The ads are appealing, promises and guarantees that hard loving their teens would make them more likely to be good. So many of their restrictions were flat wrong. Using mail as a carrot stick was wrong on so many levels. Subjecting them to strip searches and BCS, were and are dehumanizing. Add in lack of phones to parents and family, and there is a great quotient for abuse.
“Parents teach children discipline for two different, indeed diametrically opposed, reasons: to render the child submissive to them and to make him independent of them. Only a self-disciplined person can be obedient; and only such a person can be autonomous.”
― Thomas Szasz
Hey, timeout was no big deal. The backpacks were supposed to be 30% of their weight and the 70lbs they bore is quite a bit more. I have some links that are must reads, because they talk about deaths and extreme physical abuse. One Asian girl was thrown off a truck and died.
A movie called ‘Bootcamp’, starring Mila Kunis pretty much sums up conditions and punishments doled out, to intractible slaves (teens). Besides the Cavity Searches and beatings, make me think of Concentration Camps as to a catharsis from being out-of-control brats (which many were).
Abducting these kids with the permission of teens would be disallowed in the first place. Called ‘Escorts’, they would go to the kids and haul them off in handcuffs or being drugged, ending up in some camp far away. We treat criminals better than this. Factor in some judges being paid to send kids off to jail or boot camps, then how can that be right?
Thankfully the number of camps have been from like 18 to 3 camps and most have better safe-guards. But while they do some things, death is not among them.
Some of these kids are mentally ill and sending a kid who has real mental issues is a non-starter.