...for whatever reason he’s lost, it doesn’t matter. But we need to
help because if we don’t, who will?” were words from one volunteer
searcher.Probably the only words of wisdom about the whole situation!
I worked in a wilderness program fairly similar to the one described for several
years. The young people who attend these programs are usually sent there because
they are "at-risk." In all of my time there, I can count the amount of
"runners" we had in my camp on one hand. It is very rare for someone to
try and leave the program. That being said, our program did not take their
shoes at night or force them to do death marches. This difference in approach is
a major reason that our program has had so much success.One should be
cautious before judging this child or the program. These groups are generally
highly regulated and there is very little sexual or other abuse happening. When
a kid decides to run, it's almost always because they want to escape the
circumstance they found themselves in. We shouldn't try to point
fingers, we should simply be happy that this young man was found safe and alive.
So, Fredsgirl1, you have been a participant in this program and have first hand
knowledge of such abuses? Not that such is impossible, but this UT not MA.
As a juvenile, his privacy is protected by the State and his prior record and
convictions are not available to the general public as they would be if he were
an adult. As such, juveniles are placed into such programs as a last-ditch
effort to rehabilitate them before becoming an adult and being committed to that
system. To title them as “troubled” is the politically correct term
used nowadays instead of “criminal” but there is no legal
difference. And these rehabilitation programs actually have a very
good success rate. It’s unfortunate that the only time they make the news
is when something drastic happens – the same as car accidents, murders,
molestations. The few that appear in the news do not account for the hundreds
who have changed their lives around as a result of the program. Nobody wants to
hear about safe drivers, people who are living as they should or youth programs
that are working.No, as a society, we want the sensational, the
dramatic. “If it bleeds, it leads” is more than just an adage.
Thankful this young man was found! Bless you!Have to agree with
Fredsgirl. These camps & Utah boarding schools for youth in need of
behavioral help are beyond a joke. Sorry EJM, I'm no armchair quarterback,
but lived through "wilderness survival training for troubled youth" in
Utah as a teen. One teen died. What was my offense? Not living up to my
potential & hardly a crime. There are plenty of kids who have the
"crime" of a stepmom who'd prefer they not be around! Then there
are foster kids who sadly end in these programs.Ever read the book or see
the movie Holes? Yes, these camp, school & group home owners abuse kids,
have no education & are in it for the money.
Armchair quarterbacks. Love reading the postings. Glad he was found. But there
was a reason why he was removed from home and placed with the state. Better here
now to learn a lesson than to be housed down at the prison in draper in the
future. I'm hopeful.
Looking for reasons why he ran, I'll give you a few: Bulling by camp
inmates, ulling by camp personell, sexual abuse by fellow camp mates, sexual
abuse from came personel.And if he "Snitches" on these
people, why would the authorities believe a troubled boy in the program?
So many keyboarding experts, but so few who really understand what it takes to
turn a young life around, and even fewer who are willing to put in the effort
and take the risks...
I'm not a fan of these "wilderness" programs. They usually
don't change kids lives and every year it seems like we either have a kid
dead, injured severely or lost.
I can not see how he could be charged with anything (additional). Any fines
would be passed on to his parent(s).They have already paid this Youth Camp to
have responsibility over their kid. I'm sure they (parents) are being
charged by this business at least $3,000+/mo to fix their kid. any charges would
have to be levied against the Those (a business) that had responsibility over
this kid at the time. They should also be billed for all costs involved with the
search. This could be the best thing for this kid, He probably just
figured out being out on his own, responsible for your own actions, is not all
that easy, or as we used to say, "It's Tough Out West". I hope the
best for this kid, not some trumped up charge by the county or state for
Usually kids in these programs are there because of juvenile criminal activity.
They are sometimes given the option to participate in these programs as a means
of avoid juvenile detention for things they've done. So, if that was the
case for him, it means he'll be facing whatever charges he was probably
hoping to avoid, as well as the new charges for leaving the program.
Yeah, it always cracks me up when we want to throw more "charges" on a
kid who is just trying to figure some stuff out.If he didn't
break any law, lay off the kid and let the ranch for "troubled youth"
"A judge will determine what will happen next with him. 'He might be
facing additional charges because he left the program," Sollis
said.'"Why? Was he under court order to be at the camp in
the first place? Solis references *additional* charges. Where there *original*
charges?This story seems to be lacking the background information.