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Boot camp for troubled teens in trouble

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (Fox 29) - The Department of Children and Families says it has serious concerns about a Port St. Lucie military-style boarding school.

They are looking specifically at the safety and welfare of teens housed in that facility. DCF launched an investigation into Victory Forge Military Academy after a 16-year-old was spotted by police wearing shackles as a punishment.

DCF turned the findings of its two-month investigation over to police. Meantime, parents of most of the cadets have pulled their kids out of the program.

The school's director denies allegations of abuse and is critical of the way DCF handled its probe of the school. "I don't think I'll get those kids back. I don't think the damage that DCF has done can be repaired and I don't think it will be repaired no matter what happens," Alan Weierman, Victory Forge Military Academy.

The Port St. Lucie Police Department will eventually turn its report over to the state attorney's office, which will ultimately determine whether or not to press charges.

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