Tag: Boot camps

Religious exemption allows some children’s homes to shield abuse verging on torture

Alan Weierman According to an investigative report by the Tampa Bay Times, religious exemptions allow unlicensed religious homes in Florida to abuse children and go on operating for years.

State authorities have responded to at least 165 allegations of abuse and neglect in the past decade, but homes have remained open even after the state found evidence of sex abuse and physical injury.

The Cult That Spawned the Tough-Love Teen Industry

The idea that punishment can be therapeutic is not unique to the Rotenberg Center. In fact, this notion is widespread among the hundreds of “emotional growth boarding schools,” wilderness camps, and “tough love” antidrug programs that make up the billion-dollar teen residential treatment industry. No fewer than 50 programs (though not the Rotenberg Center) can trace their treatment philosophy, directly or indirectly, to an antidrug cult called Synanon.

Pathologist: Teen Didn’t Die From Illness

TAMPA, Fla. — A pathologist who observed the second autopsy of a 14-year-old boy who was punched and kicked by guards at a juvenile boot camp said Tuesday the boy may not have died of a blood disorder as a medical examiner had ruled. Dr. Michael Baden, who observed the new autopsy on behalf of the teen’s family, said it was clear Martin Lee Anderson did not die from sickle cell trait, or from any other natural causes. Anderson was sent to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office boot camp on Jan. 5 for a probation violation. A surveillance video showed

Family Alleges Cover-Up in Boot Camp Death

TAMPA, Fla. — A forensic pathologist who observed a second autopsy on a teen who died at a juvenile boot camp said the results seem to indicate his death was caused by a beating by guards, not by a blood condition. The body of Martin Lee Anderson, 14, was exhumed in Panama City last week. The new autopsy was ordered after his parents questioned the findings of Bay County’s medical examiner, who concluded the boy died from complications of sickle cell trait. Dr. Michael Baden, who observed the autopsy on behalf of Anderson’s parents, told Fox News on Monday he

Martin Lee Anderson: Body removed for 2nd autopsy

PANAMA CITY – The body of 14-year-old who died after he was beaten at a boot camp for juvenile offenders was exhumed and sent to Tampa on Friday for a second autopsy. Martin Lee Anderson died Jan. 6, one day after he entered the Bay County Boot Camp. A surveillance video show a half-dozen guards punching and kneeing him. The Bay County Medical Examiner blamed the boy’s death on a blood disorder, sickle cell trait, not the beating. Family members, state civil rights advocates and some doctors disputed the autopsy findings. At the request of the Bay County state attorney,