Follow-up: Five victims, three suspects determined in alleged abuses at Abilene boot camp for kids
This article is a follow-up to the thread "Founder of Reality Invasion Boot Camp in Abilene says it's being investigated, denies wrongdoing" that I posted on Thursday at http://www.democraticunderground.com/10785303 .
Five victims, three suspects determined in alleged abuses at Abilene boot camp for kids
Five victims and three suspects have been determined in the investigation of alleged abuses at an Abilene boot camp for kids, said Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge at a news conference Friday.
Volunteer drill sergeants with Reality Invasion, which has operated as a nonprofit in Abilene for four years, are the subject of the investigation, Standridge said.
The founder and CEO of the boot camp for wayward children, Paul Huntington, confirmed with the Reporter-News on Tuesday that his organization is the subject of the probe. Before the investigation began, the camp operated each Saturday in Sears Park for a 30-week period. Parents paid a $50 fee to enroll their children, some of whom were reportedly violent. Parents signed authorization forms allowing volunteers to use electronic stun devices on their children. Volunteers also visited homes, usually while a parent was present.
"We have grave concerns about some of the force used by this boot camp," said Standridge, who was visibly angry and agitated at the news conference.