Bowling Brook Prep
spouse of employee

United States

#21 Jan 26, 2007
Here are the facts. When the two people represent the school, in getting students admitted to BBP and they are directly involved, in the restraint and they are long term employees. They have little or no training on how to deal with the restraining of students. This proves the school is not safe, as I stated this in October 2006. Please see previous comment written by myself in October. I apologize for the run on sentences, this is very upsetting and disheartening to people who care about the students and not numbers and money that the students are worth to the school. The Board of Directors need to be held responsible for the actions of the school administration and take immediate action to replace everyone who is responsible for the situation. Administration needs to stop repremanding the staff that do the right thing,and take restraint injured students to the hospital immediately and not have to worry about losing their jobs.Several months ago the staff was repremanded for taking a student to the emergency room after being injured in a restaint.
spouse of employee

United States

#22 Jan 26, 2007
The Directors of BBP need to look into the fact that several years ago the Executive Director of BBP was charged with child neglect. When he left one or more of his own children in a running car unattended. The car then went out into traffic and endangered the childrens lives. Someone this neglectful of their own children should not be allowed to be responsible for 173 students.
Proud Grandfather

Harrisburg, PA

#23 Jan 27, 2007
My grandson and a few of his friends all attended Bowling Brook Prep school and all successfully graduated the program. When they came home they were all completely different people and learned how to be successful and respect the people around them. My grandson attended college and is about to graduate. This is something he never would have done if Bowling Brook did not give him the opportunities to do so. Without Bowling Brook all of these kids would either be running the streets, in jail, or even worse. It is unfortunate what happened to this one young man but until all the facts are out there it is not right to bash a program that has done so much good for so many young adults.
concerned citizen

Belleville, MI

#24 Jan 27, 2007
It would be good for everyone to wait for autopsy results. This young man's death may be unrelated to the restraint process. It seems something may have been medically wrong. Something had the young man overly agitated and may be what caused this tragedy.
spouse of employee

United States

#25 Jan 27, 2007
The facts, the young man was in line for dinner when a Thoroughbred member ( a thoroughbred member is a senior student that helps supervise other students or you could call them a sub cultural gang,to quote a past program director "it is better to have students be in a club ran by staff then forming their own," they even wear their own jackets. On the street these would be considered colors for the gang members so they could easily be identified.) The student did not respond well to the thoroughbred so he was restrained by the staff. The restraint was removed from the area and taken outside to isolate the incident for three or more hours. It also should be known that the student had a complete physical upon entering BBP and found to be in good health and able to participate in sports. This was told to me by a reliabe source but is second hand knowledge about the physical, however the thoroughbred club information is a known fact.
anonymous

Harrisburg, PA

#26 Jan 28, 2007
spouse of employee, the thoroughbred club is a positive group on campus that helps new students identify the behaviors that landed them into the system. As far as the incident, Isiah was not restrained for three hours and the employees that were involved were highly trained to deal with the situation. It was a horrible tragedy and everybody wishes things would have turned out different but writing lies about good people who would probably give their own lives for most of these kids is absolutley shameful and ridiculous.
spouse of employee

United States

#27 Jan 28, 2007
I'll tell you what's shameful. To lie to DJS about the number of students you have, when your numbers are higher than you are licensed for. When you backdate documents, when being relicensed in January of 2006. When a staff member whom is male and is caught in the bed of a male student and not reported to DJS or the proper authorities for prosecution.The staff member was terminated without proper prosecution. When the State of Maryland does matching funds for new buildings, and when it comes to Maryland students, Md. pays more then any other state to place a student at BBP. When you call yourself a school and your teachers are not certified to teach. This will be my last reply until my spouse leaves BBP for a new job. We will then go to the States Attorney's office with all information we have, so we won't have to feel the shame of being part of BBP. Unfortunately we need the paycheck at this time and that is the only thing we have to be ashamed of.
anonymous

Harrisburg, PA

#28 Jan 28, 2007
spouse of employee, i guess a paycheck is worth more than your values, you truley are a saint.
Just Released Student

Lititz, PA

#29 Jan 28, 2007
I know there are a lot of people out there that think that the school is unsafe. If you really think so, then how do you explain one death in 50 years. The dude Aubon was right about restraints, and people have to understand that the students going to the school ain't perfect. Most were charged with serious crimes, so it takes a long time for them to adjust to the amount of pressure they recieve. But witout that pressure, they'll just go do the same thig they did befor they got arrested. Spouse, perhaps you should have a talk with your husband if you feel so strongly. It is a safer place then the streets, and you would know that if you grew up on a block that has prostitutes, drug atticks, and gang banging right outside they front door.
Just Released Student

Lititz, PA

#30 Jan 28, 2007
spouse of employee wrote:
I'll tell you what's shameful. To lie to DJS about the number of students you have, when your numbers are higher than you are licensed for. When you backdate documents, when being relicensed in January of 2006. When a staff member whom is male and is caught in the bed of a male student and not reported to DJS or the proper authorities for prosecution.The staff member was terminated without proper prosecution. When the State of Maryland does matching funds for new buildings, and when it comes to Maryland students, Md. pays more then any other state to place a student at BBP. When you call yourself a school and your teachers are not certified to teach. This will be my last reply until my spouse leaves BBP for a new job. We will then go to the States Attorney's office with all information we have, so we won't have to feel the shame of being part of BBP. Unfortunately we need the paycheck at this time and that is the only thing we have to be ashamed of.
Where are you getting these crazy facts, lady? I mean, you talking some crazy stuff.

Since: Jan 07

Lititz, PA

#31 Jan 28, 2007
I was arrested for a crime that took place when i was 15 and ignorant to anything but th city I lived in and people I knew. If I am convicted as an adult I would do more then 15 years in jail if BBP does not take me. It was the first time I had ever gotten out of the state for more then a couple of days, and being out of the street environment makes it a lot more easier to learn and change then in the old neighborhood. While there, I ACHIEVED more things then I ever thought possible. My GED, 27 college credits, Numerous athletic awards, over 300 community service awards, and iternal things like confidence and trust in others. I came home to find out the in the time two years that I was incarcerated and my year at BBP two of my friends were killed, Juan and Luis. My cousin was raped and killed, and my dad died of a drug overdose. So trust me, Rural Carroll is a lot safer then the streets of Philly, Baltimore, Reading, Pittsburg, D.C., Fredrick, or any other inner city.
LynDee

Towson, MD

#32 Jan 30, 2007
I have a 14 year old who is easily influenced by his peers at school. I recently heard of his possible interest in joining a gang. My question is does the court have to appoint a child to this facility? Or can a parent concerned for their child send them there?
Thank you in advance for any information!
ANONYMOUS

Monongahela, PA

#33 Jan 30, 2007
As a person who sends youths to BBP, I have some knowledge about what occurs there. BBP is one of the finest facilities in the tri-state area as far as success with building boys into men. There are many, many private and state funded providers who "warehouse" kids to collect a per diem. BBP is far superior to most of these facilities. They take the more high end offenders and deal with them very well, whereas other institutions can barely handle first time offenders. I have no stake in saying good things about BBP, and truly feel this was an accident. I only want people to realize this program is something good, and has proven its success for the past however many years. I am a referral source for them, therefore, I have a hundred places I can send a young man. This place is top notch as far as treatment and rehabilitation. If you don't think so, you should go to other juvenile instutitions in MD, PA and NY and see what goes on. If parents would do their job and raise their kids the right way and hold them accountable at home, they wouldn't be gang-banging out in the streets and committing crimes. Lets be clear, you don't steal a pack of bubble gum to get to BBP. SPOUSE - why do you feel the school is not safe?
Kwame

AOL

#34 Jan 30, 2007
Get rid of Jesse, Mark, Shadi
Anom

Lancaster, PA

#35 Jan 31, 2007
Kwame wrote:
Get rid of Jesse, Mark, Shadi
What You mean?
Kwame

AOL

#36 Feb 1, 2007
Jesse, Mark, Shaddi have been overplaying reasons to elavate anxiety in these young men,and they are very good at setting up a restraint if you know what I mean. Drop in one evening, or weekend
Carroll County Times

Baltimore, MD

#37 Feb 1, 2007
If anyone feels like talking about some of these comments to a reporter, please call Ari Natter at the Carroll County Times. He can be reached at 410 751 5908. Thank you.
RL Phila

United States

#38 Feb 2, 2007
Your son has to be court appointed to the facility,it sounds crazy but he actually has to commit a crime it does'nt have to be that serious but I would encourage you to tell the judge that your trying to save your childs life. Also I wanted to make a comment on the type of parent I am. I did raise my child right and made him accountable he also has both parents involved,so it's not always how you RAISE your children.Some kids make mistakes and need extra guidance.As for the incident that occured I believe there had to be an underlying medical condition??? I can't believe it happened but it did.It's very unfortunate and I feel awful for his mother/family.When the autopsy comes back maybe there will be more confirmation,but for everyone bashing BBP it's a ahame they try their best to help these boys and I think they do a pretty good job.To all the boys who made it through BBP stay strong and out of trouble cause you not only hurt yourself you hurt the ones that love you the most don't forget that.
victims future wife

AOL

#39 Feb 2, 2007
This is insane what happened to Isaiah Simmons. I knew him for 6 years. Regardless of how good the school is suppose to be. He should not be dead now. He is a human being too. Everyone is avoiding the fact that my daughters father is gone. They had no business killing him. Even the student who was there seen them in action. He really wanted to go to this school so he can start a better life for us. We were suppose to get married in the future and now everything we dreamed about for all of us is gone because of there negligence and carelessness. Everyday it makes me cry when the memories of him telling me how good the school was. So all of these negitive comments need to stop because all of u are from the outside looking in. Therefore all of u need to get ur facts right.
victims future wife

AOL

#40 Feb 2, 2007
oh and no one should allow there child to enter this type of environment where someone was just killed by there staff who so called suppose to be trained in restraining students.

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