Child Dies After Boot Camp Beating

by TChris

A 14 year old boy, Martin Anderson, violated a probation condition. As a consequence, he was sent to a juvenile-detention boot camp in Florida, where he died. A medical examiner, Dr. Charles Siebert, concluded that Martin died from internal bleeding that Siebert attributed to "sickle cell trait, a disorder that caused his red blood cells to change shape and produce 'a whole cascade of events' that led to hemorrhaging." Siebert inferred that bruises on the boy's body were inflicted during efforts to revive him and were unrelated to his death.

Martin's parents believe that Martin died as the result of a beating inflicted by boot camp guards. The beating was videotaped, and the video establishes that the guards abused Martin, whether or not they killed him.

On the 1-hour, 20-minute tape, which has no sound, as many as nine guards can be seen restraining Anderson. Guards kneed him and wrestled him to the ground, where he was repeatedly struck by one guard, either on his arm or the side of his torso, while he lay still. He was limp throughout most of it and never appeared to offer significant resistance.

The "tough love" philosophy that prevails in many boot camps is nothing more than an excuse to abuse kids. A parent who physically mistreated a kid in this way would be arrested. Our society shouldn't tolerate a double standard at boot camps. The Florida camp, and any others like it, should be shut down.

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    Re: Child Dies After Boot Camp Beating (none / 0) (#1)
    by Johnny on Sat Feb 18, 2006 at 01:36:28 PM EST
    In SD a few years back a young died after a forced run... Some people got in trouble. As always, I question a cultures values when they feel that sending children to concentration camps where they undergo severe physical and emotional stress is considered a good way to "bring them around". Thankfully, most people recognize these camps for what they are: an ultimate expression of both the cultures and the individual parents failure at producing offspring capable of blending. That oughta rankle the trolls...

    Re: Child Dies After Boot Camp Beating (none / 0) (#2)
    by Johnny on Sat Feb 18, 2006 at 01:37:08 PM EST
    I might add, a young "lady"... forgot that part.

    Re: Child Dies After Boot Camp Beating (none / 0) (#3)
    by Steven Sanderson on Sat Feb 18, 2006 at 02:21:27 PM EST
    Some people look at life and see endless possibilities to change the world for the better, to improve life for all of us, to seek answers ourselves, to unhesitatingly overcome all challenges. Others amongst us live their lives in fear and want answers given to them and decisions made for them. How strong that fear must be when they're so afraid of children that they'll taser 5 year olds, warehouse the unwanted minors, beat kids to death, execute retarded youths, and just plain write their futures off. Who gave them these "answers" to handling their youth problem?

    Re: Child Dies After Boot Camp Beating (none / 0) (#4)
    by Sailor on Sat Feb 18, 2006 at 04:04:44 PM EST
    Another child was murdered by the state. A 14 year old, 140 pound child was beaten until he died. I guess he was an 'illegal combatant.'

    Re: Child Dies After Boot Camp Beating (none / 0) (#5)
    by scarshapedstar on Sat Feb 18, 2006 at 05:32:52 PM EST
    Hey, it probably stopped a riot, hence there's no problem, isn't that right PPJ?

    Re: Child Dies After Boot Camp Beating (none / 0) (#6)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Feb 18, 2006 at 06:01:46 PM EST
    Violence's sole purpose is temporary restraint. It never fosters model behavior, it only breeds future violent retaliation. Violence begets violence. Why is that concept so hard to grasp?

    Re: Child Dies After Boot Camp Beating (none / 0) (#7)
    by jondee on Sat Feb 18, 2006 at 06:41:31 PM EST
    At least we dont saw Nick Bergs..blah.. blah..b.s..get your prayer rugs ready.. blah..blah..b.s. Some variation on this goes on a hundred times a day in the U.S. Yeah we're so f'ing evolved; the light of the world. "Monkeys dressed in silk." Voltaire

    Re: Child Dies After Boot Camp Beating (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Sun Feb 19, 2006 at 09:23:58 AM EST
    Typical of the general trend in our once great nation. "The times are changing back"

    The boot camps are RIDICULOUS! (none / 0) (#9)
    by julia on Thu May 03, 2007 at 04:32:09 PM EST
    They are kids! And if they recieved the kind of treatment they are entitled to as human beings, they would be good people. It's agression and the concept of tough love that turns kids into monsters like the recent Virginia Tech.

    Please, take loving care of your children and do not expose them to such harsh environments as the many boot camps offer. If you have  a troubled teen and need help go to www.ironwoodmaine.com.
    This is the kind of facility that offers therapy in a safe environment, where kids are encouraged to embark on a journey of self discovery and exploit their full potential to live life on a positive note.