Teen who OD'd at KidsPeace dies

Teen who OD'd at KidsPeace dies

There are 115 comments on the The Morning Call story from May 2, 2008, titled Teen who OD'd at KidsPeace dies. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

One of two teenage girls who overdosed on methadone that one of them allegedly stole from a counselor at a KidsPeace group home died today, the Lehigh County coroner said.

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KP VET

AOL

#29 May 2, 2008
I've been working there for 15 years.
Until you've walked a mile in my moccasins...
But let me clarify a few things--KidsPeace has a long history of treating kids with emotional problems, not necessarily what would be considered juvenile delinquency, so it would be remiss to say these kids all belong in detention. And whoever you are criticizing the teachers and the aides, have we met? Have you been to my class? You don't know what you're talking about, and making generalizations and allowing your opinion to be influenced by the obviously biased Morning Call does not make you eligible to pass judgment on my workplace or my job performance!
A horribly tragic situation and my condolences to the family.
Janet

Chicago, IL

#30 May 2, 2008
Let's start an online petition to close KidsPeace. While Bob's solution may be a little too general, jail is just where many of these kids will end up as adults. I say, if they've done the crime, they can do the time. The rest? Send them back to the referring agencies.
John Doe

Philadelphia, PA

#31 May 2, 2008
KidsPeace when are you going to wake up. These are people life you are messing with. Not only the parents of the child who die, but what about the 1,500 or so employess you have.
everyone knows nothing

Sparta, NJ

#32 May 2, 2008
I am always amazed how everyone claims to know so much about kp or this counselor. Well I do know much more than anyone that has written in so far. All I will say is she was/is not an addict, she had it locked up not in the facility but in her car, LOCKED UP, and is one of the most compassionate advocates for these kids. You would never have known she was on methadone, she never walked around high (like some people want to pretend they know she was). It NEVER affected her job performance EVER!! And last all the clients loved her she was everyone's mom at KP. Maybe everyone should talk to the clients there before making accusations about this woman. This woman is hurting more than anyone could ever imagine. If you want to show compassion for anyone it should be for this woman who is devastated.Stop pretending that you know so much about kp or these kids and especially this counselor.
John Doe

Philadelphia, PA

#33 May 2, 2008
A sad story wrote:
WFMZ Reports:
"A spokesman for KidsPeace says the pills were apparently stolen from a counselor when she drove one of the teenagers to an appointment."
If I am counting right this is the third version of this story I have heard.
Drive a kid (probably w a substance abuse problem) to an appointment in a personal car with methadone in it. Not a good combo at all.
This is a very sad story in many ways.
Why dose are society feels you need recovering drug addict to be a counselor. Would you put the wolf in charge of the sheep?
Bill

Chicago, IL

#34 May 2, 2008
KP VET wrote:
I've been working there for 15 years.
Until you've walked a mile in my moccasins...
But let me clarify a few things--KidsPeace has a long history of treating kids with emotional problems, not necessarily what would be considered juvenile delinquency, so it would be remiss to say these kids all belong in detention. And whoever you are criticizing the teachers and the aides, have we met? Have you been to my class? You don't know what you're talking about, and making generalizations and allowing your opinion to be influenced by the obviously biased Morning Call does not make you eligible to pass judgment on my workplace or my job performance!
A horribly tragic situation and my condolences to the family.
What about their #### offender unit? Close 'em I say! I say we start an online petition to close KidsPeace.
OH_BOY

Bethlehem, PA

#35 May 2, 2008
KP VET wrote:
I've been working there for 15 years.
Until you've walked a mile in my moccasins...
But let me clarify a few things--KidsPeace has a long history of treating kids with emotional problems, not necessarily what would be considered juvenile delinquency, so it would be remiss to say these kids all belong in detention. And whoever you are criticizing the teachers and the aides, have we met? Have you been to my class? You don't know what you're talking about, and making generalizations and allowing your opinion to be influenced by the obviously biased Morning Call does not make you eligible to pass judgment on my workplace or my job performance!
A horribly tragic situation and my condolences to the family.


emotional probs only? what about the 80 plus high risk sex offenders in my neighborhood? just emotional probs?
wha about the 100 plus kids who are so psychotic , they cant be out in public, yet kp drives by on a daily basis with vans from the hospital facility.
what about the sex offenders who are on an unlocked mon security campus in my neighborhood? HIGH RISK SEX OFFENDERS WITH OUT BEING LOCKED DOWN?
enough with the pity party teach.. if your class is that out of hand , go else where.you may not have a choice...

the kp admin blew this one. when the dollars were more impt than the safety for under trained, under educated and under staffed and don't forget a methadone taking counselor at a drug and alcohol facility. that's a disasterious mix on a daily basis. poor poor management, poor poor decisions by management..future looks aweful bleak...being close to the facility, we neighbors are on top of many issue that occur at kp...this company was in bad shape financialy and this tragic incident only means more serious money probs for the company.they cut 79 jobs the last time this happened. a child was not killed only had their bones shattered....time to look for a new job. this maight be a good idea for you and anyone else who works there.
Bill

Chicago, IL

#36 May 2, 2008
Silly filter that should read S-E-X offender unit. That's right they 'treat' rapists there. also they have units filled with gang members that they take in from Philly.
Ted

Secaucus, NJ

#37 May 2, 2008
Great idea Ted! I'll sign the petition, where is it? Close KidsPeace now!
rob_ melosky

Bethlehem, PA

#38 May 2, 2008
hey this sounds like a great place to work. smashing teens, just my cup of tea...if my naz coaching job falls through, i will be sure to get my application in. i am a great teacher. just ask the girls.
Bob

Whitehall, PA

#39 May 2, 2008
Bob here. I will sign that petition to close kidspeace Bill. You going to post a link?
once was helped

United States

#40 May 2, 2008
John Doe wrote:
<quoted text> Why dose are society feels you need recovering drug addict to be a counselor. Would you put the wolf in charge of the sheep?
Read the story...
The counselor is not a recovering addict. God forbid someone chose to earn a living and be self-sufficient in spite of having a chronic health condition.

As for the online petition to close KidsPeace, how about you signing up to help these kids out? You have no idea what most of these kids have been through and how much they can get out of a place like KidsPeace with the right out look and participation from their family in their recovery.
yankee_fan

Bethlehem, PA

#41 May 2, 2008
Bob wrote:
Bob here. I will sign that petition to close kidspeace Bill. You going to post a link?
guys no need to get all worked up with a petition. the courts will make sure kp slows down and eventually closes their empire...
knowing

Allentown, PA

#42 May 2, 2008
Before you go closing KP, you better have a plan for these kids. Detention Centers are packed so you won't be dumping them there. Not to mention there won't be mental health support there. And, yes, the court can then place them in a facility other than the detention center...but that would be KP or one similar. Local kids are placed all over, even Florida. Do you think those places are better?

KP fills a need. The unfortunate incidents look bad, certainly, but these kids are the toughest to deal with--mental health issues, behavioral issues, criminal backgrounds or all three!

Lighten up on the people who work there or go try it yourself so you have a real idea what's going on.

My issue is with the parent(s) who will sue and get lots of money in the name of a child they couldn't raise right in the first place and therefore ended up in the system.

I placed kids at KP as well as many other places so it was my job to know them inside and out.
typical_lib_resp onse

Bethlehem, PA

#43 May 2, 2008
once was helped wrote:
<quoted text>
Read the story...
The counselor is not a recovering addict. God forbid someone chose to earn a living and be self-sufficient in spite of having a chronic health condition.
As for the online petition to close KidsPeace, how about you signing up to help these kids out? You have no idea what most of these kids have been through and how much they can get out of a place like KidsPeace with the right out look and participation from their family in their recovery.
great..treat them all, but not in our counties...it's all over kp employees. it is going to get real ugly, real fast...typical lib response..no care for the employees.excuses for their behaviors. it happens all the time with you kp people.
typical_lib_resp onse

Bethlehem, PA

#44 May 2, 2008
once was helped wrote:
<quoted text>
Read the story...
The counselor is not a recovering addict. God forbid someone chose to earn a living and be self-sufficient in spite of having a chronic health condition.
As for the online petition to close KidsPeace, how about you signing up to help these kids out? You have no idea what most of these kids have been through and how much they can get out of a place like KidsPeace with the right out look and participation from their family in their recovery.
nothing against anyone who tries to work with a "chronic condition".
BUT NOT A METH TAKER AT A DRUG FACILITY AND RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WELL BEING OF THEIR CLIENTS. THIS PERSON SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAD THE METHADONE ON KP PROPERTY IN A VAN A CAROR A PURSE. DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE MAYBE?
what next michael jackson to counsel the HIGH RISK SEX OFFENDERS????
Jill

Whitehall, PA

#46 May 2, 2008
yankee_fan wrote:
<quoted text>
guys no need to get all worked up with a petition. the courts will make sure kp slows down and eventually closes their empire...
I agree that the courts should step in, but will they? Likely not. I say the petition stands a better chance of forcing our politicians' hands and shutting down KP.
once was helped

United States

#47 May 2, 2008
typical_lib_response wrote:
<quoted text>
great..treat them all, but not in our counties...it's all over kp employees. it is going to get real ugly, real fast...typical lib response..no care for the employees.excuses for their behaviors. it happens all the time with you kp people.
You have no idea how wrong you are... I am a lot of things, but a bleeding heart liberal is not one of them. I just happen to know first hand how successful treatment at KidsPeace can be.
Sam D

Seattle, WA

#48 May 2, 2008
Close Kidspeace! You can add my name to the petition!
John Doe

Philadelphia, PA

#49 May 2, 2008
once was helped wrote:
<quoted text>
Read the story...
The counselor is not a recovering addict. God forbid someone chose to earn a living and be self-sufficient in spite of having a chronic health condition. Did not say she was. Read the comment more carefuly.
As for the online petition to close KidsPeace, how about you signing up to help these kids out? You have no idea what most of these kids have been through and how much they can get out of a place like KidsPeace with the right out look and participation from their family in their recovery.
Did I say she was. Maybe you should read the comment more carefuly.

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