My name is Todd Reisinger. I was at Pinehaven from Decemeber of 1984 until fall of 1986 and fall of 1987 until March of 1988. I was both physically and mentally abused at Pinehaven, including having my back pushed through a wall of sheetrock after being dragged down a flight of 16 stairs all by a housedad who is still employed at Pinehaven. I have witnessed this same housedad place a running water hose down another childs throat. I have witnessed another house dad placing a 15 year old boy upside down in a four foot deep hole and kick dirt down the hole onto to the boys head. I have seen Robert Larsson slap a 15 year old boy for asking where he wanted a stack of wood moved. Robert Larsson's son Jon Larsson slammed a house door on my body after his father called me a son of a bitch and told me my parents divorce was my fault after my father had tried to kill me with a baseball bat when I was 14 because I could not obtain a work permit due to being too young. They like to ostricise children from the others and mentally torture them. They lied to me to get me there and lied about me to my relatives after they sent me away, three months before I would have graduated high school. Much of the staff are related, and when one of them begin abusing a child their relatives tend to also begin mistreating the children. The children are not offered mental health counciling for the trauma of abusive families they often come from, and are taught religious fundamental cult style brainwashing and fear and abuse and ostrization.
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