Gina Jones, the mother of year-old Martin Lee Anderson, has accused the state-run facility of murdering her son and covering up the incident by refusing to release the grainy, minute video until forced to do so by a court order. According to the family's lawyers, the video shows the officers beating, choking and kicking Martin, who died in hospital the day after the incident at the Bay County sheriff's department boot camp in north Florida on January 5. Two other black teenagers have died in boot camps. The Bay County coroner ruled last week that Martin's death was due to internal bleeding brought on by sickle cell disease, a condition that afflicts about one in 20 African Americans. None of the officers have been disciplined, although a criminal inquiry has been launched. I couldn't stand to see The camp's CCTV cameras recorded the alleged beating after Martin complained of being short of breath.
Martin Anderson case
Florida boot camp staff cleared in teen's death - Reuters
As a parent of two and a psychologist, I know that being a parent is one of the toughest jobs of your life. To parent a teenager- and a challenging teenager at that, you need to have really effective strategies to navigate through these years. Read More Are you interested in joining the United States Military?
Autopsy: Boot camp guards killed teen
Note: I posted a shorter version of this diary yesterday, at a busy time when diaries were quickly scrolling away: Teens Abused, Dying, at "Boot Camps. I think that's good advice. Horrifying stories of children and teens being abused and even killed in "boot camps" for troubled youth are surfacing during a GAO investigation of these camps. Many of these "camps" are run by fundamentalist Christians who believe the Bible commands strict physical discipline of kids with behavior problems. The first federal inquiry into boot camps and wilderness programs for troubled teens cataloged 1, incidents of abuse in 33 states in , a congressional investigation out Wednesday reveals.
It's not uncommon for a parent to begin questioning options for a misbehaving teenager. Whether a teen is running away or refusing to attend school, many parents begin to think a military-style boot camp might be the only option they have left to straighten their teen out. Many parents turn to teen boot camps as a way to try and save their teen from incarceration, substance abuse problems, gangs, or even death.