison, 12 years probation.

-Oct. 10, 1989: First of six civil trials begins in Fulton County. To date, there are eight lawsuits, 131 plaintiffs and 31 defendants.

-Dec. 19, 1989: After 10-week trial, Fulton Superior Court jury awards $5.2 million to three young women made to work as construction laborers.

Copyright © 2000 The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution

-May 24, 1999:  Poetter Seeks to Overturn Sodomy Conviction in Anneewakee Attacks.  Fulton County Daily Report


I found Anneewakee mentioned in passing twice on Fornits. The nurse in the Anderson Boot Camp death was a former employee of Anneewakee's Florida camp.



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