It was January 1992 when 13 year old Geoffrey Alan Vorhies realized that he had no options left in the environment he had been left in. No therapy to help him with his problems. There was only one way left in his mind: To end it all.
Little would it be known that his death would be the first of 3 cases so far where teenagers had hanged themselves in custody of this detention center of death.
So much potential was lost. A life spanning only 13 years is hardly a life at all.
A boy in his situation should have gotten help - not punishment. Sadly enough we are now standing here 20 years later and very little have changed.
It is not good enough. Nothing was learned from his death and a lesson in proper handling of boys in his situation should be the least we owe him.
May he rest in peace.