Abuse is rampant in this industry. I've heard of many experiences where
children have been subjected to treatment that would never be allowed in prison
to convicted criminals. Sometimes these teens are not even troubled at all,
except to have conflicts with overbearing and domineering step-parents. I know
of teens sent to these youth lock up facilities by step-parents who authorized
it through false complaints and legal actions in juvenile courts. All the
details are sealed and it is remarkably easy to do. Further, the psychological
damage of solitary confinement cannot be underestimated, especially at a young
age. It is irreversible and is tantamount to torture.
Most rational adults realize that any type of boundary setting can be perceived
as "abuse" by dysfunctional teens. The industry is highly regulated.
Notice the critics don't offer any alternative. They have no solutions of
I believe that this is an overreaction until proven otherwise.
I harbor a high level of suspicion for Anonymous. Too often they behave in a
rash way that puts people in danger or unfairly damages reputations and
livelihoods. And of course, they are never around to take responsibility for any
bad results. It's nothing but a digital lynching.
@DistantThunder:In fact, this industry is NOT highly regulated in
Utah. The Utah Legislature bowed to pressure from the companies who operate
these programs, and withdrew the sort of regulation that many other states have
in place. The youth treatment programs must comply with certain health and
safety regulations in order to obtain a license, but very little of the actual
treatment program is regulated at all. That's why there have been so many
scandals over the years in connection with these programs. Some of them are
legitimate, but others are both inept and abusive.
I think that it never hurts to pay attention to programs for youth at risk.
However, why would anyone trust a group of people who don't dare use their
own names? Anonymous statements are often the most inflammatory because those
who make them know that they will not have to face the music if they are wrong
or if there is any backlash.
Anonymous attacks on any person or institution should be discouraged and
comments taken “with a grain of salt”. Attacking in disguise leaves
those attacked no ability to clarify the situation or resolve the
misunderstanding. It is the perfect opportunity to lie or attack without
consequence. These anonymous cyber groups are the modern equivalent of the
older version of attackers who wore sheets as they burned crosses. The new cyber
groups are just as likely to foster “mob mentality” with some
joining in that have had no direct dealings with the person or institution
attacked. If there is a legitimate complaint then come forward, show your face
and verify that you were in fact associated with this program then give factual
evidence including circumstances and dates. Elaine Merrill - Hauula
Hawaii (not hiding behind a “screen name”)
Shamrock, "these programs" is a pretty general appellation for an
industry with much diversity in programming.. I hope when folks comment about a
business they do so with specific knowledge of the business. I've known the
owners of Logan River for many years and they are honorable people. I have
associated with them professionally and respect their ethics and integrity.
These are real people. Anonymous, generalized campaigns can do irreparable harm
to good people. I hope the authors of the article will investigate and present
the other side to this discussion...hoping their reputations are salvageable.
First of all, these hackers are trying to play "god", effect sabotage,
and remain anonymous. A sad commentary on them. Second, if you can't
control your teen, you are hard pressed to criticize those who must assume that
Attacks from 'anonymous' people are cowardly. Period.If you have legitimate facts, show them to the world and explain why and
how they are legitimate facts. They are either true facts or they
aren't.If you're not willing to go on public record
without a bag of anonymity over your head, be quiet.
I recently sent my daughter to Logan River Academy and have nothing but Good
things to say about the school, counselors that are unbelievably great, doctors
that help with the difficult treatment plans and may include medications. We
were going through a very difficult time in life. I investigated many schools.
I was well aware there can always be "potential abuse" and questioned
Larry Carter the founder at length about how they deal with difficult issues or
defiance. I also checked with our school district and they had used LRA in the
past for difficult situations. I picked LRA. Yes, they do have "devo"
time when there is adolescent defiance and the kids do spend "time out"
reading, thinking and not having mainstream life. The time at the school is
very structured and this is needed when kids like my daughter get out of control
and can't deal with life. My daughter will tell you "the time spent at
LRA saved her life and turned it around for the better!" Sounds like the
people casting stones here are "troubled teens" that may want to look at
everything other than their own issues.