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#1
I remember there being a thread about this a few years ago but as far as I can tell it's long dead and I hoped that I could bring this to the attention of The Pit again.
Basically it's a "reform school" where parents can send their kids to be made into more acceptable kids.
It's also sick and evil.

Please read
http://www.isaccorp.org/tranquilitybay.asp


Here's some photos of the place
http://www.isaccorp.org/gallery/tranquilitybay/page1.html


It's been a long time since I was looking at this place so if anyone has any new info that'd be great (hopefully it's been shut down).

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#2
From reading through things myself I found that one mother had this to say about her daughter's experience.
[Name withheld by ISAC] was 15 when I saw the ad in a magazine. It advertised structure, excellent education while addressing issues of adolescents. I was 38, a single mother [identifying information withheld by ISAC].

Little things had started to happen after I was diagnosed. [My daughter] skipped school a few times, was involved in a car accident where another teenager was killed was drinking and driving, staying out and sneaking out.

I made the call from the magazine and discussed with my son then a freshman in college. He looked on the internet, called them and as a father figure in her life thought it was a good program and education.

[My daughter] didn't realize what was happening or even why when she was placed in handcuffs and finally a straight jacket. Jay assured me this was normal and also reminded that I had chosen to "deliver" her. He wanted to have her scooped from her bed in the middle of the night by strangers and whisked to JA to TB. But, I wanted to see this highly "regarded program" about education and structure.

We did the paper work, I gave them $33,000 cash, US. They took her passport, school documents, books, clothes, etc.

We could hear her screaming and then she stopped. Randall said she stopped because she was with the other "students" and they were having lunch.

I ask to see her room and felt it was a long shot from what had been described as a dorm to me. But, I knew she was spoiled and could use a dose of reality. My son too felt it was time for her to have the structure I couldn't give her.

We were then told that we couldn't talk to her "anytime" as we had been told in the telephone interviews. But, that she would earn those rights based on behavior. How long I ask, "oh it could be six weeks or longer. It depends on her."

We didn't leave Treasure Beach for two days as I wanted to find out more. I tried to talk to guards as they would leave the main road, but they refused to talk as cameras "where everywhere."

We drove to Port Antonio and met with our friends [names withheld by ISAC]. [He] had family in [withheld by ISAC] and he felt he could find out more for me. I went to Kingston and talked to the Embassy, US and the Jamaica officials. There were no reports of anything that was alarming they said. I researched the newspaper archives for articles, still nothing.

We returned to the US. We were appointed a contact, a very nice Jamaican lady that would call me at my expense every week. After 3 weeks and no calls I started call TB every day and sometimes 3 to 4 times per day. I was taking chemo, trying to parent and keep our home and worrying myself to death.

Finally a lady called me, (I don't have her name as those records are in storage) She said [my daughter] was settling into the program quite well but that she had continous yeast infections "from the heat."

I ask for them to take her to the doctor. They didn't for a long time until she bled when she urinated. The doctor turned out to be a paid off quack that worked for TB and kept quiet.

I mailed her prescriptions for the yeast infections. She then became constipated and they said it was because she refused to eat. Soon, I would discover that she was fed so little that a bowel movement only happened rarely.

Finally I was able to talk to her, even though she had not received enough levels "because she needs to hear you say you will not remove her and that you can't!" I checked all the paperwork and couldn't find anything I signed that said that.

When I talked to her it was obvious we were monitored. She did't ask to come home and answered everything as "fine." She sounded so calm and even said, "this is what I need."

By then [my friend in Jamaica] was finding out information from his family.

So, I flew to JA and went with [my friend] to see [name withheld by ISAC] and told her what I knew and how sick [my daughter] was all the time. She told me that she knew several guards and would have them check on [my daughter]. Two days later she called [my friend] and told us that [my daughter] was kept in solitary confinement most of the time. That when she wet herself she had buckets of water poured over the top of the 4x4 booth that she was shackled in. She was given one bowl of cornmeal mush a day and sometimes a piece of fruit and water from a tin bucket.

I called and demanded to speak to Jay or Randall. I went to the site but was refused entry. I drove to Kingston to the embassy and filed complaints. I went to the police headquarters and filed complaints. I can't begin to tell you the hell that I was going through and I will never know all that [my daughter] was going through.

Finally the embassy advised TB to let [my friend] in to see [my daughter], but that I should be kept at a distance so [my daughter] would not see me and "cause problems."

[My friend] was allowed to sit across from [my daughter] in an outside gazebo. She kept her eyes down and barely spoke. Her mouth was covered with blisters and her wrists were bruised. A guard stood close enough to hear and watch everything. [My friend] tried to hug [my daughter] hello but she screamed and stepped back, even though she had known him for several years. I stood on the upper terrace of the dorms and could see she didn't carry herself the same and that she sat with her hands under her legs. She didn't have on any of the clothes that I had sent, but long pants and a man's shirt, even though it was over 100 degrees. She ask [my friend], "how bad to I look? We are not allowed to see in a mirror or even look into the water for a reflection." He said you look a little sad and sick. She didn't answer, but tears slid down her cheeks. She looked bloated. When she arrived six weeks before she was a 5'5" student, with beautiful shiny long hair and weighed 120 pounds. She had been a ballerina most of her life.

Now, she limped, slumped, slurred, and had large bald spots. I later found out they pulled out her hair to make her look as ugly as she really was.

The entire time I am watching her and [my friend], I was surrounded by Randall, two upper level students, and 2 guards.

In about 10 minutes the meeting came to an abrupt end and [my daughter] was led away. She looked up and I thought she saw me, but didn't let on.

I knew that I would get her out, I just didn't know how.

I flew back to the States but no attorney wanted to become involved because of "lack of evidence and no physical evidence."

Five days after I was back into the US, TB called. The call came from Randall on behalf of Jay. [My daughter] was in a clinic and very ill. She had been caught taking food from the night shift along with 3 other girls. "She became so upset that she has made herself ill."

I flew the next morning to Kingston and was met by [my friend].

When I went to the clinic she was not there. the "doctor" would not give me her records or info. He just said, that he "didn't know how she had lived this long." The doctor was in a small town nearby.

We drove to TB. They would not let our car or hand bags through the gates, but they let me go alone. [My friend] stayed with the car. I found her in an unairconditioned room, with no windows, open door no screen on a mat. She could not talk but her eyes were open and dry. Her mouth was matted with blood and her entire body was covered with blisters. She was so filthy that I couldn't stand the stinch. No one was with her. No one came with me. Someone took one bag of her things and threw them over the gate to [my friend].

I picked my child up in my arms and she flinched. She was in rags and I would not have even known her in another enviroment. I saw the lady that was suppose to be my contact. She mouthed, "i'm sorry."

I had just completed a series of chemo and had traveled back and forth 4 or 5 times to JA. But, [my daughter] was so bloated but weighed so little that even at my weight of 105 and sick she was easy to carry. They opened the gate just enough to get her through. [My friend] helped me load her in the back of his car. Someone threw a sheet over the fence.

We drove to Treasure Beach Hotel and I got a room. We put her on the bed and I undressed my child. The smell of the blisters was like rotten flesh. Her hair was full of lice and her sores had magots in them. Her blood pressure was so low we couldn't get a pulse.

We had something like gatorade and forced it down her with a straw. I put her in the tub in cool water but she only stared.

[My friend] went into the village a bought antibiotics and creams and things that I had not brought with me. [My daughter’s] fever was raging.

The next day we drove to Kingston, but the hospital refused to see her when they found out where she had come from. We drove on to Port Antonio and even [my friend’s] doctor, a friend was very guarded in treating her.


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#3
I've been there. I think it was called a Holiday Inn
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#4
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She would have to be quaranteened becaused no one knew what she had. But, I soon found out she had been raped, sodomized, beaten, starved, forced to bath in an infested river, wash her clothes in the same river and drink the same water.

I stayed in [Port Antonio] with her for 3 weeks. We slowly started to see an improvement and finally she agreed to go to the Beach for the day. She was afraid of the guard at the Beach and cried. She had to sleep with me. I had to cut most of her hair off to get it free of lice.

Her mouth and teeth were so unkept that she couldn't eat much. I left her there for three additional weeks because I wanted to go to the US first to find out where I should take her. The doctors said she might have "ganga"?

She talked a little to [my friend], but slept on the floor outside of their room. I called every day and finally felt as if she was strong enough to travel and well enough that she would not be put in quaranteen.

When we took off from Montego she started crying and didn't stop for days.

My daughter is now 22, a student and lives in [withheld by ISAC]. She is strong, resourceful, loyal and beautiful.

We now talk about all that happened to her, sometimes in the middle of the night she calls me and sobs.

I can't tell her story because it is hers. It's a story about a young girl and has grown into a strong woman, years older than 22.

My child is alive because I did't give up and because I had insight contacts. I will never forgive myself for my lack of judgement or forgive my government for lack of assistance or knowledge of these programs. And please don't forget, in the magazine ad it was approved with the "Good Housekeeping" seal of approvement.

This is the story of a mother that will never let the world forget what our children have endured.
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#5
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I've been there. I think it was called a Holiday Inn



After reading that massive post... That short remark made me crack up.
#6
Whats wrong with trying to fix a young persons life? Agreed some parents send them there unfairly, but i bet the majority need to go there, but if its brainwashing ****, then it deserves to burn :P

If its there to help the mental blocks on teenagers and get rid of self asteem issues, then woop :P if not, expect to read a story on the news of a fire :P
#7
Quote by Anthony1991
Whats wrong with trying to fix a young persons life? Agreed some parents send them there unfairly, but i bet the majority need to go there, but if its brainwashing ****, then it deserves to burn :P

If its there to help the mental blocks on teenagers and get rid of self asteem issues, then woop :P if not, expect to read a story on the news of a fire :P

Read before posting your opinions

Hell, there's even pretty pictures for you to look at.


I soon found out she had been raped, sodomized, beaten, starved, forced to bath in an infested river, wash her clothes in the same river and drink the same water.

That is far worse than simple brainwashing.

Many people were sent there simply for "hanging around with the wrong crowd".
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-Ronald Reagan

"Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness."
-George Washington
#8
edit:
I had just seen the pictures, and it looked sort of typical, but after reading that story, that's definitely not a normal for a reform school.

Double edit:
Read all the stuff. That's really screwed up.

And looking at their website, it looks like it's still open.
Last edited by saltysnail at Aug 19, 2008,
#9
Wow, I've heard about this place, and I thought it was straight up brainwashing with a bit of physical abuse, y'know like the good old army, but this is a helluva lot worse than I was expecting. It's easy to see how an outfit like this could work, what with the connections in high up places.
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#10
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There are lots of reform schools. Basically, it's like being in the military without fighting/training to fight. It's actually good for the kids. They realize how fortunate they were to have their old life, and they have to be good to get it back.

A family on my block had to send almost all their kids there for various reasons(addictions, stealing, drinking, and other, more sick suff), and they came back mostly normal (more normal than before).



Have you read what I posted here mate?
Please do and then come back and see if you can make that statement again.
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#11
its a ****ing concentration camp for "misunderstood" children
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#12
sick ****ers
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Wow.

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#13
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its a ****ing concentration camp for "misunderstood" children


I reckon there's a pun somewhere.

Kid having trouble at school - not concentrating in class.
Parents think: 'I know, we'll send him to concentration camp'.

Something around that area. I'm not in the mood for thinking up jokes.
#14
Holy ****... I jsut read that entire thing...

I must say, cash to pay for it? In a magazine? Sorry but some of those things just SCREAM "I may not be legit".

But I still feel really sorry for her daughter. And still insanely proud of the daughter as well, to come out of that and be determined and strong? Wow.
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#15
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Whats wrong with trying to fix a young persons life? Agreed some parents send them there unfairly, but i bet the majority need to go there, but if its brainwashing ****, then it deserves to burn :P

If its there to help the mental blocks on teenagers and get rid of self asteem issues, then woop :P if not, expect to read a story on the news of a fire :P


The alternative to what you wrote is: 'Hi, i'm an idiot! Please disregard everything I say!'

Threadstarter, that story was truly shocking...I hope this place has been shut down
#16
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I reckon there's a pun somewhere.

Kid having trouble at school - not concentrating in class.
Parents think: 'I know, we'll send him to concentration camp'.

Something around that area. I'm not in the mood for thinking up jokes.


I thought you were going to point out the fact he said ****ing and she got sodomised and I felt incredibly dirty and wrong for thinknig it was in ANYWAY funny
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#17
Damn, that place is almost as bad as Boot Camp. I bet half those parents simply don't want to be bothered with the responsibility of raising their kid and just dump them there. A place like that shouldn't even exist anywhere near America.
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#18
A poem:
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you fail.

I soon found out she had been raped, sodomized, beaten, starved, forced to bath in an infested river, wash her clothes in the same river and drink the same water.


do you seriously believe that is the kin of treatment that would make a child more "normal"?
#19
I don't care what any of you say, some times it gets to a point where you have to weigh the suffering of many (those effected by troublesome kids) against the suffering of one (the troubled youth). Obviously the extent that this woman claims is far beyond anything that should be done. No one should ever be sexually violated or forcefully exposed to biologically unsafe conditions. But a little taste of their own medicine (extreme discipline and degradation) isn't out of line.
#20
Why is the mother acting so self-righteous when it was her who sent her daughter there in the first place?

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#21
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do you seriously believe that is the kin of treatment that would make a child more "normal"?

Did you read what I wrote?

I had just seen the pics, but hadn't read the articles, and up until then it didn't seem too over the top, but after reading the articles, I realized how nasty and disturbing it was.
#22
That's absolutely disgusting, and it begs the question; has anything been done about it?
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I don't care what any of you say, some times it gets to a point where you have to weigh the suffering of many (those effected by troublesome kids) against the suffering of one (the troubled youth). Obviously the extent that this woman claims is far beyond anything that should be done. No one should ever be sexually violated or forcefully exposed to biologically unsafe conditions. But a little taste of their own medicine (extreme discipline and degradation) isn't out of line.


Yeah!

Rape and beat those kids repeatedly!

That'll sure give 'em some discipline and make them respectable!

#25
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I don't care what any of you say, some times it gets to a point where you have to weigh the suffering of many (those effected by troublesome kids) against the suffering of one (the troubled youth). Obviously the extent that this woman claims is far beyond anything that should be done. No one should ever be sexually violated or forcefully exposed to biologically unsafe conditions. But a little taste of their own medicine (extreme discipline and degradation) isn't out of line.

If you read the news article (first link) you'll see that very few of them are there because they were seriously off the rails. Many just disobeyed their parents by hanging out with the wrong crowd and wearing the wrong clothes or other such things

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Drugs feature high among reasons for choosing Tranquility, although addicts who need detox are not accepted. Running away from home, sleeping around, or being expelled from school are also typical. Some kids have been in trouble with the police. Others had been in court, where their parents persuaded the judge to let them send their child to Tranquility, rather than issue his own punishment. Other students were sent here for wearing inappropriate clothes, using bad language, or hanging around with the wrong sort of friends.
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#26
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Why is the mother acting so self-righteous when it was her who sent her daughter there in the first place?

Feel some guilt, woman.

While I agree that she needs to feel some guilt for what happened, she didn't know the full extent of what went on in that program.

Personally, I think these "reform" schools are bull****. They don't work, for the most part. The kids only come back stronger, meaner, and full of more hate. That's just from my experiences, observing a couple friends that had been sent to reform/military school.
#27
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I reckon there's a pun somewhere.

Kid having trouble at school - not concentrating in class.
Parents think: 'I know, we'll send him to concentration camp'.

Something around that area. I'm not in the mood for thinking up jokes.



yeah it's a vague pun,i didn'tput much thought into it..a cookie for you sire,BUT YOU HAVE TO EAT IT ON THE FLOOR,FLIKE A DOG A DOG
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#28
wow thats pretty ****ed up, i mean thats not even re-education, thats jsut straight up brainwashing and torture, the worst thing is they dont tell anyone what is going on, and the fact that none of the staff are trained n child development. also what kind of sucess story is it if only 20 percent of the people actually graduate?/
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#29
yea in some ways it is the mothers responsibility to know exactly where she is sending her daughter and because she didnt do that look what happened, she should be ashamed of herself
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#30
Where's denizenz saying she deserved it and kids need to be shown discipline?

And that is one of the most horrible things I've ever read. If that place isn't closed well there really is something wrong with the world.
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#31
Sounds to me like some parents are really stupid. That lady should get her kids taken away by the government on the grounds of severe neglect.
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#33
I feel like creating a small militia to attack this place.
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#36
I really dont know what to say that I could type without getting all the stars blocking my words.. They are sick bastards and those parents are pretty ignorant to. I know the mother eventually felt guilty and got her child out but there are still parents who will just keep them there till they are 18! It's not a daycare and when you find out you cant talk to your child dont you get suspicious?!
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#37
Man, I pity the girl. She was like 15?
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#39
Oh my god, that's fucked up.
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