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The documentary details the experiences of several teenagers who were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to Escuela Caribe at their parents' behest. The film focuses on the plight of a Colorado high school student, David, sent to the school by his parents after he told them he was gay. The film also documents the experiences of two girls: Beth, who was sent to the school because of a "debilitating anxiety disorder", and Tai, who was sent for behavioral problems resulting from childhood trauma
Logan did not initially know of the school's controversial nature, and the original premise was not an expose on the school. Footage for the documentary was shot at the school during a seven week period in 2006. Director Kate Logan interviewed former students including Julia Scheeres, author of the bestseller Jesus Land, who was subjected to the school's abuse in the 1980s
Logan emphasizes that Escuela Caribe is one of many such schools, part of a $2 billion industry, operating with little or no oversight from any government to monitor educational quality or basic student safety. “I want people to be aware that this is a problem, and it’s a problem we can do something about,” she says. She hopes audiences will call on governments to hold these schools accountable.
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
I have not seen it but what a heartbreaking story! Do you know if the facility is still operating? Seems there are others, too...
A closing title informs that there are thousands of behavior modification programs (not all religion-based) for American youth worldwide, none regulated by the government; those off the U.S. mainland seem located there precisely to elude outside scrutiny. Escuela Caribe, which in fact closed its doors after several decades in 2012 (only to have another such enterprise take over its grounds), uses techniques like a “quiet room” (i.e., solitary confinement) and “swats” (paddle spanking).