Allegations Of Abuse At Juvenile Facility

By: Rachel Phillips Email
By: Rachel Phillips Email

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At a facility that was formerly known as Kings Camp near Lake Afton, which is now under new management, there have been several cases of alleged physical and verbal abuse. The facility is now called Camelot Lakeside Academy.

One former resident, Robert Mans, said he was slammed against a wall for not sitting up straight, resulting in a dislocated shoulder. He said this was the first incident of abuse while he was a resident at Camelot.

Mans also said a few days later a different Camelot worker cornered him after he kicked a chair to move it.

Mans filed two reports against Camelot. His mother, Donita Scott, said he was transferred to a different facility in Parsons as a result. She claims no one told her about the move or the alleged injuries to her son.

"I feel like the shoulder was a cover-up because they didn't take him to the hospital or to a doctor and I feel like if that would have happened at home, I would have been sitting in jail," Scott said.

KAKE News contacted Camelot who later released a statement saying that several staff members used nationally recognized methods to diffuse a conflict by students, including restraining some students for one to three minutes until they calmed down. They also said in their statement that all the students were examined by a nurse following any incident.

Mans is now under house confinement for shoplifting. Both he and his mother agree the kids at Camelot should be disciplined, but they said the punishment does not fit the the crime.

The SRS and the State Juvenile Justice Authority, both of whom place children in these facilities, are investigating Camelot but cannot release any specific details at this time. They have confirmed that there have been multiple complaints and around 20 children have been moved.

The state said that the investigation could last several more days, possibly several weeks, depending on what is found.

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