|Bhatnagar Polices Human Rights
in the Cradle of Liberty
BY ANDY GREENBERG
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Chandra Bhatnagar, L'01 describes an appalling scene: a juvenile
detention center where the worst imaginable human rights abuses
are commonplace. Children are beaten for minor infractions.
Some are hog-tied or shackled to poles. Others are stripped and
left naked in cells for hours, sometimes in total darkness.
As Americans, we'd like to imagine these atrocities took place
in Sudan or China, the sort of countries we usually associate
with the words "human rights abuse." But these incidents occurred
much closer to home, at the Columbia Training School, a
reformatory school in Mississippi. And it's Bhatnagar's mission
to remind us: you don't need a passport to witness tragic cases
of indifference, oppression, and exploitation.