Monday, June 21, 2021

Timmy Montoya-Kloepfel - 2020

12-year-old Timmy Montoya-Kloepfel was hit by a vehicle when he tried to escape from the Tennyson Center for Children in Denver. As his conditions worsened his mother made the painful decision to send him to a place where there were supposed to be round-the-clock supervision until he could get better. The supervision proved to insufficient and provided him the possibility to escape resulting in his death of a random driver who had no chance to avoid the terrible collision.

How the treatment center was allowed to operate and fail families remains unanswered.

May he find peace where he is now.

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Monrius Rendon - 2020

15-year-old Monrius Rendon died while trying to swin during an outing organized by the Cape Cod Adolescent Treatment Center where he was forced to live after the state decided that he could not not stay with his mother as they believed she was not doing a good job. It is clear that the state did not do a good job either because he is dead!

Maybe the policies are wrong. Maybe more should be done to support and enabled children to remain at home while the entire family is wrapped by support of counselors and advisors. Because do you put a lot of teenagers together with just the cheapest man-power to guard them, the teenagers jump to ideas popping up in the moment like going for a swin without considering the dangers of doing so. That is not a criticism targeted against the minors who happened to be there or the understaffed employeed who were assigned to the teenagers at the moment. It is a criticism to the system represented by the Arkansas Department of Human Services which in my mind now has blood on their hands.

Monrius Rendon was never given the chance to show his potential in life and his family misses him.

May he find peace where he is now

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Cornelius Frederick - 2020

16-year-old Cornelius Frederick ended up at Lakeside Academy after his mother died in her sleep at age 32.

No other family members were able to take care of him. Instead of an upbringing in a caring family, he now had a future living in an institutionalized setting. Or rather no future because a conflict with the employees ended up with him being restrained. The incident which took more than 18 minutes can be seen in a video which is floating around the internet. You will not find the video on this blog because it is only a blog about remembering Cornelius Frederick as a person. A person who might had potential to do a lot of things with his life but so tragicly was robbed of us over such a little ting as a bowl of food.

Regardless of the outcome of the investigation which was launced after the death, it cannot bring him back.

His life was lost. 16 years was all he was granted on this earth.

May he rest in peace.

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Kirsta Simons - 2019

November 14, 2019 a girl aged between 14 and 16 depending on the different accounts of what took place died at West Ridge Academy. She was sent thousand of miles away from her native country Bermuda to Utah. The culture differences are so huge that it is like taking a girl from Europe and send her to the Middle East.

In the end she could not endure living out of the country and ended her life.

A real tragedy for those left behind. May her death stop the cruel practice of exiling youth in need of treatment. No country on the earth should dump children in need of treatment to backward cultures. Then it ends possible treatment and it becomes a prison instead.

May she find peace where she is now.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Kayla Neal - 2019

15 year old Kayla Neal was tragicly killed in a traffic accident when she ran from Shodair Children’s Hospital.

Former employees question the staffing and the safety for children placed at the facility. All it took was starting the fire alarm and then the children could run freely in the community which proved not safe for the poor girl. What about neighbors if other patients not so friendly and harmless as the girl escape?

Nevertheless there now is a family out there who lost a family member.

It was tragic and we can only send our prayers to the family left behind.


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