Brat Camp kids revisit lives of crime

Brat Camp, the reality series that sent nine unruly teenagers to a grueling wilderness survival program in hopes of rehabilitation, has failed to solve the behavior problems of at least two participants.

Jada Chabot, a 15-year-old "compulsive liar" who has dropped out of 11 schools in the past six years, finds herself in trouble again after injuring a Boston family in a boating accident. Chabot was at the helm of a speedboat, dragging her boyfriend on a kneeboard behind the craft, when she slammed directly into an inflatable raft sharing water space on a lake by her family's home.

"I thought we were all gonna die," said Agenor Moraes, the father of two girls who were hospitalized after being thrown from their raft during the accident. "She was looking at the guy she was pulling around. He yelled at her to watch, but she just kept looking at him."

Chabot, whose multiple charges include negligent operation of a boat, is quite remorseful after the incident. "I feel so embarrassed just walking around town," she claimed.

Isaiah Alarcon, another Brat Camp alum, is engaged in his own tangle with the law this summer. The 17-year-old "angry punk rocker" spent two days in a juvenile facility after he told police that he spray-painted racial slurs on the street outside the home of an African-American preschool teacher. He is charged with interfering with the exercise of civil rights and damaging property, and will appear at a hearing on Tuesday to determine whether he'll be charged as an adult.

According to Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, "These kids had some real serious issues that needed to be dealt with in a long-term process, not a multi-week TV program for entertainment."

ABC is currently airing Brat Camp on Wednesdays at 9:00pm ET.

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Sep 05, 2005
I am so not suprised I knew that would happen. I hope when I have kids they won't turn out like that!
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Aug 28, 2005
shawns hot on brat camp
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Aug 25, 2005
But some of them changed or at least looked like it. Like Shawn. I mean he was meditating in his back yard. Who saw that coming? Not me
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Aug 22, 2005
Oh man..gotta agree with Whiffet..It really depends on the attitude of the person if they want to change or not. Issaiah and Jada were really bratty on the show, just wanting to get the program over with and like the people running the program can only hold them in Oregon for a certain period of time..they can only do their best to change..I hope nothing else bad happens to anyone else on the show..*Shawn's hott* lol
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Aug 12, 2005
I think Brat camp is a good show to watch especically if it deals with the lives of every day people
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Aug 12, 2005
Jee, what a suprise that this stupid show didn't help change those juvinile delinqents attitudes towards other people.
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Aug 12, 2005
i watched a couple episodes and i loved laughing at those kids. the hyper kid just kept pacing and crying.
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Aug 11, 2005
It's only a matter of time before we see articles saying that the rest of the kids went back to their old ways.

This is really not a shocker.
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Aug 11, 2005
No shocker here. I expect there will be more.
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Aug 11, 2005
Kudos for SageWalk for at least trying. They even admitted that some (if not all) of these kids will need some long-term care after this.

Course, my feelings for Jada hasn't changed one damn bit. Damn Drama Queen.

Prison! Prison!
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Aug 11, 2005
Is this supposed to come as a shock. As the old saying goes, you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
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Aug 10, 2005
Jada and Isaiah were the two Brat campers who pretty much dissed the Sagewalk program all the way through. They only cooperated because they were coerced to do so. Clearly rehab, whether long-term or short-term, comes down to individual choice/motivation to change.

I doubt Jada will change unless her parents change how they deal with her.
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Aug 10, 2005
No surprise!
Most of the kids like ok what ever..if you going put in a program at least put in a year type...few week wont matter most kids can fake thier way through that...
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Aug 10, 2005
I'm not suprised but that's only two out of the nine or ten others. A month in the wilderness isn't going to change problems that these kids have had their entire lives. Plus, what we see on TV might not be the whole story, just the story they want us to see.
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Aug 10, 2005
Sorry, I meant to put I was not surprised
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Aug 10, 2005
I agree, I am surprised that some of the kids faltered. You could watch the show and see that one in particular was not even trying to change. However, the people in charge of the program admit that you need to put the kids in boarding school and enter them into a long-term program in order to prevent relapse. Also, the program wasn't invented for TV, the program already existed, so you can't blame that for the kids problems. Whether the previous groups were on TV or not, there is still not a 100% success rate.
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Aug 10, 2005
I think that those kids ought to learn self-control.
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Aug 10, 2005
ABC Family had its own British version of this show a few months back. Those kids were back to their old behavior on the season finale episode and everyone acted like "oh well." That's why I can't believe critics were raving about this show!
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Aug 09, 2005
Ok, I must be weird cuz I did expect this but not this soon. I honestly might be so scared of this that I would become a minsiter! LOL JK
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Aug 09, 2005
Are we supposed to be shocked about this?
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Aug 09, 2005
No surprise!
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Aug 09, 2005
This is why I never want to have kids...
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Aug 09, 2005
O.K. Hands up. Who’s surprised?

No one? O.K.

But what did they honestly expect? That a stupid reality show was going to work as well as real professional therapy? That a few weeks in the woods would make deep-seated psychological problems disappear? Goodness, I hope not.
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