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Brat Camp Made Our Children Human
Evening Standard (London), Jan 28, 2005 by ALEXA BARACAIA

Two families told today how their "out-of-control" teenage sons were turned into model citizens by a social experiment on television.

The youngsters, who seemed headed for lives blighted by crime, drug abuse and violence, were selected to take part in the second series of Brat Camp on Channel 4.

The teenagers were sent to a remote American rehabilitation unit, where they were forced into a regime of hard physical work and total discipline.

Their parents say the results have been dramatic. Before his participation Joe Sheldrick, 16, from Caterham in Surrey, despised his family and the world. "I was at the end of my tether," said his mother, Shelagh. "It was teenage rebellion but a thousand times worse.

"Joe was disaffected and felt a failure. He said he hated me. He would bully his younger twin sisters, who just adored him. During his GCSEs he'd just write his name on the paper and then sit there. There was no light at the end of the tunnel."

How Brat Camp Saved My Life
Evening Standard (London), Mar 10, 2004 by EMINE SANER

Death threats, fights and school expulsions ... nobody could control teenage tearaway Charlie Mason.

Then he became a guinea pig in the latest reality TV show, set in the Utah wilderness. Here he tells his story

Charlie Mason is the first to admit he's no angel. He's been expelled from five schools in three years - including one of the most prestigious in Britain - and got into fights so regularly he built himself a fearsome local reputation and a rival gang threatened to kill him. "But that's all in the past," says his father, Nick. "I can't believe how much he's changed."

It's perhaps a sign of the times that his self-improvement comes courtesy of a television show rather than an education.

Charlie, 17, stars in a Channel 4 documentary, Brat Camp, which started last night, following six troublesome British teenagers who are sent to the remote Utah wilderness as part of a plan to get their lives back on track.

Charlie was last night looking forward to being on television - "I wonder if I'll get any fan mail from girls" - but says the experience of living in the wilderness has changed his life. He certainly looks like a normal teenager, dressed in trainers and ripped jeans, munching on a packet of sweets and staring at the television in the corner of the living room in the council flat where he lives with his father, a postman, and younger brother, Joey, 13.

Saved by Brat Camp
Sunday Mirror, Feb 19, 2006 by LARA GOULD TV Reporter

A drug-taking teenage tearaway has told how TV reality show Brat Camp saved her life.

At 15, pretty Julia Krzyzanowska was hooked on speed and cannabis - smoking 20 spliffs a DAY.

She was expelled from two exclusive boarding schools over her drink and drugs binges.

But in less than a year Julia, from Weymouth, Dorset, turned her life around - after being packed off to the American wilderness by her desperate mother Anna, 51.

Millions of viewers have watched her yelling at her mum and denying she had any problems on the Channel 4 show.

But yesterday Julia told the Sunday Mirror: "Utah definitely saved my life. My mum signed me up because she didn't know what else to do.

"I was taking speed and doing other stuff and stealing money from her to pay for it. And I was smoking about 20 spliffs a day.

"It got so bad that her boyfriend of eight years moved out. I was really, really skinny. I only weighed about six stone.

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