Desperate Measures


July 2, 2000

Painful journey through childhood ends with tragedy in Texas

Tough program for defiant teens hailed as savior by some parents. But authorities in three countries have raised concerns about abuse.

Eric Stone, 16, sobs during a videotaped interview at Spring Creek Lodge, a private behavior modification camp in Montana. The video prompted Eric's father to obtain the Desperate Measures boy's immediate release. The camp is part of Teen Help, a Utah-based organization that many parents say has saved their children's lives.