Rite of passage was a tough camp. It is difficult to say what the plan was with this camp. In what way was the youth supposed to make benefit of their stay? It cannot be answered because there doesn't seem to be any plan.
The staff say that he became violent and they tried to restrain him and killed him in the process following the procedures known at that time. Others simply claimed that he was depressed.
He died out there. He didn't get a chance to turn his life around.
May he rest in peace.
- Hard Work For Youths At Camp (By Rick DelVecchio and Ken Hoover, Chronicle Staff Writers, San Francisco Chronicle, February 18, 1992)
- Victims in the 1990's (Fornits Wiki)
- DEADLY RESTRAINT (By Jordan Riak, December 1999; Revised/updated April 2006)
- California Problem Kids Get Few Luxuries in Desert (By Rick DelVecchio and Ken Hoover, San Francisco Chronicle) - From COALITION AGAINST INSTITUTIONALIZED CHILD ABUSE