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April 22, 2011:

Increasingly, Internet Activism Helps Shutter Abusive 'Troubled Teen' Boot Camps (No Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 1:05 AM

For the last 40 years, teens with drug problems, learning disabilities and other behavioral issues have been sent to residential facilities to endure "tough love" techniques that are widely known to include methods of outright physical and psychological abuse.

Whether labeled as boot camps,...

December 10, 2010:

Help Needed: Tell the Senate to End Legalized Child Abuse (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 10:12 AM

From the NYRA Newsletter: Things are busy right now on Capitol Hill. Senators and Congressman are trying to wrap up a number of crucial debates before they head home to their districts for the holidays. In the coming weeks they’ll be considering everything from tax cuts, to school lunch, to the impeachment of a federal […]

December 8, 2010:

Republicans Sink Bill to Prevent Abuse in Teen Behavior Schools (No Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 8:01 PM

As Congress fights this week over taxes, the deficit commission and finally ending "don't ask, don't tell" another issue involving the health and safety of tens of thousands of American teens has flown under the radar. Last year, with broad bipartisan support, the US House of Representatives passed HR 911, the Stop Child Abuse in […]

September 11, 2010:

Child's Ordeal Shows Risks of Psychosis Drugs for Young (2 Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 5:17 AM

At 18 months, Kyle Warren started taking a daily antipsychotic drug on the orders of a pediatrician trying to quell the boy’s severe temper tantrums. Thus began a troubled toddler’s journey from one doctor to another, from one diagnosis to another, involving even more drugs. Autism, bipolar disorder, hyperactivity, insomnia, oppositional defiant disorder. The boy’s […]

August 8, 2010:

Help HR 911, Help Stop Abusive Behavior Modification Programs! (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 12:20 AM

Support H.R. 911 H.R. 911 is a bill that is meant to stop and prohibit teen behavior modification camps from abusing and neglecting children and teens. As you know, teens and children are abused daily going without food, water and essentials. Some are beaten and sexually assaulted in these camps. In order to prevent all […]

August 5, 2010:

ADHD and School: The Problem of Assessing Normalcy in an Abnormal Environment (1 Comment)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 9:44 PM

by Peter Gray (originally published here) According to the most authoritative recent data, approximately 8% of children in the United States, aged 4 to 17, have been diagnosed as having ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).[1] The same reports note that the disorder is about three times as frequent in boys as it is in girls, […]

January 14, 2010:

Teen Brains, Medical Consent & Behavior Modification (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 9:50 PM

In early November, NYRA’s project, the Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youth were invited to speak at the North Carolina conference of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). IECA is a trade organization representing educational consultants, many of whom refer parents (and their teens) to abusive behavior modification programs. These referrals constitute a […]

November 21, 2009:

Boarding school for troubled teens files for closure (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 8:05 PM

The school’s history is a twisted one, involving atypical therapy methods and company mergers, good intentions and success stories, but also cases of what some, including the state, call abuse. The story behind the academy’s closure. An era ended when Mount Bachelor Academy closed Nov. 3, following allegations of child abuse by the state Department […]

November 17, 2009:

State finds child abuse and neglect at school (5 Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 10:03 PM

The state of Oregon has shut down a boarding school for troubled teens in Central Oregon after allegedly finding a pattern of child abuse and neglect of its students, forcing parents around the country to scramble to bring home their children. "Our first priority is to ensure the safety of the students at Mt. Bachelor […]

October 30, 2009:

Pa. Supreme Court Throws Out Thousands of Juvenile Delinquency Cases (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 10:07 PM

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled late Thursday that almost all juvenile delinquency cases heard by an indicted former judge must be thrown out. The ruling means cases heard by former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella from Jan. 1, 2003 to May 31, 2008 are in question for fairness and impartiality. Ciavarella faces criminal charges that […]

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