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Casa by the Sea was a private residential school/residential treatment center located in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. It was operated by the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools (WWASPS) and primarily enrolled teenagers from the United States who had behavioral issues. [1]

The facility was closed by Mexican government child-protective authorities on September 10, 2004. The U.S. Consulate General's office in Tijuana reported that the concerns that led to the closure included lack of evidence that school employees possessed necessary diplomas or professional licenses, presence at the facility of expired medications for students, and unauthorized use of a pharmacy. At the time of the closure there were 538 students enrolled.[2][3][4] After the closure, U.S. Congressman George Miller said this was "the ninth closing of a facility owned or managed by the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs," and urged the U.S. State Department to take action regarding the abuse of American children at WWASPS facilities outside the country.[2]

June 2010 the Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced that a former alumni of Casa by the Sea Michael James Perry would be executed July 1, 2010 for murder [5]

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References

  1. Parents, Shopping for Discipline, Turn to Harsh Programs Abroad by Tim Weiner, New York Times, May 9, 2003
  2. 2.0 2.1 John Gehring, Oversight Sought for Behavior-Altering Schools, Education Week, November 3, 2004.
  3. 2 Foreign Units of Troubled U.S. Academy Are Closed, by Tim Weiner, New York Times, September 13, 2004
  4. Mexico Shuts Tough-Love Center by Tim Weiner, New York Times, September 26, 2004
  5. Media Advisory: Michael Perry scheduled for execution, homepage of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, June 24, 2010

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