Monday, April 25, 2011

Template for testimonies

We would like to thank you in advance for considering to contribute to this blog. We acknowledge that it will be hard to remember a possible harsh episode in your life.

We can only pray that writing about this may create some solice in your life.

Here is a template with a number of questions which you can use as inspiration of your story.

Before and under the pickup

  • Were there signs which you now know about what was going to happen?
  • From where was you picked up?
  • What time was it when you was taken?
  • Did your parents introduce the transport team?
  • Did you try to resist?
  • Did they use restraints on you?
  • If they used restraints, what were they?
  • Did they use weapon (tazer, spray) on you?

During the transport

  • Did you change mean of transportation?
  • Were there breaks for meals and rest during the transport?
  • Did you wear restraints during the transport?
  • Did they tell you where you was going
  • Did your parents write you a letter to read during the transport

At the arrival at the program

  • How did they hand you over to the program

After returning home

  • Could you ever sleep without being alert?
  • How has the process affected your relationship with your parents?

Welcome to this blog

In this blog we will try to collect testimonies about how teenagers feel when their parents have hired professional transport firms to take them from their bed or off the street into a boot camp, a wilderness program, a treatment facility or a boarding school against their will.

While such firms are known only to operate in the United States, recently there have been examples of such activities in other countries too.

There are a number of methods parents can choose if they are concerned about the lifestyle their underage child might choose. According to a recent rather controversial ruling by the Supreme Court in the United States the parents don't have to prove illness by seeking advice by professionals like hospitals or counselors. They can decide on their own whether they believe that the behavior of their child could justify treatment. Once they decide that they will do that, they might:

  • They can sit down with their child and discuss possible option and then involve their child in the process of finding help
  • They can lure the child to the program on a disguised holiday and then leave their child at the program
  • They can hire a professional transport firm to collect their child from their home at night or on the streets if they child is living outside their home.

This blog will hopefully receive testimonies about how it is to be transported and how this experience has impacted the life of the teenagers later on.