Friday, September 21, 2012

Harry Tyrone Rutledge - 2006

For reasons unknown to us 15 year old Harry Rutledge ended up at Azleway Boys' Ranch.

The ranch markets itself with:

  • A rural setting
  • An on-campus school
  • Structured homework time
  • Family style outings
  • Structured therapeutic recreation
  • Boys Scout Troop
  • Basketball goals
  • Tennis courts
  • Covered pavilion
  • Recreation Center
  • Athletic fields
  • Sunday morning worship
  • Wednesday evening chapel

It certainly sounds nice, but for the boy and one of his friends the distance and isolation from their family and friends - their entire social network became too much.

They were killed when they were hit by a train. Was it a suicide or an escape attempt going wrong?

We cannot know.

What we do know are that it was a tragedy for their family and a reminder to us to do everything possible to avoid residential care.

May they rest in peace.

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