Whitmore Academy Settles Lawsuit for $450,000

Whitmore Academy, A school that Sue Scheff referred kids to (and continues to defend) has settled a lawsuit against it out of court for $450,000. As the Deseret News reports:

The complaint alleges that some students enrolled at the Whitmore Academy were physically bound with plastic handcuffs for several hours, others were forced to spend periods of time outside without any clothing on, and some were forced to sleep in a space referred to as the “shelf room.” The shelf room was a small, enclosed area where students could neither sit up, fully stretch out, and was located 10 feet off the ground, according to the complaint. The Sudweeks were also accused of recruiting students and encouraging the students to use violence against other youths to enforce the rules.

In September of 2006, Cheryl Sudweeks pleaded no contest to four class C misdemeanor counts of hazing and agreed to meet all court-ordered requirements and pay a fee. In April, Gregory Kutz, the Government Accountability Office’s managing director of Forensic Audits and Special Investigations, used several examples of problems at the Whitmore Academy and other behavior modification schools to show that boot camp therapy companies use deceptive practices enrolling troubled teens in programs where they can end up abused and neglected.

Full article here.

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4 Responses to “Whitmore Academy Settles Lawsuit for $450,000”

  1. Susan Schacherer says:

    As a plaintiff in the case against Whitmore Academy I would like to “set the record” straight.

    First: The plaintiffs did not sue for multi-millions of dollars.

    Second: The depositions were only available to the parties to the lawsuit. So, that being said, who are all these people who have read the depositions “on both sides” and how does Ms. Scheff know what is contained in them?

    Third: Who, aside from the parties to the lawsuit attended any “hearings”? And exactly which ones, and what was actually the subject of those hearings? Are there really a lot of people who were aware of when any hearings might be held in court in the town of Nephi?
    Where would they — if “they” exist — have gotten this information? Did hordes of people actually fly into Salt Lake, then drive two hours to Nephi to attend a 10-minute court hearing on a point of law?? Ms. Scheff, shame on you, you insult the intelligence of your readers.

    FYI – most hearings are concerning legal matters, not TESTIMONY.

    Fourth: The allegations against the Whitmore were and are true. There are documents and witnesses and testimony that back this up. Contrary to what you state in your blog, there is PROOF.

    FIFTH: MS. SCHEFF, WHAT FACTS ARE YOU BASING YOUR “OPINIONS” ON? IT IS VERY OBVIOUS TO ME THAT YOU HAVE FABRICATED MUCH OF WHAT YOU HAVE STATED. YOU ARE TRYING TO IMPLY THAT YOU AND OTHERS NOT INVOLVED IN THE LAWSUIT HAVE INFORMATION THAT THEY COULD NOT POSSIBLY HAVE OBTAINED. CONTRARY TO WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO CONVEY, THE LEGAL SYSTEM ALSO SETS UP RULES TO PRESERVE THE PRIVACY OF ALL THOSE INVOLVED.

    AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, ASIDE FROM YOUR INSISTANCE THAT THIS LAWSUIT AGAINST THE WHITMORE WAS INITIATED BY JOYCE HARRIS, THAT IS VERY SIMPLY “A LIE,” A LIE THAT YOU SEEM TO WANT TO PERPETUATE. WHY????????

    I FIND YOUR BLOG AND YOUR OPINIONS TO BE VINDICTIVE, ADOLESCENT AND VERY UNPROFESSIONAL. YOUR SELF-IMPORTANCE IS PATHETIC — IN MY OPINION.

    SUSAN SCHACHERERPlaintiff – Susan Schacherer

  2. Just to be clear, the above post by Susan is a reponse to Sue Scheff’s blog here

    Full thread and original comment by Susan in context here:
    http://www.fornits.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=26518#p322560

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