September 1, 1976 – Straight, Inc. Opens for Business
The same year that the United States was celebrating its bicentennial or 200th year of independence and freedom, something more Orwellian was taking hold in St. Petersburg, Florida. Many adolescents inadvertently learned first hand why freedom is so important, as their civil liberties were instantly stolen the moment they entered the doors of Straight, Inc.
Since The Seed, Inc. was the first independent adolescent drug program of its kind and it has already been mentioned multiple times as being the precursor to Straight, Inc. I’m going to post a video for you to become more familiar with The Seed program.
Of course I will be writing more in depth about the Seed in the future, but this is a preview. Just keep in mind, this is the Seed behaving for the cameras. (Thanks to Cyndee Kavula and the others involved in getting this footage online.)
A Seed of Hope (Television footage of The Seed, Inc.)
A Seed of Hope – part 1
The Seed was an experimental drug rehabilitation program located in Broward and Dade county Florida in the 70’s. The Seed was operated by Art Barker who was a recovering alcoholic and failed stand up comedian. Using some of the basic principles of AA and incorporating peer pressure group-cult techniques, he manipulated many parents into submitting their children into a program with no proven results. Run by former drug addicts and court ordered felons, the program quickly lost its financial support when the exaggerated claims of success were made public and questions about the programs methods came under scrutiny. The Seed is believed to be one of the predecessors for various other gulag type drug rehabs which abuse and mistreat young children all around the country including Straight,Inc., Kids helping Kids and Pathway Family Center, which are all shut down. (Author’s note: These programs are all shut down under these names, but there are Seed and Straight-like programs still operating today under different names.)
The video is archived television footage provided by Florida Moving Image Archives Miami-Dade Public Library
A Seed of Hope — part 2
Art Barker, father of the Seed experimental group cult in the 70’s shows off his talents in this mocumentary propaganda made for television film clip . This is what you get when a washed up stand up comedian and his faithful band of misfit convicted junkies get a scholarship and grant [money] to legally abuse children.
A Seed of Hope — part 3
The final frontier awaits as Art Barker, father of the Seed continues to abuse children as young as 9 by allowing court ordered junkies to bully them into submission. Many of the children in this program did not use or abuse drugs, yet no one could go home until they admitted to being a drug addict. Most kids lied and said they did every drug, like a parrot mimicking every word. Typical harsh “come down on ” group meetings would be followed by telling the victim that you loved them. These emotional rap sessions were often violent and abusive in nature and involved frantic hand waving sessions in order to participate, which was what it took to be able to go home. Sometimes victims languished for weeks while sitting in hard metal chairs from 10 AM to 10 PM. Parents had no idea where their children slept, as they were shipped off to foster homes of other programmers throughout south Florida.
A Seed of Hope — Out takes
More cult propaganda out takes of child abuse at the hands of an alcoholic and his junkie staff members recruited off the streets to abuse children ages 9-17. Step right up and get your pb & j on white bread, with the crust and a cup of red dye #2 flavored sugar water. And here, let me light that smoke for you, every hour on the hour!