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Abuse, Fraud at AFIC in Colorado Ignored for Decades

A CNN investigation uncovered at least 15 civil suits and dozens of complaints to state regulators against Adolescent and Family Institute of Colorado, also known as AFIC. The allegations include verbal and sexual abuse, unauthorized discontinuance of psychotropic medication and fraud. Read more

NY Times: Tough Love Schools Still Run Like Jails

NY Times finds abuse at Horizon Academy, a Utah-based tough love boarding school run like a jail and operated by World Wide Association of Specialty Program and Schools (WWASP) with ties to Cross Creek Programs, Old West Academy, Seneca Ranch, Midwest Academy, Red River Academy, Pillars of Hope in Costa Rica and other troubled teen programs. Read more

Arizona's troubled teens: At risk, and overlooked in abusive facilities

An Arizona Republic investigation finds some of Arizona's most severely troubled youth have reportedly been sexually and physically abused in residential treatment centers amid lax oversight by the state agencies that license, monitor, fund and assign children to the facilities. Read more

How Effective Are Tactics Used on TV Shows to Treat Troubled Teens?

TIME reports extreme measures used to confront "troubled teens" on TV reality shows like A&E Beyond Scared Straight and Lifetime's Teen Trouble are at best ineffective, and potentially harmful. Read more

Troubled teen teacher charged with assault after punching female student

February 2, 2012--A Pennsylvania teacher who has been charged with punching a 14-year-old female student in the face hard enough to draw blood claimed he was provoked by her throwing chalk at him, police said. Richard B. Little, 41, was charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another, harassment, and disorderly conduct, in relation to the Jan. 23 incident at Presbyterian Children's Village in Rosemont, Pa., the Daily Times reported Wednesday. Read more

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