Abuse Allegations At Camelot

May 2, 2008 Full story: Kansas' CW 13

State officials launch an investigation into a facility for troubled kids looking into allegations of abuse. via Kansas' CW

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Nedra Anderson

New Orleans, LA

#1 Jul 11, 2008
I believe this. I saw them abuse kids and violate their rights in N.O. Recovery School District. I did report it.
wichita

United States

#2 Jul 11, 2008
The story mentioned the staff using "nationally recognized restraining methods"
1. which-ever methods are used, a parent could see it as abuse.
The father was quoted as saying inpart that "it was like a bootcamp"
2. The kids that are sent there arent members of the "goody-two-shoes" club. Problem kids need to have discipline and direction.
3. if you dont follow the rules you suffer the consequences.

Since: Jan 07

Wichita, KS

#3 Jul 12, 2008
Maybe the parents should have taught the kids right from wrong and given out some discipline at home. Parenting starts at home.
Jane Smith

AOL

#4 Jul 13, 2008
....they just took over a couple of schools in the NOLA school district. i have witnessed "extreme" methods of discipline from this group. most of the problematic children are special ed students....rights are being violated....they must be investigated.
wichita

United States

#5 Jul 13, 2008
Jane Smith wrote:
....they just took over a couple of schools in the NOLA school district. i have witnessed "extreme" methods of discipline from this group. most of the problematic children are special ed students....rights are being violated....they must be investigated.
extreme methods such as?
Jane Smith

AOL

#6 Sep 4, 2008
...upon ONLY a verbal provacation from a student, three physically huge "behavior speacialist" are on the student, throw the student to the floor, on the stomach, knees in the back and handcuffed......then dragged to "their office" and doors closed!!!
Marie

Lenexa, KS

#7 Sep 19, 2008
Jane Smith wrote:
...upon ONLY a verbal provacation from a student, three physically huge "behavior speacialist" are on the student, throw the student to the floor, on the stomach, knees in the back and handcuffed......then dragged to "their office" and doors closed!!!
WAS TTHIS AT THE WICHITA, KS. FACILITY?
Nehemiah

Lawrence, KS

#8 Jan 25, 2010
Until you live in Camelot. You have no idea what it is like there. Abuse happens.
Annonymous

AOL

#9 Mar 22, 2010
Everywhere this company goes- serious abuse follows Brown Schools-New Orleans - two residential programs in Kansas- Philadelphia with an investigation as to how they receive their lucrative contracts- they are not about kids they are about money they are owned by a New York private equity firm - it is all about the money- soon they will implode because of the way they beat kids
darrell kansas

Wichita, KS

#10 Mar 22, 2010
If the parent taught kids to mind they would not be there,whip that little ass.
Stop crying about abuse,next step is rape,robbery,murder and then prison on the tax payer dollar

People whine about crime and criminals but yell abuse when some thing is done to try to break the cycle.
Beat the little bastards ass at home and teach them how to be a citizen instead of a burden to society
saddyks

Chicago, IL

#11 Jul 10, 2012
When I was in that facility I was truly abused,,,I had to fake it to make it" What I did to get in there I wanted to comit suicide," So I did not deserved what came next. I was tired and home sick so I ran away.Theese men hunted me down like a dog. they caught me only after I decided to go back.They restrained me threw me down on the concrete floor so hard it scratched my face. They then proceeded to take me in a room.6 Males And myself one man choked me or as they call it Restrained" me so hard I lost conscious and passed out,When I woke up All the men were cuzing at me.A base was broken u wanted to call the police they told me if I did I was the first one going in. They played with my mind. Guy even game me his cell. Iwas scared there is to many details to tell.Sure they show you discipline but at what coat.I was more traumatized when I got out. I still have nightmares. I am also claustrophobic now.They made an example out of me.I new what I had to do. Nobody really knows what happened in that room but those men and me. I am scared to make any complaints.Although I do swear I am doing something about it. I went through a lot that night. I became a role model in that "school" but on the low down all the girls listened to me when I advised them to "fake it to make it" Most of us did so we did not get restrained. It was better this way. Those schools wil have to be investigated if it's the last thing I do. Kids deserve discipline I don't doubt that. But they don't deserve abuse, physical and mental.Oh yeah They called me all sorts of names H03 Sl#@t B!#@h.Thats why I say it's abuse, They make you feel worthless and unless you give in,,they won't stop.Their intentions are not good .Its all about the money. Sure they fixed the place up bought us new uniforms and TVs but it's all a scam. You gotta spend money to make money.I many other girls who can testify to horrible things, when the time is right all will be ok.
SICK

Rogers, AR

#12 Jul 10, 2012
When the time is right you should spill the beans about that place and what happened to you. maybe you need to get some kind of professional help so that you can try moving forward. I cant even imagine the pain you feel on a daily basis all because their are sick humans beings in this world that crave AUTHORITY!!!!! i hope you will do what you need to for your best well being and the well being of others to stop this ABUSE!!!!!!!!!!
Nicole

Joliet, IL

#13 May 21, 2013
I was at one of their Chicago area schools. It was horrible, closest thing I coud compare it to is juvenile detention. I attended two other schools after I left- the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School and Glenoaks Therapeutic Day School. Both handled the exact same population of students. Both were fantastic, but far from perfect, places. Both are the reason I did not drop out of school.

I believe the Camelot model, which is about creating a high control environment and viewing the students as manipulative rather than hurting, lends itself to abuse. Physical restraint is seen as a 'break through moment' rather than a failure to deescalate the situation. The crisis deescalation techniques lend themselves to intimidation (such as 20 staff running into a room- it's like calling a code blue), while other schools techniques try to reduce the emotional stress in part by maintaining a calm demeanor and reducing the number of people and stimulation in the room. They also restrain much sooner than other facilities, and the staff regularly threatens students with restraint, especially at the residential program. Staff turn over is high, as many staff do not like the culture.

Anyway, I am a college student and studying social work. Camelot runs counter to the well established psychological and sociological knowledge we have on how people function and how treatment works.

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