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A Day In The Life Of A Teenager In The Troubled Teen Industry

An inside scoop on what it’s like living in hell on earth.


May 13, 2022


Children in the Troubled Teen Industry constantly experience extremely strenuous and draining days. From the time they wake up, to the time they go to bed, they are forced to do manual labor that takes an intense toll on not only their mental health, but their physical well-being as well. Here is what a day in the life of a kid at a therapeutic boarding school could look like.

4:30 AM - 9:00 PM

  • Begin by waking up and performing some type of labor. Such labor includes but is not limited to: preparing horses, chopping wood, making breakfast for the staff, etc.

  • After this, dorms must be cleaned. Everything must be perfect, or else the children are not allowed to eat. “Perfection” looks like: fingerspaces between hangers, clothes stacked in a specific manner, absolutely no dust, etc.

  • Once this is done, breakfast is cleaned up, again expected to be spotless. Often times, those who were punished and deprived of food steal it out of desperation. If caught, these children are put in isolation for an undisclosed amount of time.

  • Schooling typically lasts around three hours a day. When school is over, it is time for “attack therapy” and more manual labor. Attack therapy lasts one to two hours and is meant to break individuals, in addition to their relationships. It breedsa sense of distrust among students, to keep them subdued.

  • Shortly after attack therapy, work resumes. If in trouble, “work assignments” are doled out to “bad kids”. Work assignments can last months, and include tedious and nearly impossible tasks, such as digging out tree stumps. Digging out a tree stump takes no less than three months.

  • In the evening, each individual goes back to their dorm to get ready for dinner. They are silenced and used to the abuse, so they brush the day off and get ready to ration their food. Later, they are expected to “cuddle” with the staff.

  • The next day, they wake up and do it all over again. Day after day. For months, to years.

Educate yourself on treatment program red flags, and know the difference between "tough love" and abuse. We must put this practice to an end.

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