Boot camp for teens?NEWS FACT: Martin Lee Anderson, 14, died last year after being beaten at a Florida boot camp Software from Apple that enables an Intel x86-based Macintosh to host the Windows XP operating system. Boot Camp is used to divide the hard disk into Windows and Mac partitions, to install the necessary drivers and to create a dual boot environment. for juveniles. Seven guards and a nurse at the state-run facility where Anderson died have been charged with aggravated manslaughter [unlawful killing In English law unlawful killing is a verdict that can be returned by an inquest in England and Wales. The verdict means that a death was caused by another person, without lawful excuse and in breach of the criminal law, in other words homicide. ].
Teen boot camps are modeled after military training camps, and can be either public or private. If a teen commits a crime, the judge may order him or her to go to a state-run boot camp instead of jail. Typically, teens sent to boot camps follow a structured schedule for about 90 days. Activities include military-style drills, exercise, and some academic work. Although such programs can be rigorous, many teens say that boot camps helped them turn their lives around.
Teens sent to private camps usually do not have criminal records. But they may be using drugs and alcohol, or falling behind in school. Parents who have lost control of their kids pay thousands of dollars to enroll them in such programs.
Supporters of state-run boot camps say that they are more productive than confining youths in prison. But teens are still at risk. Dozens have died in those camps because of harsh conditions and excessive discipline. As a result of Anderson's death, Florida dismantled its boot-camp system and replaced it with juvenile facilities that focus on education and counseling. Today, nearly 20 states still operate boot camps.
What Do You Think?
Is boot camp the answer for out-of-control teens?
"Sometimes teens should go somewhere to get help, and sometimes [they] need a little punishment," says Jacob Madle, 13, an eighth-grader at Alpena High School in Alpena, Arkansas Alpena is a town in Boone County, Arkansas and Carroll County, Arkansas. The population was 371 at the 2000 census. Geography
Alpena is located at (36.293713, -93.296233)GR1. . He doesn't believe, however, that teens should be beaten. "I would definitely not send a teen to a place that gives that degree of punishment."
Some programs sag they use only "appropriate discipline." According to according to
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3. its Web site, the Texas Youth Commission Sheffield Boot Camp offers only "the positive aspects" of traditional boot camp, including clear rules and group counseling.
Such programs can help troubled teens turn their lives around. It worked for Mike, a former inmate at Liahona Academy Liahona Preparatory Academy is a private school in Utah County, Utah, United States, founded by Brent and Koleen Degraff, that teaches students grades 5-12. They teach based on the beliefs of the LDS Church. Liahona has been in operation 11 years, sense 1996. , a boot camp for bogs in Utah. "Thank you for everything you have done for me," he wrote on the academy's Web site. "I owe you my life."
Jordan Riak, executive director of Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education, believes that even the nonviolent techniques that boot camps use to discipline teens are a form of "brainwashing brainwashing
Systematic effort to destroy an individual's former loyalties and beliefs and to substitute loyalty to a new ideology or power. It has been used by religious cults as well as by radical political groups. ." Such techniques include enforced exercise, verbal humiliation Verbal humiliation is when a person humiliates another intensely through disparaging comments. This has two main aspects:
Sara Ramsey, 14, agrees. "Boot camps are meant to break people down, and make them conform to Verb 1. conform to - satisfy a condition or restriction; "Does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?"
coordinate - be co-ordinated; "These activities coordinate well" something they may not be," says the ninth-grader at Richland High School Richland High School may refer to: Richland High School
Once a troubled teen herself, author Maia Szalavitz says that putting "kids who are already suffering ... through more suffering is psychologically backwards." Lack of regulation and oversight, she adds, makes boot camps a potentially dangerous place for vulnerable teens.
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