Michigan officials are taking action to protect youth detained in certain juvenile facilities. Authorities plan to ban restraints in youth facilities in response to the death of 16-year-old Cornelius Frederick.
Several adult staff members of the Lakeside Academy restrained Cornelius after he threw a sandwich at another child. According to an NBC report, the teen never recovered after seven grown men applied pressure to his body for over 10 minutes.
16-year-old Cornelius Frederick died days after being restrained at Lakeside Academy in Michigan, a group youth home run by Sequel Youth and Family Services.@tvkatesnow has been investigating Sequel-run facilities and speaks to a former employee about the conditions there. pic.twitter.com/p6xCwQPFyi
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) April 4, 2021
Cornelius’s death also prompted a deeper look at the Alabama-based Sequel Youth and Family Services. According to NBC News, sequel operates facilities in 19 states, with many allegations of neglect and abuse.
Michigan, along with California and Washington, ended business dealings with Sequel last year. Sequel dismissed the concerns because of political pressure and activists, but the staff’s handling of Cornelius and his subsequent death point to a broader issue.
Sequel claimed the restraint used on Cornelius violated its policy. But Meghan Folkerson, a caseworker at the now-closed facility, told NBC News that staff had similarly restrained Cornelius 10 times in the prior six months. Folkerson called Cornelius’s death preventable.
This story highlights the gap in mental health treatment and support for children across the country. States outsource care to private companies, some with minor oversight or accountability. A recent national survey found racial disparities worsened for juveniles in detention during the pandemic.
On Thursday, Michigan announced a Qualified Residential Treatment model for youth in residential care. This is the first step in adopting federal standards. Passed in 2018, the Family First Act includes historic reforms. It allocates federal funds to support children in foster care and investment in prevention for children at risk for foster care placement.
In February, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services established a task force to address systemic racism in the child welfare system. Black children are 16% of the children in Michigan, but almost 30% of those lingering in the system.
Black and other children of color are also more likely to be sent to an institution than placed in a home. On average, they also remain in the system longer than their white counterparts.
“We recognize that deep systemic racial biases exist in this country and that the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have an important role in dismantling underlying injustices and setting a path for a future where racial and ethnic equity and justice is assured,” said the task force co-chair David Sanders, Ph.D., executive vice president of systems improvement at Casey Family Programs.
'Karens' Gone Wild: Videos Show Privileged White Women Won't Stop Trying To Police Black People
1. Courtside Karen
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PRAY FOR LEBRON pic.twitter.com/Z8oAhl2kqf— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 2, 2021
2. Arlo SoHo Karen
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Wow! This woman made baseless claims against @keyonharrold and his 14yo son at @arlohotels Arlo SoHo — then assaulted them, scratching Keyon & tackling his boy. Worse, the hotel manager defended & empowered her actions, and refused to apologize after her claims were proven wrong! pic.twitter.com/LqHboiAEd6— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) December 27, 2020
3. Trader Joe's 'Karen'
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This is a Trader Joe’s today. In Los Angeles. Cases are through the roof in California. Is there any way to reach these people?— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) June 27, 2020
4. 'Karen' the angry neighbor
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hey guys!! this is my new neighbor!! pic.twitter.com/yZxsQD1daS— bailey (@bailey3jenkins) June 27, 2020
5. ‘Karen’ Pulls Gun On Black Woman And Daughter After Chipotle Argument5 of 26
6. Nurse ‘Karen’ Fired
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Caron Jones — that’s Caron with a “K” as in “Karen” 👩🏼⚕️ — also called the Black Lives Matter movement a "ploy" for Black votes before the North Carolina nurse got fired for her racist social media posts.https://t.co/WQn68gNToF— NewsOne (@newsone) July 1, 2020
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8. ‘Karen’s Husband’ Investigated After Calling Cops On Black Men
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9. Convenience Store ‘Karen’
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It was the I’m the wrong nigga for me 😭 pic.twitter.com/2Rv33NNn2k— HEAVYY ON IT 🗣💕 (@HeavyyCampp) June 25, 2020
10. Nurse ‘Karen’ Loses Her Job For ‘Black Privilege’ Video10 of 26
11. Seattle ‘Karen’ Has A Total Meltdown After Black Driver Records Her ‘White Tears’
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"I HAVE A BLACK HUSBAND!"— NewsOne (@newsone) June 23, 2020
A "Karen" in Seattle identified as Leah completely lost it when Karlos Dillard, a Black man, confronted and recorded her after he says he was the victim of her racist road rage.
The video has gone viral as Karening gets worse.https://t.co/X5ryYpQlhF
12. Officer ‘Karen’ Is Slammed For Crying White Tears Over McDonald’s Wait12 of 26
13. Kroger ‘Karen’ Blocks Black Mother From Pulling Out Of Parking Lot Over ‘Gatorade’13 of 26
14. San Francisco ‘Karen’ Who Called Cops Over ‘BLM’ Art
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A white couple call the police on me, a person of color, for stencilling a #BLM chalk message on my own front retaining wall. “Karen” lies and says she knows that I don’t live in my own house, because she knows the person who lives here. #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/rOpHvKVwgP— James Juanillo (@jaimetoons) June 12, 2020
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16. Karen's husband
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Racism rots your brain pic.twitter.com/OuzPmyRN6d— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) May 17, 2020
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On the next episode of “are white people ok? 👀”.... meet Red Lobster Karen 🦞 pic.twitter.com/ElgRipPyrU— Human Capital Stock. ✊🏽🦺🌈🧤🪑 (@angel_felixv) May 13, 2020
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I can’t believe this is real. This lady went out to video shame everyone who dared to have fun in the sun at the beach and then she yelled at a Trader Joe’s worker over social distancing.— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 18, 2020
Karen needs to just stay home and leave the rest of us alone... 🙄🤦🏻♂️pic.twitter.com/QUeZkRSudW
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K*ren: "Arrest me"— Scottie PIPM (@scottiepipm) April 23, 2020
K*ren: 😲 pic.twitter.com/5NJnPsSj8k
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I’m baffled. Just saw this on the news. Woman who drove 1.5 hours to go to the beach with her family complains about other people at the beach who have done the same as her. Does she not see she’s part of the problem #StayAtHomeSaveLives #COVIDIDIOTS pic.twitter.com/iowllyZEk2— Colm McAfee (@mcafee77) May 17, 2020
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Michigan To Change Rules For Residential Care After Fatal Restraint Of Cornelius Frederick was originally published on newsone.com