In the past few days, we’ve seen some heinous treatment of interns including facilitators and staff members that terrorized a girl with a cockroach, watched idly as a guy has a panic attack, and Heath Stoner taunts interns as he literally endangers their lives.
In the first few seconds of this short clip, you’ll see yet another example of how the interns are rountinely screamed at. Personally, this gives me the creeps.
Teen Mania’s defense for the continued verbal assault and harassment is that they are doing this for the intern’s good. They do NOT enjoy it. In fact, they will often tell you that its harder to be a facilitator than to be a participant. Supposedly, their heart is breaking inside as they have to yell at these interns and push them harder.
To find out whether or not that is true, we would need to see how the facilitators act when they are NOT around interns. When they gather together to plan their next move, do their words indicate love and respect for the interns?
In this clip, David Hasz is instructing a group of facilitators about the next activity. Prior to giving his instructions to the facilitators, he yells across the field to the interns, belittling their intelligence. At this, nearly all the facilitators giggle with glee – even though they are not directly facilitating the interns. While huddled together away from the interns, one facilitator even uses the word “retard.” As Dave describes the next sadistic activity, he calls it “fun.”
As you watch their reactions, ask yourself if this looks like a group of people who find it painful to harass and terrorize the interns? Or is this a group of people that ENJOYS bringing pain and heartbreak to the interns?
If you are a parent, are these the type of people you want to entrust your child to?
UPDATE: It is important to note that not every single facilitator is reflected by the above comments. Some are more or less forced to facilitate. This post refers primarily to the staff members and graduate interns that enjoy the power trip that ESOAL brings. No doubt that some graduate interns do not enjoy facilitating and are just as much a victim of the situation as the undergraduates.