Ladoga Academy wants to meet neighbors

Oct 13, 2007 Full story: The Journal Review 132

“Based on what I've heard, I think people's perception of us would be that we are a correctional facility”

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Since: Jul 12

Paris, IL

#104 Jul 11, 2012
Chad g that's garrison rite. I was in jordan and eden moved in with the jordan house. Pete shelton and bobby sekerak was in my house I could name just about everyone there. Mr hudelson mr king mr newman mr marcom. Im the hawaiian if that helps. I was there from 94 till may 96
Chad G

Anderson, IN

#105 Jul 17, 2012
Ahhh ok. Man, I always thought you were ndn, never thought islander. I've been hangin out with a bunch of Samoans for the past 5 yrs, now that I think of it, it makes sense. lol

As for the G, no, it's not Garrison. It's Gross. I was in Galilee, again memory might be shot. A couple months before I left I ended up being roomed up with Matt McKinsey (I believe that was his last name),he was a tall white skinny boy, thought he was the best at everything.

I didn't really care for Mr. Newman. I remember getting him suspended for assult at one point. Mr. King I remember. We had Mr. Hill I believe and another guy, don't remember the last name though.

So, how's life been treating ya?

Since: Jul 12

Paris, IL

#106 Jul 18, 2012
My bad chad gross I do remember. Matt was a punk sometimes. I owned him on the court. I seen on your other post u kept in contact with nate conrad. Id like to talk to him. Tell him I said hi if he remembers me and to get ahold of me. Ddtb1979@aol.com.....that's my email. Man it crazy talking to ppl from there. Glad everything is good. Im just working playing ball taking care of the kids. Anyway great to hear from u. Anyone else u keep in contact with from there?
michele millsap

Auburn, IN

#107 Aug 10, 2012
I was in Ladoga When I was 14!!! Its not that bad!!! Tennagers make mistakes too an they send us there to prepare us of what our lives are gonna hold if we don't change!! The staff was awesome when I was there, I have actually been trying to get in contact with them because i miss them!!! So to all the parents who hear from your kids its so bad!! They make it what it is so tell your kids to straighten up!!! You parents dont go there for you dont know what its like!!!!!!!!!! Thanks michele

Since: Jul 12

Paris, IL

#108 Aug 13, 2012
Michele what years were u there
ladonna borders

United States

#109 Sep 14, 2012
I can't believe what I'm seeing ...it's crazy how I knew all along that Ladoga academy was going to turn out to make a headliner of news.I can say that the placement was a very scary experience for me& I was there for 6months.everyone including the staff was crazy and when riots broke out I was not apart of that ..and didn't want to be.just recently I seen like the whole administrator staff at my job with their children and it was crazy and scary for me because all I could remember was how mean they were then and how happy they look now.
maybe Ladoga had intention on helping the girls but they failed 100%and there are girl scared because of this program but if you ask me it was a life changer for me I was 16 when I left and had not been back to juvenile or Ladoga since ..so it did some good for me obviously. I always think about this little girl that was there and wonder how she is doing. She was the youngest girl there.
Samantha Lytle

Alpena, MI

#110 Oct 11, 2012
I was also a student at Ladoga Academy. The worst 9 months of my ENTIRE life. I, as well, have nightmare about the trauma while in "treatment". Certainly, the only thing Ladoga taught me, is how I never want to be treated. I hardly ever spoke a word, but to keep me there and make their money the administrators would put in my report that I was "manipulative" and "narcissitic". Horrible people. I did meet some truly great people, who had suffered trauma prior to Ladoga that were placed there for that reason. They needed help. Did they get it? No. They got tormented and treated like dirt! I can't even begin to tell you how hard it was to watch a 9 year old little girl cry herself to sleep every night. My heart ached for that child, and I was only a child myself. Some staff memebers allowed the girls in my dorn to fornicate periodically. HORRIBLE. I didn't ever say anything, for fear that I would get called a lying, manipulator. Lord knows, I didn't want to spend any more time in that hell than I had to. I'm glad my time there is over and that that hell hole is shut down. I don't feel one ounce of regret for the admins. They got what was coming to them.
Samantha Lytle

Alpena, MI

#111 Oct 11, 2012
Any ladies that I was in Ladoga with, please feel free to contact me. It feels great to have other people who understand and can identify with me. www.facebook.com/samantha.a.lytle
Marla Colette

New Albany, IN

#112 Oct 21, 2012
My daughter was in Ladoga. She was sent because of her parents (her father and I). It wasn't anything she had done, I do want to make that clear. Those who know me know the reasons, others can speculate all they want.

I think my daughter is the young 9 year old mentioned above in two postings. She was the little red head girl. I want to thank everyone who showed her compassion while she was in there. It did make a difference to us all. If I could hug all of you who helped with my daughter, I would. I cannot express my gratitude enough. Emily Bird was fantastic to us. I owe her so much.

On visits there, we went to LA ROSA on Main Street Antique Mall. Marcheta Dixon let us stay there late playing with the items in her store. She was also a great thing which happened to us. If not for her, we would have had no where to go when it was cold outside.

Ladoga was a horrible place. There were some staff who were down right evil. There were a few who were kind. Knowing my daughter was in there was torture for me. I can only imagine what she went through. She'll carry that in her heart and mind forever. I am glad there were some of you who did show her some love and compassion. She still speaks of some of you in many good ways. If you ever wonder if you have done anything which made a difference in someone's lives, you did with us. Thank you-thank you-thank you!
F dorm 01-02

Kingsport, TN

#113 Oct 24, 2012
I was there twice. I kept my mouth shut and did what I was told. Also I was in a great dorm, F. The most the girls got in trouble there was for taking the stickers off the bananas or giving each other nicknames.Well besides the time that we got the new staff member to give us a pack of cigarettes then take us to smoke them in the shower area. I believe it was Cockwright who smelled it and came in the dorm to sniff our hands and breath. He was so mad that all of us smelled like lotion and fresh minty breath. After threatening to drop all of us one girl took the blame for us and the staff was let go right then. I did see a lot of craziness. At the time I thought it was abuse, but now being older and have had worked in a similar place I understand. The staff had to protect themselves from the attacks. Yes they might have been a rough but they did what they had to. I was at a group home that was much worse than this place! I eventually was removed from there the first time for having a relationship with a staff member (I was 14 and he was 22). The second time I was there I was greeted at the door by the director and told that I would not be allowed around the male staff and should not even be talking to them. While there the second time I was place in the "frequent flyer" dorm. I only stayed for a few weeks before my county decided that there was no reason to have me there. I did feel like the second time I was blamed solely for what happened with the male staff member. I was young and realized that if I went along with him I would make levels easier. I am sure I would have made them either way, I was a favorite with most staff there. At night they would bring me in pizza and candy after the others were sleeping. I never got written up for talking the in the dorms or walking with my arms down.I was allowed to go to the next dorm in the evenings to hang out with those girls. I did feel bad for a long time because that man is now a register sex offender (my foster mom found out about it and the police found pictures of me at his house) but now I think that I was 14, he was a man who took advantage of the situation with a stupid girl.
I see all these complaints about the place, but we all screwed up some way to get there. As for the staff being to ruff with you and hurting you, well what do you expect when you swing on them or even hit them? There will always be a reaction to your action.
mike todd

United States

#114 Dec 3, 2012
I was a house parent in the eden house in the late 80's early 90's. The place was great. I really enjoyed working with the kids. I even started a bible bowl team there. Those were some great timea. I miss the times that I spent with the kids. If anyone wants to email me the address is scor816@aol.com
Looking forward to hearing from some of you
Mike
murphy lee

Roachdale, IN

#115 Dec 7, 2012
I worked at the academy for about 4 monthes and I must say, it was hard to be apart of that place, the girls, were really from all different walks of life, then put together despite the reason they were there. It took sometime before I got the girls to realize I wanted to take them home, most of them shouldnt of been there. I watched a male officer assult a girl by the name of Garcia (she was my favorite) just a lost kiddo, after one day on the floor I was already taken up to the training room to basically be told I was soft and may not be able to handle the job, i told them I just wanted to be able to treat the kids as that KIDS!!! after 2 riots that resulted in hospital trips, I had called my boss , it was garcias birthday, she had court that day and was on her way to be transported back to ladoga from court, I had GOTTEN PERMISSION to give her a beatles book and put the cd in her personal upstairs, I had watched her day after day the music calmed her, she loved it, so when I came in with it and a card, and they told me absolutely not I decided to hell with them, these kids want love attention and I was trying to give that to them, a little peace of mind, Bates I miss you greatly, u made me smile!!! I hope all you girls the best your in my prayers!!!
ashley dumas

United States

#116 Dec 21, 2012
PoeckAdot wrote:
<quoted text>
It was 2007 that I was there and I think about it all the time. It drives me nuts
. Well of course it drives u nuts lol poeckadot cause member ladoga brought us back together and I could not honestly say I have or have ever had a better more trusting loving and real as real gets true friend and I love u for that. U will always be to be anyways my first 100% real n completely true friend in my life I look at u like my big sis tht my blood sis never was..lol.I love u d.d pok.a.dot. lylas for life and ladoga improved my life a whole lot in a profoundly positive way believe it or not I was released in october of 2007 after being there since march and in jus my 8 to 8n.a half months in the faciluty alone I gained self dignity respect and meaningful possitive outlooks on life as well as possitive self bettering morals and since I was released I have not been in any legal trouble at all untill I recently this year 2012 had a personal downfall and separation away from my kids. Wich oddly well not really odd as I put it but my case manager was ms. High she told me that she believed the root of my negative behavior n base for my acting out was ptsd from separation issues startin wit my mom abondoning me as a child well so more so techniclly abandonment issues wich I take notice tht she was right I stayed out of all n any legal truoble and only did good and bettered myself until this last dec. 2011 my biological mom died and I actually and unfortuanatly 2days after her death met her for the first time. Wich sadly tht Time was to late to get to make up for those times lost n since I met her I've found myself lost again acting out and digging myself deeper each day but I did learn any help I receive that their job is to help me help myself thank u ms. High
kirstie

Orange City, FL

#117 Jan 6, 2013
i went to Ladoga academy for a brief moment. about four months. i was very rude, violent, and downright uncontrollable. the staff there had every right to feel how they did. they were underpaid . physically, mentally, and emotionally attacked daily . some of the staff there were asking for it . but most gave and deserved nothing but the up most respect. i cant even begun to tell you the abuse the staff endured from myself and other students. i was 17 when i lived there i am now 21 . i finished school. i have a child his names ricky. the comment above where the ex employee said we would most end up in prison or on welfare. i cant speak for all but alot of us youth have keep in contact and we are all doing very well not in prison and not living off your tax dollars. i apologize for all harm i caused to the staff who were employed at ladoga academy. and say thanks for the lessons you all instilled in me cause in sunk in somehow.
Joi Williams

Mishawaka, IN

#118 Jan 16, 2013
I just recently came across this page in which I left comments on several years back. I was in Ladoga by a total mix up. I had emotional/self-harm issues, not behavioral. My dad was fooled... I was luckily only there for 2 months before returning to Oaklawn hospital in Goshen, IN. Going back to Oaklawn, with loving staff, and actual treatment was a true blessing. I still remember the relief. Sometimes now, it doesn't feel as if my time in Ladoga was real. To think of the horrible things I encountered there, and my wonderful life now, it's unreal. I married my soul mate on Halloween 2011, and I'm living such an incredible life! My time in Ladoga is something I'll never forget. I watched the people that ran Ladoga treat everyone else better than me. The staff put me down, laughed at me, locked me in the time out room, locked me in isolation for over a week (naked), made me sleep on the security hall floor when they let me out, took my bra/underwear also, and made me feel worthless... I had spider bites all over my body, and one turned into staff infection from the germs on the time out room floor. The wound that was once a bite, turned into a gaping hole that oozed pus, blood, and black fluid. The staff never let me see a doctor, I was given no medication. My stomach was so swollen! When I went back to Oaklawn they immediately started me on all kinds of medication to get rid of the terrible infection not only on my stomach from the staff infection, but also from the severe bladder infection I got there from being forced into a time out room, and not being let out to go the bathroom. Finding out that Ladoga closed down was a very happy day for me, a day of relief. I know a lot of other girls will deny Ladoga was as bad as what I'm describing. But the staff members treated me differently from day one. I could simply do nothing right. I honestly couldn't believe the statement when it closed down, saying they are sorry if every young woman was not treated with the respect they deserve. When those two head women who gave the statement, treated me worse than I'd ever been treated! I did not belong there! I had never committed a crime, I was severely depressed, and a severe self-mutilator. I did not need to be emotionally abused! Thank God for Oaklawn, the medical care, and therapy they gave me for 10 months until I went home. Ladoga left me with scars and nightmares, but I'm happy to say I've MOVED on! I thank them for nothing! My life has completely turned around, I'm in love, living in a gorgeous city, and living a life I never could have dreamed of! I found my way in this world, and I'm so happy to have such an amazing life! No babies, no drugs, no life of rebellion...'Cause those weren't my issues! I was depressed! Not a criminal! I'll just sit back and enjoy my comfortable life, and never think twice about Ladoga again!
kirstie

Orange City, FL

#119 Jan 18, 2013
Joi Williams wrote:
I just recently came across this page in which I left comments on several years back. I was in Ladoga by a total mix up. I had emotional/self-harm issues, not behavioral. My dad was fooled... I was luckily only there for 2 months before returning to Oaklawn hospital in Goshen, IN. Going back to Oaklawn, with loving staff, and actual treatment was a true blessing. I still remember the relief. Sometimes now, it doesn't feel as if my time in Ladoga was real. To think of the horrible things I encountered there, and my wonderful life now, it's unreal. I married my soul mate on Halloween 2011, and I'm living such an incredible life! My time in Ladoga is something I'll never forget. I watched the people that ran Ladoga treat everyone else better than me. The staff put me down, laughed at me, locked me in the time out room, locked me in isolation for over a week (naked), made me sleep on the security hall floor when they let me out, took my bra/underwear also, and made me feel worthless... I had spider bites all over my body, and one turned into staff infection from the germs on the time out room floor. The wound that was once a bite, turned into a gaping hole that oozed pus, blood, and black fluid. The staff never let me see a doctor, I was given no medication. My stomach was so swollen! When I went back to Oaklawn they immediately started me on all kinds of medication to get rid of the terrible infection not only on my stomach from the staff infection, but also from the severe bladder infection I got there from being forced into a time out room, and not being let out to go the bathroom. Finding out that Ladoga closed down was a very happy day for me, a day of relief. I know a lot of other girls will deny Ladoga was as bad as what I'm describing. But the staff members treated me differently from day one. I could simply do nothing right. I honestly couldn't believe the statement when it closed down, saying they are sorry if every young woman was not treated with the respect they deserve. When those two head women who gave the statement, treated me worse than I'd ever been treated! I did not belong there! I had never committed a crime, I was severely depressed, and a severe self-mutilator. I did not need to be emotionally abused! Thank God for Oaklawn, the medical care, and therapy they gave me for 10 months until I went home. Ladoga left me with scars and nightmares, but I'm happy to say I've MOVED on! I thank them for nothing! My life has completely turned around, I'm in love, living in a gorgeous city, and living a life I never could have dreamed of! I found my way in this world, and I'm so happy to have such an amazing life! No babies, no drugs, no life of rebellion...'Cause those weren't my issues! I was depressed! Not a criminal! I'll just sit back and enjoy my comfortable life, and never think twice about Ladoga again!
i dont deny that happened to you . i believe you alot of girls were treated different.

“Married to my soul mate :)”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#120 Jan 18, 2013
kirstie wrote:
<quoted text> i dont deny that happened to you . i believe you alot of girls were treated different.
Thank-you for being one of the ones who understands. I remember it all so vividly. I was not supposed to be there from the start, that's why luckily I was only there for two months before moving to Oaklawn Hospital, where I got the treatment and therapy I had needed. I didn't need staff members screaming in my face that I was worthless, and locking me in isolation for self-harm, and when I cried because they were screaming in my face (I am not confrontational whatsoever) they would tell me to "suck it up." Ladoga took advantage of my father who is an attorney and was paying for my stay out of pocket, he was told I'd get treatment, and they also gave him a much, much higher price than the stay through a child through the state. Ladoga should have told my dad that their facility didn't meet the needs of someone with mental disorders and battling self-harm, and that they dealt with correction. Instead they lied. I just thank God he found out the truth when I suffered the abuse, and was sent somewhere safe.

“"To the stars"”

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#122 Jan 19, 2013
Here's a blog that I wrote on my experience at Ladoga, very long, detailed, and still makes me tear up a certain parts.

http://tothestarslove.tumblr.com/post/4097819...
Rebecca Cannon

Albemarle, NC

#123 Jan 23, 2013
I made alot of friends in this place but I have to say this place was AWFUL!!!! I was in there in 05. One girl almost died after all her skin fell off because the staff didn't get her medical treatment fast enough after giving her a tranquilizer that had a medication in it that she was allergic too and t was listed in her chart. I watched a girl get raped repeatedly several nights a week. I developed these huge nasty cysts/boil things under my arms and was refused medical treatment. I watched them break so many laws such as no punishment by humiliation and no corporal punishment. I will never ever ever forget this place. I tried sticking to myself but they basically said I was trying to fake it to make it then when i did talk they said i was manipulative and started my program over. I finally ran from there and contacted my case worker from Ohio and told her everything. She got me out put me in Children Hospital and got an investigation opened on that place. And made sure that no one from the place that sent me there would ever send another one of there clients there. I still feel like no matter how many people i try to tell they don't understand the extent of how awful this place was. I was told I was insane and would never get better because it was just who i was and this was BY MRS HARMON. Place reminds me of the movie Sleepers. Then they had these crazy groups where you got one minute literally to tell"open up". A 30 minute group twice a week with 30 girls in it so you were actually lucky uf you got to talk. But if you didn't you were actually"failing your program". I am still in therapy. So thank you
Caroline Mead

Mount Pleasant, MI

#124 Feb 28, 2013
Tarrin Wright wrote:
I was at ladoga 2005-2006! I personally will be number one to admit i did so much wrong. I hurt so many people.People who didnt deserve it.I physically hurt a few staff a residents at Ladoga.I was scared and thought i would never leave and if i left i didnt think i would leave alive. The day i entered Ladoga i was fearful for my life.I not only had the emotional trama of that place but i also had the fact that everything i push so far back from my past came back while i was there. Rather it was in a cold cell or some in my face.I not only hurt many people there but i hurt my self and still have many scars from it. I am truly sorry to everyone i hurt Truly. I can remember want so badly to stop. I want ot get out and i wanted to do it right. By that time it was to late i feared that because of the reputation i gave myself that i now had to pertect myself.All in all i will not try to place blam. I know who was wrong.I know i was also wrong. Ladoga in many ways helped me. Im stronger inside.I can talk more then i ever thought i could. I was 16 then i am 2 weeks from being 21. I have not been in trouble for many year.Im a mother now and have such a different life. I look back and still cant believe that i did some of the things i did in my past.I am happy to say no matter what Ladoga thought, I never made it to Rockville....I am a Success Story if not to anyone else to myself.
Look me up on myspace, http://www.myspace.com/tarrinwright
I am most sorry to Ms.Harmon I feel like i repeatedly lied to you and hurt you.And if there was one person i know cared about the residents most that was Julie Harmon
I hope everyone can move on and be happy in there lives
SINCERLY,
Ms. T.Wright
i dont know if u get on here at all but if u do idk if u remeber me or not but i was in ladoga wit u we raised hell together but i have thought about u n hope ur doin good if u have it try to find me on facebook caroline ann mead :) hope to hear from u!

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