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

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Caroline Mead

Mount Pleasant, MI

#125 Feb 28, 2013
i was there for 2 1/2 years 04 -06 it was shitty yea n there may have been some flirtting wit staff n students yea but the whole rappin shit sorry lost me wit that one there was so many cameras u couldnt use the bathroom witout a camera up ur ass so yea...
Caroline Mead

Mount Pleasant, MI

#126 Feb 28, 2013
Male_Staffer wrote:
I worked at Ladoga Academy in 02-03. It shocks me to see the allegations leveled against staff after I left. I, being a male staffer in a juvenile female facility, was constantly on guard. I refused to enter a dorm at night without a female staffer to accompany me. I also refused to go "hands on" without a female staffer present. I even went out of my way once to lure an assaultive resident into camera view, and waited for a female staffer, before going for a take down. If allegations of abuse are true, the abusers are absolute predators...to take advantage of a hurt and vulnerable child when YOU are supposed to be their safety net is despicible.
I often wonder about some of the residents I looked after...if you were in H dorm fall of 02 through spring of 03 I was there. Yes the pay was horrible, benefits were non-existent, but anyone who worked there solely for those things really missed out on the big picture. I worked adult corrections for 2 years prior to working at the academy, where I worked for approximately 9 months. I got assaulted 1 time in 2 years in adult corrections. I got punched, kicked, scratched, bit, almost got stabbed 4 times, hit with a folding chair, almost got pushed down a flight of concrete steps, and SEXUALLY assaulted twice...(same girl, thought it was funny to grab a handful of you know what). If I could support my family by working at a similiar facility, I would do so in a heartbeat. Out of the hundreds of girls I encountered, if I made an impact on just one, all the drama was worth it.
either mr.webb or mr. bollinger?
mstbaby

Union, NJ

#127 Mar 30, 2013
I was there for 2 years and i must say ive seen my share of the good and bad stafd. I was leaving not too long after ms harmon arrived and i must say im glad to see you are doing well. Granted i bumped my head against the wall numerous times as a child after my release. However ladoga brought out in me something i never realized i had. The teachers opened my mind and allowed it to blossom. I was doing college math at the age of 1รจ. I graduated high school at the age of 16 and was granted a full scholarship to harvard university.
Amanda Fusner

Gary, IN

#128 Apr 16, 2013
I was a resident at Ladoga Academy for a year and 3 months.I felt like I was taken from one bad situation and placed in another. The staff lacked no compassion for their jobs in helping us better ourselves. They put their hands on us as if we were there own kids BUT if reported would have been ABUSE. I will be 24 this year. I hated Ladoga Academy BUT, I also thank them because years after I was there, I am EXACTLY the young adult I always dreamed to become. I am a very wise humble responsible respectable strong compassionate honest and a trustworthy young lady.
Chelsea Reneer

Indianapolis, IN

#129 Apr 16, 2013
I was at Ladoga from Jan-Nov 2006... I was 15/16 years old it was a LONG 11 months but I wouldn't trade it for the world. It was definitely a hands on facility and I hear a lot of complaints about that but clearly some of these girls needed that. I was sent there by my school for truancy, drug addiction, and behavior issues. I am the first girl who succeeded in escaping from the facility. Needless to say, I was a serious troubled adolescent. I ultimately ended up being withdrawn from Ladoga Academy by the school after I was tackled by staff members. A girl was starting a fight with me inside the dorm & I had reached level 5 with visits home so I did not want to jeopardize that. Instead of fighting or just letting her attack me & not fighting back, I tried to leave the situation. The staff thought I was trying to escape & the tackled me, resulting in a trip to the Emergency Room and a broken nose. That was DEFINITELY a bit excessive but like I said, I would not trade this experience for the world!! I needed a rude awakening & a harsh reality check... This place was definitely horrible but it is exactly what I needed to become the strong woman I am today! By 17 years old, I had no interest in drugs or alcohol & had already finished High school ahead of all the rest of my class mates! Now I am 23, a mother and full time student, pursuing a career in Law. Thank you Julie Harmon for all you did for me... I will never forget my Sweet 16 celebration in your office and my first ever visit with my parents. I have kept up with a lot of the girls that were there with me and many of them have turned into incredible women and mothers :)
pete

Noblesville, IN

#130 Jul 6, 2013
yeah they didn't have out of the program at the academy that sucked then they changed it to the stop program and actually allowed you to stand once a day bunch of crybabies
dumas

Naperville, IL

#131 Jul 29, 2013
ladonna borders wrote:
I can't believe what I'm seeing ...it's crazy how I knew all along that Ladoga academy was going to turn out to make a headliner of news.I can say that the placement was a very scary experience for me& I was there for 6months.everyone including the staff was crazy and when riots broke out I was not apart of that ..and didn't want to be.just recently I seen like the whole administrator staff at my job with their children and it was crazy and scary for me because all I could remember was how mean they were then and how happy they look now.
maybe Ladoga had intention on helping the girls but they failed 100%and there are girl scared because of this program but if you ask me it was a life changer for me I was 16 when I left and had not been back to juvenile or Ladoga since ..so it did some good for me obviously. I always think about this little girl that was there and wonder how she is doing. She was the youngest girl there.
i believe your talking about baker she was 11. and yes i hadnt been in trouble since either it works for those willling to suceed or atleast those who have the right mind for this paticular program evryone requires different needs
piano player

Vincennes, IN

#132 Sep 25, 2013
Hello I'm looking for some people that were there around88 and90 I was there I was there when Roxanne Gray was murdered on that campus I was in a room sick when the staff restrained her she told them she couldn't breathe and was dead about a hour later please contact me .star
Cynthia Hill

Chicago, IL

#133 Oct 18, 2013
I was in the academy in the mid 90s and believe me I wasn't the best as a child, but it sickens me to see what these young girls went through...I am a mother of 3 beautiful girls and one son at the age of 29 and wouldn't change it for the world...I am engaged and starting college for nursing...As a child I ran away from home, drugs, skipped school all the above...In a way it helped me being at Ladoga...But it was also rough...I remember being on level 5 and almost ready to go home when a girl grabbed my private part and I reported her and got all my levels dropped...I seen racism, cussing all the above, but also there was good staff too. I remember the place being on lock down because people was mysteriously becoming sick...Right before I left they had Munci come in and take over...The only time we tasted a sweet or pop was on new yeears and visitation was only 10 mins and you had to sit in position of attention...What I'm trying to say is people who graduated and made it through this hell congrats and hope all as well...I'm glad to see this place is shut down...And u will never know what's true and what's not until u witness it yourself.If anyone remembers me please email me at. [email protected]
lakesha Mosley

River Forest, IL

#134 Nov 21, 2013
Caroline Mead wrote:
<quoted text>
either mr.webb or mr. bollinger?
I was there in 2004 I remebr ms. Foiley ms miller...mr austin..ms. tony...l brown...it was horrifying to a certain degree they were racisr ms. Foiley told me to dance monkey dance..never knew that was a racial slur..I gave hell nack to them tho biting a chunk out of one the administrators arms..... but I was being antagonized a lot by the staff I wasn't even in placement because I was bad..I was placed there till they found me a place I was there bcuz I was abused by my adopted mother ..and to go thru the same thing there I fought back...but I'm doing good now those places taught me stregnth n discipline as well.
Joi Smith-Williams - 2006

Mishawaka, IN

#135 Nov 21, 2013
lakesha Mosley wrote:
<quoted text> I was there in 2004 I remebr ms. Foiley ms miller...mr austin..ms. tony...l brown...it was horrifying to a certain degree they were racisr ms. Foiley told me to dance monkey dance..never knew that was a racial slur..I gave hell nack to them tho biting a chunk out of one the administrators arms..... but I was being antagonized a lot by the staff I wasn't even in placement because I was bad..I was placed there till they found me a place I was there bcuz I was abused by my adopted mother ..and to go thru the same thing there I fought back...but I'm doing good now those places taught me stregnth n discipline as well.
I have written a few comments on this feed, and follow it via e-mail. I don't normally reply to others comments though... But I wanted to comment on yours, because though different girls, our stories had a few similarities being that we were not placed there for being bad and committing crimes as many of the residents were. Ladoga was a correctional facility, not a place for the abused or with mental illness.
I was placed at Ladoga, having never been in trouble with the law. My father's an attorney. My issues were with harming myself. I suffer from depression, OCD, Bi Polar, post traumatic stress disorder, and several others. I was 15 years old when placed in Ladoga. They convinced my father that they were the right place for me to stay while waiting to get a placement in Oaklawn Hospital in Goshen, IN. I do not blame my father at all, they flat out lied about the care (lack of) I'd be getting.
Thankfully my time there was only 2 months in total, but it has left some scars on me that will never fully fade.
I am so sorry, it sounds like you should not have been there and should have been placed into a kind, loving home, not a correctional facility. Honestly, even the girls who had been in serious trouble with the law and courts should not have been treated that way, especially with them being minors.
The way Ladoga was run is still unbelievable to me. I don't understand how the staff got away with the racists remarks as you stated, and the lack of care for most girls. Of course, the head staff running Ladoga had their favorites, but they also had those they hated, like myself.
I was placed in isolation for over a week for self harming. When I was let out, they forced me to sleep on the security room floor with nothing - I had to earn even just a sheet (not blanket) and pillow. They did end up giving me a mattress finally, but only a few sleeps later claimed I tore a hole in it, to cut myself with the springs. Which was a flat out LIE, and they knew that and could easily watch the tape. But they were so thrilled with always setting me up.
I was covered with spider bites, more so than the rest of the girls (who all had them too), from sleeping on the floor. I had a UTI from always being thrown into time out rooms and holding my urine in. When I arrived at Oaklawn I was put on medication right away for a bite that turned into staff infection and the serious UTI. I still have the scar where the bite was...
I'm glad to hear you are doing better, as I am. It's great that we came out of things okay.
No one deserves to go through what Ladoga did to so many girls... No one.
Kaybug1

Mason, OH

#136 Mar 19, 2014
I was at Ladoga back when I was 16 years old and for those of you on hear saying that it was a bad place I empathize that everyone's experiences are different and i am sorry that you felt your children were mistreated . Honestly though if they were roughly handled they probable asked for it. I behaved myself and never once was mistreated. This place wasn't bad at all . Obviously your kids were never at MRDC because if they were they would have thanked God for Ladoga academy. I met some great ppl there and still am friends with some ex staff. The kids there were mostly out of control and belonged in max security not a treatment facility. Then there were for the most part some really good kids but like I said if your kid put themselves in a situation where they had to be physically handled they probably deserved it . Sorry just stating facts.
Kay_08

Mason, OH

#137 Jan 5, 2015
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.
Miss Sharma! Raven Reese and I loved reading Romeo and Juliett in your class!
ex staff member

Tacoma, WA

#138 Jan 9, 2015
Hi everyone. I was a staff member from 2002 to 2004. When i looked up the address for the academy for my resume i couldn't believe it when i saw the articles about the riot that broke out. It wasn't like that when i worked there and all the sexual assault remarks I've been reading about truthfully disgusted me and makes me sick to my stomach. It seems after myself and a few other staff left that place took a turn for the worse. When i worked there i truly enjoyed going to work because i really enjoyed the students that were there. All the students i worked with were very smart and intelligent and i gave them the respect they deserved and they respected me back. Some fellow staff members i worked with was Mr. Webb, Mrs. Foley, Mrs. Newkirk, Mrs. Seibert. I worked on Mrs. Utterback's shift. I just wanna say sorry to all the students that had horrible experiences at the academy after 2004. I really didn't expect to see that happen. I had really good report worth some of the student i worked with and they helped me as much as i hope i helped them. I remember gym class. A lot of the girls would ask me to play basketball with them and i usually did. That was a fun time and i think if more staff did that they would have had a chance to really get to know the students instead of treating them like criminals. Sometimes i would let my dorm talk amongst themselves quietly if they were having a good day but then control would yell at me about the girls talking and i hated the fact that i had to tell them no more talking or i would have to issue a violation so I'm sorry for that too but i had to follow the bosses orders and do my job. It would be nice to hear from some students from when i was there. I've wondered how some of them turned out and how they are doing. Oh and if your wondering what staff member this is well i have nothing to hide. I'm Mr. Brownfield
Ohio

United States

#139 Jan 23, 2015
I'm Truly surprised to still
See this forum going.
amber

United States

#140 Apr 4, 2015
Ohio wrote:
I'm Truly surprised to still
See this forum going.
A lot of girls were traumatized after leaving this place and will be for the rest of their lives. I was in there for almost a year because my moms husband had done inappropriate things to me, i begged the judge to send me back to my mom after living in that place, it didn't matter anymore. I learned a lot and not all the staff were mean, but administration was a joke. They were on a power trip and treated everyone as though they were criminals. I have nightmares about the riots there. And there was a staff member there that told me we were all just waiting till were old enough for prison and we were trash. I did end up going back to my moms just to get away from there, the only good thing i took from there was i got my education and had an amazing case worker ms. High. I was jumped a week after being there and when the staff finally got the off another staff jumped on top of me and rubbed my face so hard against the carpet i still have a scar from it. So yea if people feel the need to talk about their emotional journey because of this place then why wouldn't they come here to do so.
amber

United States

#141 Apr 4, 2015
Alonna Lawson wrote:
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!
I remember this, it was absolutely terrible.
mollyC89

Springfield, OH

#142 Oct 27, 2015
Concern parent wrote:
I have a daughter at ladoga academy who has bruising from the staff and who I have personally heard cussing from the staff to the young ladies. I have contacted the CPS to look into the problems my daughter has had.All I know is if my daughter was in my care and I treated her like they are being treated I would be in jail!!!! All they are teaching these kids is that you can cuss and put your hands on whom every is causing problems isn't that why some of these ladies are there?????
Mam I was in there from 2002-2004 then April 2006-Feb 2007 a month after my 18th birthday! The first time I was there all that place did was teach me how to throw my weight around and be aggressive. No one cared about us! Maybe 2 staff members. The others were there for a paycheck and exactly what you said abuse us. I'm about to be 27 years old here in about 3 months I still have scars on my face from when I was there the first at age 13. The second time I was there they had a dorm staff who would tell us stories about how she dug up ppl graves and robbed them. After me speaking without permission she told MD yo go out in the hall. I was okay with that seeing as all we did was sit at attention all day in silence getting up to walk around and see a different view sounded good to me. Before I made it to the Hall that b@#ch grabbed my arm and slammed my hand in the door! Hard!!! I had a 4 and a half hour drive towards home for court the next day. I told my caseworker who told judge. Judge asked for footage. Needless to say they lost footage !! That same day I was released and got to go home!!! Such a terrible place to send children. No one would listen to us. People always thought we were making things up because we didn't want go be there there is so many bad childhood memories of mine becuz of that place!!!
mollyC89

Springfield, OH

#143 Oct 27, 2015
amber wrote:
<quoted text>
A lot of girls were traumatized after leaving this place and will be for the rest of their lives. I was in there for almost a year because my moms husband had done inappropriate things to me, i begged the judge to send me back to my mom after living in that place, it didn't matter anymore. I learned a lot and not all the staff were mean, but administration was a joke. They were on a power trip and treated everyone as though they were criminals. I have nightmares about the riots there. And there was a staff member there that told me we were all just waiting till were old enough for prison and we were trash. I did end up going back to my moms just to get away from there, the only good thing i took from there was i got my education and had an amazing case worker ms. High. I was jumped a week after being there and when the staff finally got the off another staff jumped on top of me and rubbed my face so hard against the carpet i still have a scar from it. So yea if people feel the need to talk about their emotional journey because of this place then why wouldn't they come here to do so.
Is this Ingram? What year were you there?
mollyC89

Springfield, OH

#144 Oct 27, 2015
Caroline Mead wrote:
i was there for 2 1/2 years 04 -06 it was shitty yea n there may have been some flirtting wit staff n students yea but the whole rappin shit sorry lost me wit that one there was so many cameras u couldnt use the bathroom witout a camera up ur ass so yea...
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