White Rock Academy shut down by state

White Rock Academy shut down by state

There are 35 comments on the Salina Journal story from Feb 21, 2009, titled White Rock Academy shut down by state. In it, Salina Journal reports that:

The White Rock Academy, a residential treatment center for troubled adolescents ages 11 to 18, was ordered shut down by state health officials Thursday and academy officials have until 3 p.m. Monday to find ...

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Beloit, KS

#1 Feb 23, 2009
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Jicama

Essex Junction, VT

#2 Feb 23, 2009
I cannot believe they shut the school down. The White Rock Academy is the finest learning institutions in the state. The staff at the school are all real good folks and all the kids at the school are good kids who would never again cause trouble. The students will now go to private schools and on to Harvard at Kansas taxpayer expense. All the students at White Rock are good kids and will be valdictorians at Harvard, Stanford and Yale.
Unhappy Parent

Greenville, SC

#4 Mar 9, 2009
It is quite sad when you trust a school with the well being of your child and are told they can help you, then you get an email on Friday to come and pick your child up on Monday it was not easy especially for parents who don't live close. Todd and Ted Madsen should never be able to open another school any where again they gave false hope to parents, they woun't even answer emails, or phone call, they owe money to people money that we worked for to put our children in this "School" not money from the tax payers Jicama money we paid out of our pockets hoping for the best care for our children.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#5 Mar 10, 2009
It sounds like a nightmare school
Unhappy Camper -

Houston, TX

#6 Mar 18, 2009
I have not received any refund of prepaid tuition to date. The Kansas State Attorney Generals Office has files a suit against WRA at this time. The contact is Meghan Barnds. The website for the Attorney General is:
http://www.ksag.org/home/
White Rock Student

Story City, IA

#7 Mar 26, 2009
Yes, it really does suck that the place got shut down. I was starting to do really well with my treatment and everything. Sure, the head man doesn't help out at all, but the staff & the girls were pretty much the best people that I've ever met in my life. The boys even helped me out a little bit. The place was a great place, but it just started going down hill. It's horrible and I was not ready to come back home yet. There were a lot of people going to different places, and I feel sorry that they had to start all over. White Rock wasn't exactly hell, so don't make it sound like that. It helped me and I know that.:)
worried parent

Naples, FL

#8 Mar 28, 2009
Where are the owners, the director, and the so called therapist? Everyone seems to have vanished. The owners were around when they were making money and have now gone into seclusion; when will we hear from them? As parents we trusted them to help our kids through whatever problems they were having. What a joke when the real problem came they all disappeared; did the owners think of the kids or only about lining their own pockets with our hard earned money
Jewell County resident

Beloit, KS

#9 Apr 3, 2009
To all the parents of kids who were sent to the White Rock Academy: Many of us folks with deep roots in Jewell County were just as shocked and dismayed by the happenings at White Rock Academy as you were. If you did your research before you sent your kid there, you could probably figure out this part of the great USA suffers economically and demographically. So many of us hoped that the Academy would be a good thing for kids who needed help, and it would be a boost to our area, also. We have a lot of big blue sky, clean air, and great folks here; we believe and know this is a great place to raise our own children, maybe the Academy would be a good thing to help other kids. I am so disappointed that the owners of the place did not do their homework better in researching all of the hows, whys, whens, wheres, laws, and all the ins and outs of how to run and manage the facility. I am a college graduate who chose to come back home to Jewell County, and as I said earlier, greatly disappointed in the performance of the owners and management of the place. From the beginning, the owners should have realized they were going to have to figure out how to get the right qualified people with the correct certifications and licenses for social work, therapy, etc., to move here so that they could staff the place properly. Unfortunately, for people used to living in higher populated areas with many housing choices, retail stores, lots of entertainment, etc., moving to Jewell County could be a real bummer for some folks. This just isn't the place a lot of people want to move to, which is very obvious with our problems. This is a suggestion to you: If you live in a metropolitan area, and if you are fortunate to have high paying jobs, which you must have if you could afford to send your kid to White Rock Academy, you could buy a house here for two months of fees, take your 2-3 week vacation each year with your troubled teen here and bond as a family. You would get to supervise your kid here under our great blue sky while breathing our clean air with no noise to overpower the sweet songs the birds share as the rabbits frolic in your yard where later that night you can catch lightning bugs and be amazed by the canopy of brightly shining stars in the heavens that are not hidden by a layer of smog. I close with wishing all of you, parents and children, alike, that things are going better for you, and that you be thankful for what you have everyday--housing, clothing, and food on the table; and a family where you can really work on communicating and belonging.

Since: May 09

Elizabeth, NJ

#10 May 11, 2009
I went here. and i was very unhappy, it did help me alot. from the time it was opened. i feel i have grown up and matured so much. ive ditched my bad friend. i hang out with the righ kids. im sober. im and doing so good. but i think it was because i got a wake up call. not all of the credit goes to them. the staff was wonderful and everyone was nice. they just didnt listen to te rules. the people who owned it runned the place and the staff had to do what they told them. but i do miss the staff. but not the owners. because alot of kids werent ready to go home so they had to start over in a new school all over again. and people who were so close.
Jicama

Essex Junction, VT

#11 May 11, 2009
The White Rock Academy was one of the finest learning institutions in the state until a bunch of crybaby, bedwetting, diaper wearing pansies decided that it should be shuttered. All of the kids at White Rock are now working for dynamic corporations and are captains of industry. Many are members of international think-tanks and are highly placed in secret government positions. Too bad White Rock got the axe. All the kids at White Rock are good people who would never again cause any trouble.
Uphold your rights

Lenora, KS

#12 May 12, 2009
the state health officials are so full of crap, now i could see if it was other reasons like abuse caught on camera or something, i think its a load of crap they shut this place down, boo, boycott the state health officials. has anyone demanded to see the report the heath nuts made?

i hope that the records are made public!
we demand to know!
post the link if you have the legal report, I'd love to see if there reason was a valid one or the state just abusing more of its grant money powers.

It also seams like a calculated move seeing how the states give out grant money, they most have lied about something, someone got rich off of this, I'm sure of it, something just stinks when they use lame excuses when it comes to heath department.

Since: May 09

Hyattsville, MD

#13 May 13, 2009
You people have no idead what your talking about.
confused

Apopka, FL

#14 May 13, 2009
I can see that one of the things that was not taught at The Academy was grammar or spelling.
As for abuse it does not have to be physical if the children were not getting the proper mental health and state rules were not followed is also abuse. Have you not read the reports? The kids all felt stressed and were not allowed to discuss it with their parents because if they did the phone call was cut short or ended; or how the state told the school 3 times to take the locks off the doors, or the type of child they began to take in had severe problems that people knew should not be there.
Yes, towards the end someone began to make a lot of money and the care of the kids (mentally) was not be giving. I believe one of the owners began to see WRA as their personal piggy bank and all they cared ofr was the money.
By the way what are the owners up to now? Does anyone know?
JDFarruggio123

Bronx, NY

#15 May 15, 2009
I didnt have to read the article, i was one of the student til the day it closed. i lived through it. so dont tell me about it. and who gives a rats ass what the owner are doing. probobly scamming more people in another school in utah.

Since: May 09

Bronx, NY

#16 May 15, 2009
I dont need to read the articles. i lived it, i was one of there students til the day it closed. your just a random person reading about it and judjing people. and they didnt teach grammer or spelling. or typing. there was a program called pluto. its helped but it wasnt hands on. and who care what the owners are doing. there proboly scamming parent for more money in utah with another school.

Since: May 09

Bronx, NY

#17 May 15, 2009
I Went To WRA Too. Whats Your Name?

Since: May 09

Bronx, NY

#18 May 15, 2009
White Rock Student wrote:
Yes, it really does suck that the place got shut down. I was starting to do really well with my treatment and everything. Sure, the head man doesn't help out at all, but the staff & the girls were pretty much the best people that I've ever met in my life. The boys even helped me out a little bit. The place was a great place, but it just started going down hill. It's horrible and I was not ready to come back home yet. There were a lot of people going to different places, and I feel sorry that they had to start all over. White Rock wasn't exactly hell, so don't make it sound like that. It helped me and I know that.:)
I Went To WRA Too. Whats Your Name?
confused

Apopka, FL

#19 May 16, 2009
I think you need to calm down a little I also know what was going on and what was not going on at WRA. I had a very important person in my life who also attended the Academy. I was not and am not someone who just happenened upon this blog. Your response shows that maybe you need to continue with some kind of therapy; I can understand your anger but don't you think some of it should have gone just a little bit by now.
Let me ask you several questions did you enjoy having the doors locked at all times? WRA was not supposed to be a locked down treatment center, did you get all the mental health you were supposed to be getting? did you enjoy the change of rules, where was the director when he was needed I have many more questions but right now is not the right time to ask them of you as you are ready to explode. All I ask of you is that you take this second chance you were given and change your life around. I wish you the best, and suggest you read the articles that can be gotten on salina.com

Since: May 09

Elizabeth, NJ

#20 May 18, 2009
Im not about you explode. i just got made because you were being rude. and i dont need thereophy. im doing find. and it says your from flordia, are you mollys parents?

Since: May 09

Elizabeth, NJ

#21 May 18, 2009
Im not about to explode. i just got mad because you were being rude. and i dont need therephy. im doing fine. and it says your from flordia. are you molly's parents?

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