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The Dark History and Demise of Élan School

from Dark Downeast | Published 4/26/2021

Élan School was founded as a drug treatment program in 1970, pairing controversial confrontational attack therapies with education, all in the wooded setting of Poland, Maine. It's founders, Joe Ricci and Dr. Gerald Davidson, promised rehabilitation, reform, and a future for many children of wealthy and well-known parents. When outside state officials took a closer look at what really went on behind closed doors, it was just the beginning of unending allegations and controversy. For more information and resources on the Troubled Teen Industry, visit Learn more from our sources at Follow along on Instagram @darkdowneast. Support Dark Downeast by visiting the shop.

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