Alldredge Academy Teen
Suicide Lawsuit Settled
A civil lawsuit over the suicide death of Ryan Lewis in 2001
has been settled with the family of Lewis coming to terms with
the principals of Alldredge Academy, according to West Virginia
court documents made public today. In compliance with the mutual
settlement Alldredge Academy readily acknowledged its responsibility
for the safety of the teen and also agreed to pay the family members
and estate $1.2 million dollars.
"While we will always grieve for Ryan and his wonderful family,
it is time to begin the healing and put this tragedy behind us,"
said L. Jay Mitchell, the founder of Alldredge. "It was an
isolated, unforeseen and devastating incident, and has only furthered
our resolve to help young people and their families put their
lives back together by providing the best therapeutic and educational
Alldredge Academy is a fully accredited school and wilderness
program for at-risk youth located in the mountains of north central
West Virginia. The nationally-recognized program has successfully
treated hundreds of troubled teens and their families since its
founding in 1999. As a member of the highly regarded National
Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), Alldredge
continues to be one of the fastest growing and most widely respected
programs in the United States. The academy attracts adolescent
boys and girls ages 13-18 from around the nation, and is regularly
feted at professional conferences and behavioral health seminars
as one of the most effective and innovative wilderness programs
of its kind.
"We are of course saddened by loss suffered by the Lewis
family" said Richard McKinless, the father of a teenage son
enrolled in the program at the same time Ryan Lewis was. "But
Alldredge has been an incredibly positive force for many families
like ours. This program made in an incredible difference for our
family when we didn't know where to turn."
Alldrege's values-based program is designed to rapidly engage
adolescents in order to move them beyond the academy's basic wilderness
model into four distinct therapeutic and educational environments.
These programs range from its fully accredited residential school
to family workshops.
More information on Alldredge Academy can be obtained online
or by calling 1-888-468-1828.