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Extreme Brat Camp


Wednesday at 9.30pm

Showing on TV ONE

Due to rights, this special will not be on TVNZ OnDemand.

This documentary looks at the US teen camp industry through the spine of one of the transporters who take teenagers there. Teen bootcamps are a staple of America's youth rehabilitation system.

They are called upon primarily by parents but some are also recommended by teen psychologists and as part of the probation and juvenile criminal court system. Many transporters say they themselves were straightened out by the camp system, and many parents teens and US psychologists feel their methods are appropriate in certain situations. But recently, shocking reports of cruelty, neglect, abuse and deaths have emerged from a number of centers.

This documentary looks at whether some bootcamps have gone too far


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