Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bryan Jones - 1995

15 year old Bryan Jones was sent to this worn down place with faulty wires. It was no surprise that he got electrocuted while doing chores there.

For his family it was a tragedy. 15 years were all he was given in this life. To soon and a very tragic outcome.

May he find peace where he is now.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ian August - 2002

The tragic death of 14-year-old Ian August showed the state of Utah exactly what was needed in light of oversight of the wilderness industry.

But despite this oversight is still needed. Teenagers continue to die in residential programs in Utah. The tragic death also showed exactly how corporate lack of responsibility works. The owners continued in the business under new names. The employees just moved on to the next program working exactly the same.

For his family his death was tragic and a loss they properly forever would be affected by. That makes it extra senseless that none never really was brought to justice for his death.

May he find peace where he is now.


Friday, July 8, 2016

Joy Evans - 1976

When you are going to be operated you are told not to eat some hours before. The reason is that you is going to lie on your back during the operation and you could vomit resulting in your death during the operation.

This vital lesson the employees forgot when they forced fed 17 year old Joy Evans on her back. She choked to death. Officially the local doctor wrote something else.

Joy Evans was sent to Forest Haven Asylum in Maryland when she was 8. There were no other options given to her parents by the local school district. They sent her with their hands tied behind their back.

Opened in 1925 the facility soon became overcrowded. It closed in 1991 because the public had learned too much. While it was opened it was a cheap place to stack mentally ill and others just labelled like that so the system could save money. Children from nearby children home was labelled mentally ill so the system could stuck them there in 1974.

None knows exactly how many who died at this facility. Many were adults but where properly were other kids who died there. If you know a name, send us some records so they can be remembered for as long as this blog exist. They deserve that someone will use the time on them - a thing the system would do when they were alive.

We can only wish that Joy Evans is at a better place now.

May she rest in peace.


Thomas B Mapes - 1994

It is not known why this 17 year old boy was sent to this facility. However due to "trauma to the neck" he didn't leave it. He died due to the actions of the guards. The state decided not to get their hands dirty anymore and let private firms run it instead. It led to chaos and sexual misconduct against some of the boys there.

Nothing was learned by his tragic death. In fact everybody wrote off responsability and settle with sending some money to his family who lost a son.

It seems unfair for the system to ignore struggling teenagers but it is like the state of Kansas seems to operate.

May he find peace where he is now.


Monday, July 4, 2016

Brad Glickman - 1990

15 year old Brad Glickman was on the run from Elan School in Maine when he was shot by a resident in a small town. He seemed to have some kind of connection to the daughter in the house of his killer and it is not clear what exactly happened shortly after midnight that many years ago.

However what is clear is that Elan School wasn't a pleasant place for any teenager to be. Nothing productive could come from such a place and it is close to a scandal that it wasn't closed back then.

Of course now where it is close the public learn what official fought very hard to keep away from the public. That the teenagers were beaten in almost bizarre therapeutic processes like the boxing ring. The use of isolation were widespread and the top management like the founder were without any education in the field they operated in.

Brad Glickman couldn't stand it and he ran. Unfortunately his life were cut short during his escape.

Elan School was created to warehouse difficult children the system couldn't find places for. Children expensive for the system and for it to exist many closed their eyes.

Brad Glickman didn't deserve his destiny.

May he find peace where he is now.

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