Many remember the play “Agnes of God” where a dead baby is found in a convent. Last year a verdict came in a very similar case where a baby was found mummified on the campus of River View Christian Academy in California which at that time was called Julian Youth Academy.
The nature of the school is very much like being forced to live in a convent. No high schools parties, no late night adventures, no Friday bars which is of much concern to me living in a time where we must prevent our youth from being marginalized so they travel down and support ISIS as some young Danes already have done. Anti-social behavior like abstinence and as result therefrom the isolation from peers must be observed and reported. This Academy held these young people in an environment which is a lot different than the one you find in a typical high school. An environment based on a religious strictness providing the teenagers with no ability to live a normal productive life without a lot of time for adjustment afterwards.
Maybe it was the harshness of facing the real world which led for this young woman to return to the school after she graduated the schools behavior modification program and become a counselor. Ill equipped to live outside but given a little more freedom than the students she engaged in a relationship. Out of fear to disappoint and even risk being shunned and abandoned both regarding job and family she simply didn’t know what to do when the baby was born.
The baby died from starvation according to the medical reports. It is a very unpleasant death for such a little human being but not very far from being strangled with clothes as it was the case in the original case in the 1970’s where a nun was acquitted due to her mental condition clearly being damaged by her stay in a religious environment.
Why was this woman then convicted of first degree murder? She had endured such a strict unbalanced religious environment just as the nun in the 1970’s case. Was it due her past labeling her as a bad and troubled girl?
It seems more than likely. People have no sympathy for her even given the fact that she didn’t choose to attend this boarding school in the first place.
I don’t condone murder of a child. I do condone the existence of places like River View Christian Academy. In Denmark group of young people fought hard to close Solhaven because it was existing using violence and untrained staff hired due to the size of their muscles. I believe that the staff at River View Christian Academy would use violence to prevent the teenagers from leaving and I find the very existence of this place wrong.
The teenagers who are forced to attend this school may have issues but they are often issues found rather common in our modern society where lawyers and huge companies fight very hard to earn money to a movie and entertainment industry where life with excessive drinking and use of drugs becomes the role models many teens aim for.
Why do we focus on punishing the teenagers when stars are treated lenient and the big companies using bribes to get orders to the public system gets off easy? Shouldn’t the politicians put a stop to the prevention of copyrights breaches as short as 5 years after a movie has been shown for the first time when the profit is used finance unmorally life styles choices?
Our money is used to market a live with sex, alcohol and drugs in amount far beyond normal consumption as we see it in our Friday bars. A marketing preying on our children and then we try to shelter them in sick religious environments like they have at River View Christian Academy which damages our children to an extent that they will face difficulties catching up with the life they left behind. It is as senseless at it can be.
Life simply doesn’t stop to surprise me.