Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Roberto Reyes - 2004

How many times can you as an employee in charge of a minor decide that the minor is faking an illness and be right before the terrible one time when you are wrong and the result is that a teenager who had not outlived his potential lost his life?

Can you afford to take making just one mistake when a life is at stake?

The staff in charge of Roberto Reyes at Thayer Learning Center decided to take that risk. A calculated risk in their mind but a risk that proved to be too big and the result is that Mr. Reyes lost his life as result of a spider bite which could have been treated in a couple of hours at any hospital.

For the family of Mr. Hayes it was a terrible loss, but for the teenagers entering residential treatment only one thing matter: Will the staff believe them when they fall ill under their stay?

References:
Victims - 2004 (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora Wiki)
Spiritual center takes over boarding school, By Scott Canon, The Kansas City Star, October 18, 2009
Boot camp sued in Santa Rosa teen's death - Suit says Missouri center failed to give prompt, competent medical care, also abused youth, By Paul Payne & Carol Benfell, The Press Democrat, February 7, 2005

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