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    Default Boot camp guards used violence on many teens

    ... these sadists pieces of shit are a disgrace to their uniforms and deserve to be tried for manslaughter at the least.

    but the tragedy of that teenager's death is going to be compouned because the entire Boot Camp system in Florida is going to be closed down.

    these types of "get tough" systems are successful at reforming some high-risk youths who otherwise simply do not respond to authority.

    closing the entire system because of a handful of rotten bastards is a typical political knee-jerk, feel-good response. the people of Florida deserve better.

    Boot camp guards used violence on many teens
    5 involved in dozens of cases, including that of 14-year-old who died

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The guards at a juvenile boot camp videotaped kicking and punching a 14-year-old boy who later died had consistently used the same techniques on other youths, documents show.

    Five guards and a drill instructor had frequent physical altercations with detainees, according to documents from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office boot camp obtained by The Associated Press.

    Each of the men was involved in the Jan. 5 confrontation with Martin Lee Anderson. It occurred after he collapsed while exercising on his first day at the camp, and he died at a hospital the next morning.
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    Anderson was sent to the camp for a probation violation. The sheriff’s office has said the guards were trying to get him to participate after he became uncooperative.

    A medical examiner ruled that the boy died a natural death from sickle cell trait, a usually benign blood disorder.

    A second autopsy was done this week after the teen’s parents questioned those findings. A pathologist who observed the autopsy said Anderson may not have died of the blood disorder.

    Coroner sticks to ruling
    The medical examiner on Thursday defended his original findings.

    “My conclusion, based on more than a decade of practice, is that the exertion from exercise triggered Mr. Anderson’s sickle cell trait which caused Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC), resulting in hemorrhaging,” Dr. Charles Siebert said in a statement.

    In Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation, small blood clots develop throughout the bloodstream and can cause severe bleeding.

    It could take weeks for a cause of death to be determined.

    The five guards shown on the surveillance video were involved in at least 63 other instances using knee strikes, hammer-fist blows, ’pressure point’ restraints and other physical encounters with detainees, according to Florida Department of Juvenile reports filed in 2004 and 2005.

    Guard Patrick Garrett wrote the report on the Anderson case. He said Charles Enfinger and Joseph Walsh restrained the boy against a fence after he refused to run laps.

    “I ordered offender Anderson to stop resisting and relax his arms. When (he) refused to comply with those instructions, I applied a knee strike to his left thigh and escorted him to the ground,” Garrett wrote. “After reaching the ground, I applied a bent wrist to offender Anderson’s left wrist for approximately 7 seconds.”

    The report of the 30-minute ordeal said guard Henry Dickens poured water on Anderson and later applied a ’pressure point’ to his head. The technique was banned by the state in 2004.

    Garrett said the guards continued to “counsel” Anderson by applying knee strikes, pressure point blows and bending his wrists backward until he stopped responding.

    Camp being closed
    No guards have been arrested or fired. The camp no longer houses any juveniles and is being closed.

    Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday defended the state’s boot camp system, noting the number of juveniles going into the adult system has dropped 42 percent during his tenure as governor.

    “It’s up to the Legislature if they want to close boot camps,” Bush said. “This tragic case is something that we need to look at, investigate, prosecute if appropriate ... but it doesn’t mean that we should get rid of a policy that has yielded a good result.”

    © 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Yeah, right.

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    i am all for juvenile boot camps. in fact, im looking into becoming a drill instructor for one. i do agree with the knee-strike method of takedowns, and bent -wrist to SUBDUE a violent person, but the head pressure point? no way that should have ever been used, especially on a child. the former two techniques can only keep someone from moving, and the latter , being the head pressure point, can easily cause death. just recently at a youth camp in my area, a child died after having been restrained by the state-approved PRT technique. this is the same technique i use at my facility, and the same technique i used TWICE yesterday on violent children. don't think i don't sweat when apply it. im not there to kill a kid, just to keep them in line and from harming themselves or others. just thowing in my 2 cents.

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