Thursday, March 30, 2017

Shaquan Allen - 2016

Only days before he was to leave for less restricted settings, 16 year old Shaquan Allen came into a conflict with two employees at the Lake Villa campus belonging to the Allendale Association. Poorly executed conflict resolution from the staff members resulted in the death of the boy. The police is conducting an investigation. Criminal charges have been brought forward. The court system will have to make a judgment on that.

But despite the outcome of the trial the family of the deceased boy dont get their boy back. It is unknown what brought Shaquan Allen to the facility but his death was not part of the purpose of his stay. It is a tragedy for his family.

May he find peace where he is now.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jamal Odum - 2003

The then 9-year-old Newport News boy was sent to a residential treatment center in South Carolina named New Hope when the staff for some unknown reason restrained him for 7 minutes which caused his death.

The tragic event was investigated by the police and 3 staff members were charged with homicide by child abuse.

What makes his death a disaster was the fact that it was known that placing the weight on his torso would risk killing him. Yet the staff members were not fully trained to restrain the children in a somewhat less dangerous way.

Lack of training are often a result of the management focusing on profit but this quest for money puts lives of children in danger, which this tragic death so clearly illustrate. It was far from the first case involving incidents at this facility but this turned deadly for the only 9-year-old boy.

May he find peace where he is now.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Khalil Todd - 2014

12 year old Khalil Todd died as result of a traffic accident which happened just outside the group home, named The Lighthouse where he was forced to live. It is unclear why he was allowed to walk near the road wearing all black clothes which meant that it was difficult for drivers to see him when it is dark. The group home got its license suspended after the death occured.

It seems that the employees took little concern about where the boys in the so-called all Christian facility played. According to neighbors they did little to prevent this tragedy. A place out there a family now miss their boy.

May he find peace where he is now.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...