ABC- A weeklong boot camp run by Los Angeles-area police departments that was meant to turn around misbehaving youth left seven of the kids with injuries consistent with abuse, investigators said.
Those seven were among 39 children who attended the boot camp from May 17 to 24, and all were being interviewed along with the drill instructors, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
Sheriff's spokesman Tony Cipolla declined to describe the injuries and said no charges have been filed.
The agency has never gotten a complaint about the 17-year-old camp before, Cipolla said.
Greg Owen, an attorney representing the parents of the children who had injuries, said most of them had cuts and bruises after being beaten bloody at times, and that one boy had a fractured hand. He said the lasting injuries will be emotional.
"Talking to the parents today, their kids can't sleep through the night, they don't want to go out of the house," he said. "That will never go away."
Confession: I am not a huge fan of whooping a kid's ass. I just think there are more affective ways of changing a child's behavior. However, if there was going to be a time when beating the shit out of a kid was okay, wouldn't it be boot camp? Think about the entire point of boot camp. It's a place where shitty kids go to get taught how to behave. It's basically the human version of obedience school. We aren't talking about 8 year olds. We are talking about teenagers. Teenagers whose parents have basically given on raising them because they are such a menace to society. I'm sure these kids got yelled at plenty of times by their parents and it didn't affect their behavior at all. So, isn't it kind of silly to pay to send your child away in hopes that a bigger, stronger, sterner person yelling at them will change their behavior?
Of course some of these kids got beat. If your kid sucks enough to be in a boot camp program, there might be a chance he needs some fucking impact correction. He probably needs to see his own blood once or twice to learn that the counselors mean business. You can only threaten a child so much with your words. It's not like the kids that left injured walked in the door on day one and were randomly beaten with a club. They walked in the door like they owned the joint and acted like snobby little cunts. That's why only 7 out of 39 children left injured. 32 kids were smart enough to realize why they were there. If your child left with a fractured hand then it means he was probably way more of an asshole than even you imagined. The main objective of a boot camp is to correct a child's behavior by any means necessary. I bet if those 7 shitheads returned home at 100% their parents would be clamoring for their money back the second that kid acted up again. Oh, your kid can't sleep through night? They don't want to go out of the house? Good, job well done. That means they aren't stealing, doing drugs, or committing other crimes. Those injuries may heal but those scars will never fade. You wanted your kid to get scared straight and that's exactly what happened. If you wanted your kid to come home the same as before you should have sent him to basketball camp, not boot camp. You get what you pay for in this world. In this case you paid for a reformed child, congratulations.
P.S. 17 years of boot camp without a single complaint. Do we think after nearly 2 decades they changed their policies, or this is just another case of pussification in 2015? Did these officers even watch 'Maury' growing up?