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by Jeff Rasansky - March 16, 2012
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with more than 25 years of legal experience.

They’re not the hot trend that they once were, but they still exist. Boot camps are a type of camp for children, usually those with discipline problems, where the program concentrates on building self-esteem by instilling self-discipline, by engaging in a lot of physical and mental challenges and by basically rebuilding someone’s identity to the point where they get more social skills out of it. Unfortunately, there have been deaths at these camps and some of them straddle the line between instilling discipline and simply being cruel. If your child has been victimized at one of these establishments, you do have options.

In cases where a criminal law has been broken, the authorities will handle that aspect of the situation. This isn’t always the case, however, and sometimes parents really only have the option of suing to get their money back and to make up for the pain and suffering their child has been put through. There are some warning signs that you should watch out for with these programs.


Some of the “counselors” at these establishments are really just glorified bullies. Even in the actual military, there are limits to what a drill sergeant can do as far as disciplining, insulting and stressing enlistees. Remember, this isn’t a military boot camp situation where people are being prepared for combat. Children never need to be mentally abused and there is no credible evidence that mental abuse of any kind instills good values in children.


Some children have physical limitations that make certain types of exercise dangerous for them. If one of these establishments has pushed your child so far that they’ve been injured—or worse—you may want to consider contacting an attorney about getting compensation for those injuries.

Taking it too Far

Sometimes, challenges help build us up. Sometimes, they break us. If you’ve entrusted your child with one of these establishments and there has been real harm done and real distress caused, you should definitely speak to an attorney.

A daycare abuse lawyer can handle cases that involve these kinds of camps. Daycare child abuse is only one area in which they work and simply because older children are usually at issue in these establishments doesn’t mean that they won’t bring the same skills to represent your family. Be sure to speak with one if your child has been the victim of an incompetent boot camp program.

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