Ex-students say boarding school kept them in isolation boxes
13 February 2016, 21:33
Iowa — Former students say they were routinely kept in small concrete "isolation boxes" for days or even weeks as punishment at a private boarding school for troubled teenagers in Iowa that is now under investigation by the FBI.
Six former students at Midwest Academy in Keokuk tell The Associated Press they dreaded the cell-like rooms where they had to sit on the floor for 24 hours or more and listen to classmates screaming or piped-in motivational recordings.
The FBI and state officials are investigating claims of abuse at the academy, which was raided and temporarily closed last month. Academy owner Ben Trane has declined to comment on abuse claims.
The students said they and others yelled, banged their heads or mutilated themselves to get out. Two said they attempted suicide.