Edit: This show has been postponed. It will probably air tomorrow or Wed (probably Wed.).
Tonight NBC is going to cover the troubled teen industry at 6:30. I hope it will be an eye opening experience for people unfamiliar with with some serious, troubling issues.
The troubled teen industry is full of violent, dangerous institutions that use Gitmo style brainwashing tactics to ‘fix’ troubled teens. Troubled teens can be anything from a teen who has a drug problem to a teen who got caught with a cigarette or beer to a GLBT teen. Parents literally contract people to kidnap their kids in the middle of the night to take them to these places. When you see those ‘tough love’ shows with drill sergants shouting at kids on daytime TV, this is where that leads to. It’s not about scaring kids straight, it’s about legalized abuse, torture and in some cases rape and murder.
If you want a typical story for what comes from these places check out Xander’s story or CBC’s excellent coverage of AARC in Alberta. CBC used to have a documentary on the issue called ‘Powerless’ but it’s been taken down after a long court fight with AARC. The entire industry is unregulated, so these bastards literally get away with murder and menticide. I’ve been active in the movement to shut down these torture chambers, but the US Senate refuses to legislate against them because the people running these places have deep pockets. I’m talking about serious scum of the earth, like Mel Sembler. If you want to keep up with what is going on with the movement against the trouble teen industry, check out troubled teens on Reddit.
Edit: I found CBC’s ‘Powerless’ documentary on YouTube. It’s in 4 parts: