Ladoga Academy wants to meet neighbors

Ladoga Academy wants to meet neighbors

There are 143 comments on the The Journal Review story from Oct 13, 2007, titled Ladoga Academy wants to meet neighbors. In it, The Journal Review reports that:

“Based on what I've heard, I think people's perception of us would be that we are a correctional facility”

It was a lesson emphasized in "To Kill A Mockingbird." Don't fear neighbors if you haven't met them. via The Journal Review

Join the discussion below, or Read more at The Journal Review.

doug eppard

Indianapolis, IN

#42 Dec 30, 2010
i was there too gosh years ago when it was icch i hated it when i got there but after 2 years there i cried so hard when i left its a shame thet closed the place down it was a great place when i lived there i was in the eden house the first one on the left when u went in next to the playground
Candice City -- Harris

Hollywood, FL

#43 Dec 31, 2010
Julie Harmon. I have to say that i am exceptionally good at finding people, and you haven't been easy.
I had hoped to do a better job at staying in touch. However i've been traveling for many years now and was a bit distracted.
I hope you are doing well & are in good health.
I have to believe that all of your devoted work & patience was not in vain. Those girls needed you.
[email protected]
Julie K Harmon wrote:
As today is the last day of operation for Ladoga Academy I want to say thanks and I am sorry. Thanks to all the staff who worked so hard in the vein of doing what they thoguht was right. I am sorry for any young lady who wasn't treated with the respect and dignity she deserves. I loved my time at Ladoga and truly loved the young women we served. I hope everyone can move forward and be the best they can be. Ms. Harmon, Director 2001-2008.
Brit Jones

Danville, IN

#44 Jan 7, 2011
I was there the whole time I was pregnant and yes that place was awful and yes the staff did cuss all in our faces. Every bad thing that you heard about it is true. I'm living proof.
alonda barker

Dayton, OH

#45 Jan 18, 2011
i was sent to ladoga academy in febuary 07- september 07 my time there was wild there where good times there where bad times but mostly good times ladoga didn't help me with any of my problems it is really a bad place staff was hving sex with kids bringing them in drugs beating on them and it suprised me that no one ever paid enough attention to do anything there where great staff there the one i can really say that did his job properly n cared about the kids there was mr. brown there are others but i jus can't remember most of there names but he was the main one living at ladoga made me very sad n depressed i think i got worse as a person after i left there but i can't really say anything about da place cause i put it behind me
alonda barker

Dayton, OH

#46 Jan 18, 2011
i was there when the riot happened i would have quit too
shelby wrote:
my mother worked at ladoga for almost two years and the day of the riot she called in sick and never returned. i know personally that she was heartbroken because she loved a lot of the girls dearly and tried to put herself in their shoes. actually i wrote daily to one of the girls but my mother never let us share personal information so i do not know her name. Ladoga is very hard on those girls and its apparent that its rough to survive but i just wanted to state that not all the staff was bad.
alonda barker

Dayton, OH

#47 Jan 18, 2011
hey sharma i hope you remeber me how are you
Suniti Sharma wrote:
I agree with with Ms. Harmon. I worked as an English teacher at Ladoga Academy for 6 years and although the toughest environment I ever worked in, it was also one of the most rewarding. Working with dozens of students with multiple challenges is not easy and Ms. Harmon and other admin. worked in the best possible way to do a fine job with limited funds, limited freedom, and adolescents with unlimited issues. As an employee, I know CMC had to make tough decisions and I know many students were helped tremendously through their stay at Ladoga. So to all the ex-employees who chose to work at Ladoga and continue to complain - believe me if you complain in one job, chances are you are unhappy in your present job too. And to the students who were unhappy at Ladoga - if you were unhappy there, you should be. Ladoga Academy was a juvenile detention/ treatment facility with a heart, so grow up - your complains indicate we did many things right to help you. After all you are not supposed to be celebrating when you are under juvenile treatment. So move on, give credit where due, and reflect on the changes you can see within you.
TSmtih and Mrs Corwin

United States

#48 Feb 16, 2011
Hello everyone!! Hope that all of you are doing great...Ladoga was a tough place for staff and students! Not all was fair, but there were some of us who truly cared about the girls and only wanted to see them succeed!!
Stephen L

Orlando, FL

#49 Feb 23, 2011
WOW! I just saw this for the first time. My parents were house parents at ICCH (or was it Ladoga Children's Christian Home?) from 1969 - 71. I lived in a house with 15 brothers and sisters (boys on one floor, girls on another). It was as close to a "family" as you could make with kids/parents you didn't know. Though I was only 5-7 years old, I still remember sledding down the hill in the back, flooding the basketball court in the winter for skating, pulling my wagon down the cul-de-sac to the "grocery store", working in the HUGE garden behind the houses, etc. Not everything was simple, especially for my parents, but, it looked from my young eyes that everyone was doing the best they could. Glad to see some were helped by something that I will always remember.
Cyntrelle Faniel

Mansfield, TX

#50 Apr 11, 2011
° The wrong place at the wrong time °

I spend a year and a half in what was suppose to be a five month program. The people who are supposed to keep us safe, made us terrified. The people who were supposed to give us life skills, lied to us and sabotaged us. They had hateful spirits as they came into the building, the evil was so strong. No One (not even the staff) can say that Ladoga made them better. I can say that Ladoga taught me that NoOne cares about the youth. I haven't been in trouble since Ladoga but I have nightmares about that place. I was one of the smarter residents. I could not be broken. Every staff member was racist, disrespectful, and abusive.
I forgive the ignorant ppl who had that behavior and their superior who condoned and rewarded this gross behavior. I never though I would be treated so badly by purple who didn't even know me. But I'm glad I went through this. It prepared me for a more cruel world.

The stuff they drugged us with was to keep us quiet and slow us down or to numb blows to our innocence. They killed the sweet girls we were and they destroyed our youth. The stress from Ladoga aged me 5-8 years

But I'm grown now. 21 and BALLING. I forgive you all... But I will never forget what you did to me
Realist_In_Ur_Fa ce

Scottsdale, AZ

#51 Apr 29, 2011
Cyntrelle Faniel wrote:
° The wrong place at the wrong time °
I spend a year and a half in what was suppose to be a five month program. The people who are supposed to keep us safe, made us terrified. The people who were supposed to give us life skills, lied to us and sabotaged us. They had hateful spirits as they came into the building, the evil was so strong. No One (not even the staff) can say that Ladoga made them better. I can say that Ladoga taught me that NoOne cares about the youth. I haven't been in trouble since Ladoga but I have nightmares about that place. I was one of the smarter residents. I could not be broken. Every staff member was racist, disrespectful, and abusive.
I forgive the ignorant ppl who had that behavior and their superior who condoned and rewarded this gross behavior. I never though I would be treated so badly by purple who didn't even know me. But I'm glad I went through this. It prepared me for a more cruel world.
The stuff they drugged us with was to keep us quiet and slow us down or to numb blows to our innocence. They killed the sweet girls we were and they destroyed our youth. The stress from Ladoga aged me 5-8 years
But I'm grown now. 21 and BALLING. I forgive you all... But I will never forget what you did to me
Dear dip $hit criminal, those that were supposed to keep you safe did! As far as being terrified, well your a$$ was there for a REASON, that is you were (and likely still are) a criminal! Sabotage?? Huh?? What, perhaps you broke the rules and were DISCIPLINED and you are blaming others just like you did when you BROKE THE LAW? I’ll bet I’m correct on that one!

Ladoga usually DIDN’T make the criminal better. Why? It was nothing like YOC secure detention, or MRDC. Compared to those places, they pretty much coddled you’re a$$ didn’t they? Yup they sure did! And then you play the damn “race card”! Typical criminal mentality as the “race card” is played as yet another option to REFUSE to accept RESPOSIBILITY FOR YOU ACTIONS!

And you claim they drugged you! LOL!!! C’mon get f’n real now! That $hit DOES NOT HAPPEN! The Only medications you received were by DR.’s ORDERS! And killed the “sweet girls” And the age progression “5-8 years”. Probly from the meth, crack, and what ever the hell else you do! Face it you ARE a CRIMINAL and always will be UNTIL YOU CAN STOP BLAMING OTHERS FOR YOU CRIMINAL ACTIVITY!
PoeckAdot

Indianapolis, IN

#52 May 12, 2011
alonda barker wrote:
hey sharma i hope you remeber me how are you<quoted text>
I was there and during that time I did get my GED and tried to take what I could from the situation, but I still think that the treatment from staff to the girls was over board at times.
PoeckAdot

Indianapolis, IN

#53 May 12, 2011
Realist_In_Ur_Face wrote:
<quoted text>
Dear dip $hit criminal, those that were supposed to keep you safe did! As far as being terrified, well your a$$ was there for a REASON, that is you were (and likely still are) a criminal! Sabotage?? Huh?? What, perhaps you broke the rules and were DISCIPLINED and you are blaming others just like you did when you BROKE THE LAW? I’ll bet I’m correct on that one!
Ladoga usually DIDN’T make the criminal better. Why? It was nothing like YOC secure detention, or MRDC. Compared to those places, they pretty much coddled you’re a$$ didn’t they? Yup they sure did! And then you play the damn “race card”! Typical criminal mentality as the “race card” is played as yet another option to REFUSE to accept RESPOSIBILITY FOR YOU ACTIONS!
And you claim they drugged you! LOL!!! C’mon get f’n real now! That $hit DOES NOT HAPPEN! The Only medications you received were by DR.’s ORDERS! And killed the “sweet girls” And the age progression “5-8 years”. Probly from the meth, crack, and what ever the hell else you do! Face it you ARE a CRIMINAL and always will be UNTIL YOU CAN STOP BLAMING OTHERS FOR YOU CRIMINAL ACTIVITY!
I do agree those of us in there probably deserved most of what we got but there were still females who really hadn't done anything. I just think they could have went about the correction a different way.
PoeckAdot

Indianapolis, IN

#54 May 12, 2011
Kayla Farrar wrote:
I as well spent some time at lodoga. A little over a year. I have to say that they definately could have done things better. It felt like a prison. And there were too many things that could bring you down ( 21 rules, when I was there, from the bed being perfect to hygeine, to manipulation to fleeing(which you could get in trouble for for just walking across the gym). It was way too harsh. Enough to drive you crazy while sitting in the dorm watching paint peel. Obviously I still have some feelings towards it because I am sitting at home over four years later still thinking about it. But not all the staff were bad. Some really cared and did what they could for all the girls. And even though I hate the place I have to give it praise. Because of Ladoga I never got in trouble with the law again. I have a nice home a beautiful family of four a great job and I am finishing my last semester of college. I'll never know for sure but I'm going to go ahead and give ladoga credit for that. For scaring the shit out of me so I'll never do another stupid thing again!
It was 2007 that I was there and I think about it all the time. It drives me nuts
Andrew Kravetz YCP

Boynton Beach, FL

#55 May 19, 2011
Julie K Harmon wrote:
As today is the last day of operation for Ladoga Academy I want to say thanks and I am sorry. Thanks to all the staff who worked so hard in the vein of doing what they thoguht was right..... Ms. Harmon, Director 2001-2008.
Can I contact you with a question? It is about unemployment insurance. How can I reach someone from Ladoga who was there when my employment ended, Jan 09? I have a form to fill out for credit card compensation.
Thank you for everything you did during the year or so we overlapped. I wish only the best for you and the residents who stayed there.
Andrew
ms armbruster

Chicago, IL

#56 Jun 5, 2011
I was at Ladoga back in 00-01. That was back before the riots and stuff. When I first got there I hated it. I thought it was the worst place ever. But after several hours of sitting in silence I remembered where I would be if I wasn't in Ladoga. So I learned to get along with people and do as I was told. I found out that it wasn't that bad considering my other options and the staff were pretty cool when you're following the rules. I actually miss a lot of the staff members. Being from the town of Ladoga and still living in the area i do run into some old staff. If any1 remembers the tall elderly guy on nights, the one all the girls called grandpa, I used 2 see him all the time at an old job of mine. I was always happy when he came in and I'd get 2 chat with him. I still get 2 chat with the Mayotte's sometimes- they are actually real nice and aren't the hard-asses they acted 2 be. Ms. Record even helped me find a apartment for me and my son. But there are a few staff I've never found that I'd like to see again someday- Ms. Frost, Ms. Hughes, Ms. Williams. It broke my heart when I heard how much of a shit hole that place had become. No one wants to take blame but really I think every1 is to blame for what happened. If any old residents or staff wanna find me- look me up on facebook- [email protected] my name is now bri long
CyntrelleFaniel

Belton, TX

#57 Jun 16, 2011
Realist_In_Ur_Face wrote:
<quoted text>
Dear dip $hit criminal, those that were supposed to keep you safe did! As far as being terrified, well your a$$ was there for a REASON, that is you were (and likely still are) a criminal! Sabotage?? Huh?? What, perhaps you broke the rules and were DISCIPLINED and you are blaming others just like you did when you BROKE THE LAW? I’ll bet I’m correct on that one!
Ladoga usually DIDN’T make the criminal better. Why? It was nothing like YOC secure detention, or MRDC. Compared to those places, they pretty much coddled you’re a$$ didn’t they? Yup they sure did! And then you play the damn “race card”! Typical criminal mentality as the “race card” is played as yet another option to REFUSE to accept RESPOSIBILITY FOR YOU ACTIONS!
And you claim they drugged you! LOL!!! C’mon get f’n real now! That $hit DOES NOT HAPPEN! The Only medications you received were by DR.’s ORDERS! And killed the “sweet girls” And the age progression “5-8 years”. Probly from the meth, crack, and what ever the hell else you do! Face it you ARE a CRIMINAL and always will be UNTIL YOU CAN STOP BLAMING OTHERS FOR YOU CRIMINAL ACTIVITY!
Bych Pls!
I have NEVER done drugs! That's the whole purpse of me saying that they drugged us up and the crack pot Dr. Ruff that came in wasn't a real fucking dr. He prescribe what the staff asked. I and my mother requested that they stop giving me medication but they refuse and said it was apart of my "Treatment Plan" . Those medications that they gave were for people with mental health and behavior problems. I have never even had a psychotic episode at home let alone in home. I was verbally abused and I had constaly contacted corporate office above ladoga to help me an the other young ladies. Those white ppl where especially abusive to the african american residents. There where junkies in ladoga that never got help but that's because staff gave them drugs and in exchange the FXCKED. You probably were there raping those girls too. Women as well as men staff where ridiculous and showed favoritism to those who "sucked up".
Luckily I had no part in that but I was no craddled nor am I playing the race card. I'm stating facts. They beat those girls and raped them. Harmon knew and so dd you obviously!
usa

Mason, OH

#58 Jun 23, 2011
Ladoga was nothing but a disgrace to society and any young girl brave enough to endure it. Everyone in this forum wants to sit back and and claim "us girl's " didn't have it as bad as we make it out to be ? Well i'll have anyone that disagree's know it wasn't no F---ing cupcake walk. Yes , there was a handful of staff that we're there for the residents but more than half wanted no part in "making a difference in someone's life". Ladoga was nothing but a hell on earth fun-house with every damn circus clown working there imaginable. The facility was poorly ran and operated. I honestly dont know how the place managed to make it as long as it did. I for one can say I tried my hardest in that place to come out not only better and successful but alive if you please. No one will ever know what went on in that place unless you witnessed it first hand and dealt with what myself and anyone else sent to that place had to deal with.
Alonna Lawson

Terre Haute, IN

#59 Jul 6, 2011
WOW!!! My experience in Ladoga was so/so. I can honestly say,I was never abused. But I can also say, I witnessed abuse. Let me be clear, PHYSICAL ABUSE! I witnessed a male staff attack a young lady. Let me be specific here..a male staff maybe 6ft..approximately 215 lbs..punch a female like she was a full grown man! I mean it was "CODE RED" on the staff!!! Ladoga was a learning experience for me. Ya students were talked to and some shifts(Ms. Toni's), not to mention any names..but I stop and think..PRISON IS PROBABLY 100x worst! I can say today I am a law abiding citizen..I have 2 beautiful, precious children and the love of my life. I am in my second yr of college for liberal arts..nd Im happy!I dnt want to offend anyone who was in fact abused in any kind of way!
Alonna Lawson

Terre Haute, IN

#61 Jul 6, 2011
Suniti Sharma wrote:
I agree with with Ms. Harmon. I worked as an English teacher at Ladoga Academy for 6 years and although the toughest environment I ever worked in, it was also one of the most rewarding. Working with dozens of students with multiple challenges is not easy and Ms. Harmon and other admin. worked in the best possible way to do a fine job with limited funds, limited freedom, and adolescents with unlimited issues. As an employee, I know CMC had to make tough decisions and I know many students were helped tremendously through their stay at Ladoga. So to all the ex-employees who chose to work at Ladoga and continue to complain - believe me if you complain in one job, chances are you are unhappy in your present job too. And to the students who were unhappy at Ladoga - if you were unhappy there, you should be. Ladoga Academy was a juvenile detention/ treatment facility with a heart, so grow up - your complains indicate we did many things right to help you. After all you are not supposed to be celebrating when you are under juvenile treatment. So move on, give credit where due, and reflect on the changes you can see within you.
Mrs. Sharma,
How are you doing? I hope you remember me. My email is [email protected] Hope to hear from you!

Alonna
Bea

United States

#62 Jul 19, 2011
A friend of mine was sent to Ladoga when we were teens. She was molested while there and her family brought her back home. She had the unfortunate habit of lying, a perfect target...who would ever believe her? Most of our friends chose not to believe her, but hers was not the first case of molestation I've heard of from that place. She was sent to the facility to get treatment, to become a better person, and in the end her experience there ruined her life. My friend and I lost touch over the years because her life took her down a much different path, one that thankfully, never crossed with mine. She died young.

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