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Not to be confused with your usual BoardingSchool trope, the Boarding School of Horrors is a place where your nightmares come true. There are no midnight feasts or jolly hockey sticks here. Presided over by cane-wielding Template:Sadist Teachers, you will be CorporalPunishment beaten or locked up for the slightest misdemeanor -- and that's if you're lucky. If summoned to the headmaster's office, don't expect to come out alive. Then there is the matter of your fellow students. At best, you'll have your head flushed down the toilet; at worst, you face years of unspeakable bullying. In a British school, you may be enslaved to the prefects thanks to the "fagging" system. And the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil will only add to complications as they promote this form of cruelty as presumably girls or guys they like are sent to be lowly concubines within their ranks and is above the law with the Prefect acting as their muscle as they choose whom to beat up or torture.

The food is inedible slop, there is no central heating, and creepy crawlies are everywhere. If you complain or write home to your parents, CassandraTruth they won't believe you (assuming your mail even makes it out of the school, that is). The school might be a MilitarySchool, where you'll face the wrath of DrillSergeantNasty every day, and be subjected to horrific hazing rituals. In the worst cases you could be sexually abused or even murdered while staying at the BoardingSchoolOfHorrors.

Had (has?) some elements of truth in television. Boarding schools were not a Victorian innovation, but the institution was embraced as a means of counteracting the softening, emasculating influence of mothers and preparing young men for the harsh rigours of the world of business and Empire. The move to purposefully harsh institutions as a solution to parental mollycoddling took place in the context of the early-mid Victorian love of childhood and doting parenthood, which it was later feared would render the new generation of the better sort of people - i.e. the middle and upper classes - too soft to maintain Anglo supremacy. Thus, boarding schools were intended to instil discipline and self-discipline, deference to authority, strict morals, a vague sense of the Christian religion, and teamwork. This was of course in addition to all the usual things one expects a public school (a school open to the paying public as opposed to a private school, which was more exclusive) to do.

You are likely to find yourself in one of these places if sent OffToBoardingSchool by the CardCarryingVillain, often doubling as a SchoolForScheming or AcademyOfEvil. Still, count yourself lucky. At least you're not in an OrphanageOfFear. If you're unlucky, your summer is only apt to be marginally better - but see SummerCampy for that.

A sub-trope of this is the Day School of Horrors, of which the most notable exponent was probably the Overly Strict Catholic School (circa 1930-1960). It was bad enough when the nuns could make you stand in a trash can or beat you with a yardstick in front of the class for such minor infractions as improperly polished shoes or sneezing in church, all the while telling you that beating the tar out of your living body was good for your immortal soul. Got turned UpToEleven when we all found out what ItGotWorse the priests were up to behind closed doors...

folder: Anime and Manga
* The hentai Shusaku is about a janitor who blackmails and fornicates with the students of an all-girl boarding school for gifted musicians.
* While most of the students and teachers of the Youkai Academy in RosarioToVampire are not terribly evil, there is an AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil who devolved into KnightTemplar Yakuza over the years, a few Template:SadistTeachers (including GreekMythology Medusa), and of course all the students (save OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent one) are shape-shifting demons and if any of them reveal their true forms they're threatened with DeadlyEuphemism "permanent expulsion", although this is not followed through on.
* Manga/Template:Shitsurakuen's Utopia Academy
** Only for the girls, the guys have it much easier (but only slightly easier) as they can treat the girls anyway they want.
* VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi: Ange's time at St. Lucia Academy was made pretty miserable because she had no friends and she was often bullied mercilessly by her classmates. The teachers never were around to put a stop to it either. It got so bad that she ordered the Seven Sisters of Purgatory to kill her classmates. spoiler:And when they couldn't (because they could only do it when Ange herself was willing to do it with her own hands), she denied their existence.
* GakuenAlice has the titular school, which seems to involve children being abused horribly, sent on dangerous missions and forbidden to contact their families.

folder: Comic Books
* In the adult comic Template:Viz, the character "Spoilt Bastard" briefly attended one.
* TheSandman featured a school like this in a side story in Season of Mists. It was quite a normal BoardingSchool in modern days, but since Hell had just been emptied and the dead came back to Earth during holidays when there was just one living boy present with a skeleton staff because he couldn't go to his absent father, all the people who died in relation to the place somehow returned there and made it into a BoardingSchoolOfHorrors. The devil-worshiping bullies had attended the place just before Template:World War I, at the time when the place had apparently fit the trope.
* Greytowers School in the British comic TheDandy, attended by popular character Winker Watson.
* In HollowFields, the titular school features steam-powered Template:Sadist Teachers, a patchwork security guard, a variety of alarming classes, and once a week the student with the lowest grades is sent to DeadlyEuphemism detention... permanently.
* Template:The Dreaming's Greenwich Private College barely makes it into this trope. While the teachers, though strict, are not sadistic, and the students are friendly, you run the risk of being snatched by a Quinkan whenever you go to sleep.
* Was a staple of the comic strips in old-style British magazines for young teenage girls, like Bunty, Jackie and Pony School.
* The St. Trinian's public school for girls, as illustrated by Ronald Searle's wonderful comics.
* A 3-issue story arc in ExcaliburTheComicbook ''Excalibur'' Had Kitty Pryde attend one of these, complete with being specifically targeted by the popular girls, when the rest of her team had gone missing.

folder: Fan Fic
* Played for laughs in the Template:FanFic Official Fanfiction University metaseries. Being taken to a school where the teachers are all your favourite book or movie characters sounds like fun until you realise that FourthWallMailSlot they have seen the fanfic you write about them. And they are not flattered.
* Lily Potter attends one in the Literature/HarryPotter fanfic "Petal in the Rain" by pratty-prongs-princesse.

folder: Film
* Lindsay Anderson's 1968 Film/Template:If was MalcolmMcDowell's breakthrough role and embodies this trope.
* DeadPoetsSociety: OK, no Wackford Squeers, but we do have an authoritarian headmaster who beats free-thinking students and a school board who squashes creative kids and teachers beneath "the way things are done here." The fact that most, if not all, of the parents are wealthy in some way and support the school's view doesn't help much, either.
* Film/ChildsPlay Child's Play 3 has the boy from the first two movies in a military school, showcasing how brutal such schools can be in real life. Several DrillSergeantNasty types come to a sticky end at the hands of Chucky: "Don't fuck with the Chuck!"
* The first parts of PinkFloyd's TheWall featured the main character Pink as a child at a non-boarding School of Horrors, complete with SadistTeacher, uniforms, single file marching... and WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic children being turned into obedient putty-faced zombies and then mindlessly NightmareFuel walking over a platform and toppling into a giant meat grinder.
* Scum offers an example of this trope, though in fact it is set in a borstal (what we would now call a young offenders' institute), so the less-than-pleasant nature of it is understandable...if not in any way justified, since some pretty horrific stuff happens. The film (and the play it was based on) were an AuthorTract against the institution of borstal, and the details are not entirely inaccurate.
* StTrinians is an all-girl boarding school where the only rule is anarchy. Although it is presented in a pleasant way past the first 10 minutes, it is no wonder the Minister for Education wants it closed. Among the mischief shown on screen: a girl is dragged after a tractor by a fellow student, another is dropped in a staircase head first, a third one is broadcast live on YouTube while running naked in the corridors, the teachers are drunk, the first years play with dynamite and the students make and sell vodka in their science lab.
* The small all-girls school in The Woods doesn't seem very horrifying at first (just rather isolated) save for one bully, but soon you notice how StepfordSmiler unnaturally pleasant the teachers are, then your friends start to disappear, and then you start ManEatingPlant coughing up leaves and twigs...
* Satan's School for Girls. Just look at the title!
* The Italian horror film Suspiria, which has a dance academy spoiler:run by a coven of witches.
** Done again by Argento in Film/Template:Phenomena, where the school is being menaced by a SerialKiller.
* Combined with OrphanageOfFear in Film/TheDevilsBackbone.
* Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory. Although NonIndicativeName he never gets into the dorm itself.
* The School in Unman, Wittering and Zigo
* A variation of this appears in DisturbingBehavior, where it's done with an entire town. Parents move to Cradle Bay with their troubled teens so that they will be "[[Brainwashed made]]" into model students and citizens.
* The Korean Horror Movie Destination Hell takes place in one of these.
* And the Korean drama Film/TheCrucible, based on the true story of a sex abuse scandal at a school for the hearing-impaired, which was suffered by both resident and non-resident students.

folder: Literature
* Lowood School in Bronte's JaneEyre, though the conditions improve after the big typhoid outbreak, with Brocklehurst being edged out of his post and donors putting up a new building. It overlaps a little with the OrphanageOfFear, since the pupils have all lost at least one parent.
** A school drawn from life: the model for Lowood was Cowan Bridge, where two of Bronte's sisters contracted fatal illnesses. Lowood's proprietor Mr. Brocklehurst is similarly based on Cowan Bridge's William Carus Wilson. Several of Bronte's contemporaries noticed the resemblance and complained loudly (Carus Wilson among them), while some survivors complained that she'd left too much out.
* While, at the outset, Hailsham from the novel NeverLetMeGo seems to be a great, loving place to grow up. That is, until you find out that spoiler:the place is really a maturing ground for cloned children, who will eventually have all their organs harvested and die very young.
** You also find out that Hailsham is actually quite nice compared to the schools run by spoiler: people who approve of the whole scheme instead of reformers who settled for giving the clones normal(ish) childhoods when they realized that they couldn't convince the public to scrap the project entirely.
* Robert Cormier's TheChocolateWar is set in a Catholic one.
* Dotheboys Hall in Creator/CharlesDickens' Literature/NicholasNickleby makes this OlderThanRadio. The villainous Wackford Squeers is said to be based on a real headmaster, who was so cruel that he MultipleReferencePun blinded some of his pupils.
** It was reported that Dickens had created a minor backlash against Boarding Schools and a demand for quality assurance from his readers because of that gruesome description.
** Squeers was based on a man named William Shaw, headmaster of the Bowes Academy in northern England. Dickens made no effort to disguise this; the novel ruined Shaw and led to the closure of Bowes. However, there is quite a bit of evidence to suggest that Dickens unfairly maligned Shaw -- the incident with the blinded boys, for example, has been attributed by some historians to an illness which arrived in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, and Shaw is recorded as having employed an eye specialist (at great expense) to try and cure them. Whatever the truth about him, quite a few people weren't happy with Dickens' treatment of him and apparently installed a window to him in the local church after his death.
* Let's not forget David's boarding school in DavidCopperfield. Had it not been for people like HandsomeDevil Steerforth, Mr. Bell or Tommy Traddles, it would've been even worse. And it was pretty bad, thanks to SadistTeacher Mr. FatBastard Creakle.
* The Stjärnberg boarding school in the Swedish novel Ondskan by journalist and action-novel author Jan Guillou, recently turned into a film. It was based on Mr Guillou's own boarding school experience in the 1950s. When he became a journalist in the 1960's, he managed to shut down that school by exposing its horrors to the general public.
** Funny story, he actually decided to become a journalist because it turned out to be the most effective way to shut down the school. Then he spent twenty years practicing his writing in journalism and in lesser novels like the Carl Hamilton series before he felt confident enough to write the book. We might call that dedication.
* The school in MercedesLackey's HeraldsOfValdemar Brightly Burning isn't a boarding school, but otherwise matches this trope. An elite group of "sixth form" students can get away with just about anything, including severely beating a younger boy for not stealing on their behalf.
* Jill's and Eustace's school, Experiment House, in Creator/CSLewis' TheSilverChair. Rather than the "abusively strict and draconian" type, however, Experiment House is the less-common variant of the trope in which the trouble is the complete lack of discipline; its faculty, fancying themselves modern and progressive, allow bullies to run wild, creating a hellish environment for the rest of the students like Jill and Eustace. Either Experiment House or another BoardingSchoolOfHorrors is also implied to have contributed to Edmund's mean and resentful behavior in the first book; upon his recovery, Lucy observes that he looks better than he has "since his first term at that horrid school which was where he had begun to go wrong."
* Template:George Orwell's essay "Such, Such Were the Joys" is about his experiences in such a school.
** In the RealLife, the teachers of the school considered young Eric Blair as one of the truly rising stars in achievement and predicted him a bright future in the literature.
* The Fools' Guild School in TerryPratchett's Literature/Template:Discworld novels. A thoroughly miserable place where students sleep on hard pallets, are woken at the crack of dawn, and spend hours memorizing ancient jokes that simply aren't funny and bring drilled in slapstick routines that are even less so. The irony is amped up by it being next door to the Assassins' Guild, which is a much more cheerful place and even lets the students go outside.
** The downside of the Assassins' Guild is that the number of students tends to be considerably smaller at the end of the year than it was at the beginning due to the student rivalries.
** Discworld also has Hugglestones, a boarding school for the sons of the very rich designed to turn boys into men... apparently by making them play a lot of violent full-contact sports and only allowing those who survive (either by brute force or just being smart enough to avoid the scrum while still acting like they're involved in the action) to graduate. It's also described as physically resembling a maximum-security prison, with the difference that prison inmates get better treatment.
** Discworld/MonstrousRegiment has the Girl's Working School, which cranks this up to Room101 levels. Three of the main characters were in it at some point, and it shows in different ways. Lt Blouse went to a less extreme version - he's perfectly happy to eat scubbo (soup made of boiled water and anything remotely edible) with the men, as it's what he got at school. Jackrum later quips that "He went to a school for young gentlemen, so prison will be just like old times."
* Hogwarts turns into this in JKRowling's HarryPotter/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix, thanks to Umbridge (former trope namer for TyrantTakesTheHelm).
** It gets mostly better in HarryPotter/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince, then rather a lot worse under the Carrow siblings in HarryPotter/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows. As the PowerTrio have dropped out to pursue Horcruxes, we mostly only hear about the horrors secondhand.
*** Arguably it was this before Dumbledore got in charge; apparently it was a common punishment to hang gradeschoolers from their wrists to the ceiling for several days.
** Hogwarts is also noteworthy because, being a positive example of a boarding school in a very popular series, it has single-handedly caused the modern decline of this trope (especially in British literature).
* The Prufrock Preparatory school in The Austere Academy, Book The Fifth of ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents. The buildings are even shaped like gravestones. The school is run by Vice Principal Nero. When the Baudelaire siblings first arrive he informs them about the fine dormitories they have, but that unless students have parental permission, they must sleep on hay in a tin shack (known as the Orphan's Shack). He considers himself to be a genius and thinks that he plays the violin well, but in fact he is unworthy, stupid, mean, arrogant, obnoxious, annoying and cannot play the violin well at all. Nonetheless, students must attend his lengthy violin recitals every day, or else they must buy him a large bag of candy and watch him eat it. The Baudelaires are forced to live in the Orphan's Shack which is infested with crabs, fungus drips from the ceiling, the tin walls are covered in horrible wallpaper (green with pink hearts). They are also regularly bullied by a rude, violent girl named Carmelita Spats and Sunny (a baby) is made to be a secretary for Nero. There's also a rule that if students are late to class (or Sunny is late to work) their hands will be tied behind their backs during meals and they'll have to "lean down at eat their food like a dog". Sunny has her silverware taken away because she's gonna work in the administrative building where students are not allowed. Also if students are late to mealtime their glasses are taken away and beverages will be served in large puddles on the trays.
** The school motto: MEMENTO MORI (Remember You Will Die). It can also be translated as "Remember Your Mortality" which also indicates, that you aren't anything more than a human. Which means, that if you are a troublemaker (or if the teachers see you as one) you can -- and will -- be broken down, by any gruesome means possible.
* St Custards in the Template:Molesworth books, and St. Trinian's, both drawn by cartoonist Ronald Searle.
* In the Inspector Linley detective novel Well Schooled In Murder, a murder is covered up by the staff and all 600 pupils of a Boarding School of Horrors.
* Happens in a Goosebumps short story, "The Perfect School"
* The school that Literature/AlexRider attends in Point Blanc. The school appears awesome, it's just that the other students are all Template:Stepford Smilers. spoiler:The real students are held underground while the clones of the BigBad study them in order to imitate them properly
* The Afrikaaner boarding school in The Power of One fits this trope, though Peekay's experience is worse than most because he's English.
* The horribly built school in The War Between The Pitiful Teachers and the Splendid Kids is not only a dumping ground for "bad" students (the main POV character is actually very intelligent but infuriated his teacher by making up words ("inkwart- that blister that develops when you write too many stupid English assignments") and sticking to them; another is a very smart CloudCuckooLander; another was RaisedByWolves raised by hyenas) but also for bad teachers like the self-absorbed art teacher who jousted as The Rococo Knight.
* Crunchem Hall in RoaldDahl's Literature/Matilda fits the trope to a T, despite being a day school. The headmistress delights in, among other things, locking students in an iron maiden-style closet full of broken glass and nails, forcing students to eat chocolate cake until they either vomit or explode, and picking students up by their hair and hammer-throwing them across the school grounds.
* In LoisDuncan's Literature/DownADarkHall, the headmistress is forcing her trapped students to channel the ghosts of dead geniuses...which causes enough mental damage to drive them to insanity or suicide.
* The school in Cinda Williams Chima's The Wizard Heir is mainly a way for its wizard headmaster to locate young wizards to bind to him; the non-magical students are tormented -- and sometimes killed -- by the others, and when the protagonist refuses to go along, he's subjected to months of constant mental torture.
* In Otherland, Felix Jongleur, evil mastermind of the Grail Brotherhood, grew up in the WorldWarOne era and was sent to Cranleigh, a British boarding school that he remembers as a place of abject misery and torture, not the least of which because he is French. Even nearly two hundred years later (yes, he is that old), these memories give him BadDreams. Interestingly, they also cause him to pick Paul Jonas as his OppositeSexClone "daughter's" tutor, because he went to the same school, and this forms a minor plot point late in the story.
* The 19th century Austro-Hungarian military academy portrayed in TheConfusionsOfYoungTorless is one of these. While we never see much of the rest of the student body, the plot centers on the sadistic torment of one of its students, observed dispassionately by the title character.
* EllaEnchanted: Ella attends one which she eventually escapes. It wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't for Hattie ordering her about and the punishment of meals being taken away if you talked back to a teacher.
* Coates Academy from Gone might count. It starts out as a boarding school for "difficult" kids, which basically translates into sadists, sociopaths, juvenile delinquents, bullies, and a few decent kids who talked back too often, or whose parents just wanted to get rid of them. It is described as a cold, foreboding place where the bullies rule. Then, things only get worse (for the few decent kids) after some of the kids develop super powers, the adults all vanish, and the bullies really rule. Eventually, it gets to be unbearable for every character except Drake.
* Drearcliff Grange in KimNewman's "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School" combines this with SuperheroSchool for a Template:Deconstruction of Girls' School stories such as The Silent Three. The main character is warned that the prefects can punish her for having a red mark on her face by slapping her (and can continue to do so as long as she continues to have red marks on her face), and will already have ritually burnt the doll in her luggage at the stake (as it turns out they haven't, they're waiting to torture it in front of her). But then that gets deconstructed, when we're told that after three weeks she no longer sees the school as either good or bad; it's simply how things are.
* In RobertAHeinlein's young adult novel Red Planet, the main characters are sent to a dispassionately oppressive boarding school where the headmaster attempts to steal the hero's (sentient) pet and the heroes discover a plot against the entire colony.

folder: Live Action TV
* The Graybridge school in "Tomkinson's Schooldays", the pilot episode of the Narnia parody RippingYarns. At Graybridge, School Bully is actually an official position functioning as a one-man AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil.
** "I was seventeen miles from Graybridge before I was caught by the school leopard."
* Francis spends the first few seasons of MalcolmInTheMiddle in military school.
* Ned from PushingDaisies gets sent to a school that is not necessarily a BoardingSchoolOfHorrors as it is a Boarding School of Abandonment and Gloom For Unloved Children.
* Series/Template:Fireflys River Tam went to a SchoolForScheming version of one of these that was presided over by MadScientist Mad Scientists. She came out...a bit touched.
PoltergeistTheLegacys tenth episode "The Substitute" was a classic example of this trope.
* Farringham School For Boys in the Series/DoctorWho adventure "Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E8HumanNature Human Nature", more so in the ExpandedUniverse novel the episodes were based on. And that was before The Doctor turned up, Cosmic Horror-Show in tow.
* Jennie Garth starred in a LifetimeMovie style WithoutConsent which is basically about teenage "re-education" facilities (see Real Life below). Along with torturing the students in their control, whether they've actually done anything wrong or not, the program ditches a clearly-troubled young man as soon as his parents' insurance runs out of money, claiming that he is now "cured". spoiler: He kills himself.
* TowerPrep, where kids with special gifts are knocked out and wake up at this school with no explanation, have no idea where they are, a giant wall keeps them from leaving, they are not allowed to contact the outside, and they are pretty much forced to act like they are simply normal students.

folder: Radio
* Radio/BleakExpectations: St Bastard's.
** Antarctic House is even worse.

folder: Theater
* One of the characters in SpringAwakening is sent to such a school.

folder: Video Games
* VideoGame/Bully takes place in one of these. It starts out miserable and ends up just really sucky. Cliques run the school, classism runs rampant, and physical violence is just about the only way to solve your problems.
* According to herself, the 'famous actress' Gloria Van Gouten in VideoGame/Psychonauts went to one of these. Then again, considering how we found out, and Gloria's condition, it may not be true.

folder: Web Original
* Grave Academy's students and protagonists, are all monsters, and all are at least Deuteragonists.
* Dorian Sanders from v3 of SurvivalOfTheFittest apparently went to one of these, though so far the only clue about said school is the description of how he was psychologically changed by his time there in his bio.
* Template:Addergoole is a boarding school for faeries who've been raised human. There's mind control built into the walls. Slavery and rape are encouraged. The older kids are geased to not tell the new kids anything until it's too late. A lot of them don't want to warn them anyway. The whole school is a training version of their entire society.

folder: Western Animation
* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: The episode "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson" showcases the military school example.
** Although that was something of a subversion; the school itself was fairly decent (the principal even seemed a fair and friendly man) and the only abuse we see was focused entirely on Bart and Lisa (later only Lisa), and was based on other students resenting Lisa for being given the good dorm.
* Daria's dad is traumatized by his father sending him to a military boarding camp with dreaded Corporal Ellenbogen and "boys who can smell fear". In fact, his subplot in Is It College Yet is him trying to convince her not to go to military school (which of course she never wanted to do in the first place).

folder: Real Life
* TruthInTelevision -- News reports of child abuse or horrific bullying at boarding schools are not rare.
** The worst part: for four-fifths of the year the victim is stuck in the same building as their tormenters, longer if they come from overseas. In a lot of boarding houses there is literally no place to hide, often intentionally.
* After attending a real-life version as a youth, RoaldDahl often used the trope in his fiction, including the Matilda example above.
* Creator/CSLewis didn't exactly have the most comfortable stint in BoardingSchool. He even said that he preferred serving in WorldWarI because at least in the army nobody was pretending that it was anything besides a living nightmare.
* PiersAnthony's autobiography "Bio Of An Ogre" relates his NightmareFuel experiences in BoardingSchool.
* Connor "Khonnor" Kirby-Long implies his high school to have been one in the liner notes to Handwriting:
-->No portion of this album's profit if any will be given to Saint Johnsbury Academy.
* Two words; [Tranquility] [Bay]. Thankfully it's been [closed], but the company that ran it, WWASP a.k.a WWASPS (World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools) runs other schools that RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement have been accused by many [of being abusive as well].
** Speaking of WWASP, here's a story of one of the [survivors of the program.]
** This sort of thing was also quite disturbingly glamorised by the british television series Brat Camp
* [Native American boarding schools.] Starting in the 1800s, over 100,000 Indian children were shipped off to Caucasian-run boarding schools where they were force-fed CulturePolice Western culture -- Christianity, the English language, Western styles of dress, etc. -- and forbidden from practicing their own cultural traditions, speaking their native languages, or TearJerker even keeping their names. This in addition to the BoardingSchoolOfHorrors' usual parade of verbal, physical, and sexual abuses. This is why many Native American languages have died out — at these boarding schools, punishments for speaking Native languages ranged from ForceFeeding being forced to eat lye soap to TongueTrauma having a sewing needle pushed through one's tongue.
** A portion of Leslie Marmon Silko's Gardens in the Dunes is set in such a school, although the protagonists escape rather quickly.
** In 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a formal apology to the residential schools former students for the federal government's part in the residential school system. About time, dude...
* Recently systematic abuse has also been discovered in the Catholic boarding schools in Ireland, as well.
** This is pretty bad, but it seems to have caused a lot of people to forget about the older scandals that have dogged government and privately run homes for children for decades.
* Prince Charles has described Gordonstoun School as "Colditz in kilts".
* Solbacka, which inspired Stjärnsberg in Jan Guillou's novel Ondskan (literally "The Evil").
* [Hephzibah House], a religious boarding school in Indiana specializing in "behavior modification." LoopholeAbuse Due to a loophole in Indiana law, the SadistTeachers have been able to physically and sexually abuse teenage girls for over 30 years, according to the horrific accounts of some survivors.

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