Lies, Deceit, & Murder: Nightmare at STAR Academy Bootcamp

“What Really Happened to Brady Alan Folkens?”

Brady Alan Folkens
Brady Alan Folkens

8/14/15 Custer, SD. By Devin Saxon. Intent on keeping children in South Dakota as indoctrinated as possible, the first reaction to a teenager not showing up for school is to threaten the parents with truancy. After these threats the state will encourage parents to file a CHINS ( Child in Need Of Supervision) petition. Once this is done anything from wearing your hat backwards in school, to failing a urinary analysis for a herb, will land that child in Custer, SD, at a bootcamp called the STAR academy. Under these exact same circumstances and using these same methods, It was not that long ago that the state forced Brady Alan Folkens, 17, into their custody. Less than 90 days later Brady passed away due to a severe liver ailment that went ignored by the state; his mother buried him on Christmas.  Although Brady grew ill in state custody and the state ignored his plights for medical attention, Brady Folkens’ mother, Dawn Van Ballegooyen, was charged over $250,000 in medical bills.  The state claims a rare virus shut down Brady’s liver, and that they are not responsible, but documents show a more logical cause of death, one that implicates the state’s involvement in a massive cover-up.

STARS Academy
STAR Academy

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The follow document, found in the Department of Criminal Investigation’s report on the death Brady Folkens, clearly shows that staff at the STAR academy in Custer had prescribed Brady, without his mother’s knowledge, Minocyline — an antibiotic used to treat acne. An official at STAR academy initialed that they had administered the medication to Brady up until the day he died on the 21st of December.   

Minocyline

Brady describes in his journal receiving this medication on December 5th 2013,  2 weeks before his passing.

“I went to see the doctor today. I got prescribed an anti-biotic. I’ve taken it before so hopefully I wont be immune. Also I’ve gotten like three other antibiotics — one the past year. I wonder if that effects anything.” – Brady Folkens

Brady's Journal - Entry 12/5/15

Not long after, on December 10th and on December 16th,  Brady describes feeling unusual and not well:

“Today I felt really weird this morning… I felt really tired in school.” Brady Folkens, December 10th 2013 entry

“I’ve been really tired these last couple of days which sucks, and I’m not entirely sure as to why. I’m not looking forward to PT as usual. My mom comes to visit this weekend which makes me really excited.” – Brady Alan Folkens, December 16th 2013 entry

That weekend was the last time Brady’s mother saw him alive; she didn’t even know he had been ill.

Brady's journal entry 12/10/13

Brady's Journal 12/15/15
Brady’s Journal 12/16/15 7 days before Brady died

According to the National Library of Medicine, extended use of Minocycline may result in an injury to the liver, “sometimes after several years of use.” Patients using Minocycline are advised to stop taking the medication and “contact a doctor immediately” if they have any of the following symptoms: “nausea, extreme tiredness, weakness, stomach pain, vomiting, or yellowing of the skin.”

Source: National Library of Medicine
Source: National Library of Medicine
Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine
Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine

Documents from Custer Regional Hospital claim that Brady was told them he had abdominal pain, was nauseous and vomiting, had diarrhea, and was suffering from extreme exhaustion since at least the 17th of December, FOUR days prior to being admitted to the hospital on the 21st of December, and THREE days before STAR academy officials claim they noticed Brady was sick. Brady told Custer hospital staff that he was experiencing the “worst possible pain” at the time of his admittance into the care of professional medical officials.

Custer Regional Hospital Report

Custer Regional Hospital Doc

Although Brady had complained in writing that he had been ill for several days on the 16th of December, and told Custer Regional Hospital he had been vomiting since at least the 17th of December, the Department of Criminal Investigations concluded that Brady had only been sick since the 20th of December. Shortly after Brady’s death, Brady’s mother Dawn, describes in an interview with Lee Stranahan receiving a phone call from a staff member at STAR academy wishing to tell Dawn “a story she really needs to hear.” This mystery caller told Dawn that they witnessed Brady throwing up in a waste paper basket for several days prior to when the state admits Brady’s illness was acknowledged. The caller told Dawn that when one of the staff members noticed Brady vomiting the guard exclaimed, “Folkens, if you’re faking it you’re doing a damn good job of it.”

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The report conducted by the Department of Criminal Investigations also states that several staff members at STARS academy administered Tylenol to Brady after he had complained of symptoms including: “vomiting, feeling weak, exhaustion, abdominal pain, and a yellowing skin tone.” All of which are identical symptoms to liver injury due to the extended use of the anti-biotic medication Minocycline. A doctor was not contacted immediately, and STAR Academy staff continued administering Minocycline along with Tylenol.

According to DrugWatch.com, “Liver failure is the most serious side effect of Tylenol. Under normal conditions the liver eliminates acetaminophen (Tylenol) and it’s byproducts without a problem.” If Brady’s liver was suffering from autoimmunity due to the extended use of Minocycline, the STAR Academy staff’s decision to add Tylenol to the equation and not consult a doctor immediately after Brady complained of symptoms identical to complications with Minocyclin could have been the fatal element leading to Brady’s death.

Source: DrugWatch.com
Source: DrugWatch.com

According to the DCI Report on the death of Brady Folkens, Brady was forced to shovel snow on the 20th of December, the day before his death, even after STAR academy staff admit he complained he was feeling extremely ill.  Medical staff at Custer Regional Hospital were told by Brady that he had been nauseous, vomiting, and feeling exhausted since at least the 17th of December, THREE DAYS prior to being forced to shovel snow. It would be 24 more hours until Brady would receive any medical attention where doctors would later determine that Brady had a blot clot in his liver. He died en route to Avera Mckennan Hospital in Sioux Falls on the 21st of December.

When Governor Daugaard was confronted by Dawn about the death of her child he did NOT apologize, but instead told her, “That’s a not a good deal.” Brady’s mom later received a $250,000 medical bill in the mail, and a $50,000 bill for the emergency charted jet.

DCI report

According to a study conducted by Neil S. Goldstein, MD, Nasser Bayatti, MD, Ann L. Silverman, MD, and Stuart D. Gordan, MD, Brady’s life may have been saved had STAR academy staff not continued administering Brady’s prescribed Minocycline upon the first signs of severe side-effects from that medication. In their study a 16-year old who had taken Minocycline for acne had complained of symptoms similar to Brady’s. Her doctor told her to stop taking Minocycline immediately; after four weeks her liver was functioning normally again.

Minocycline Study

Minocycline Study

A pathology report conducted by Raed A. Sulaiman, MD, found that Parvovirus B-19 DNA and anti-bodies were found in a sample of Brady’s blood. Although it is extremely rare, Dr. Sulaiman concluded that Brady died from complications induced by this rare virus generally found in animal life. However author Fabio R. Tarvio, MD, PHD claims that Lymphocytic Myocarditis is not only initiated by Parovirus B-19, but also augmented by autoimmunity. Autoimmunity is a complication where the body attacks it’s own cells, and is caused by disease or severe reactions to medications. Severe reactions like the ones caused by complications from Minocycline, the same Minocycline prescribed to Brady, along with Tylenol, leading up to his death. Dr. Raed Sulaiman’s pathology report also states that Lymphocytic Myocarditis can also be caused by “auto-immune disease and drug reactions.”

Pathology Report - Brady

What kind of perversion is it when children are sent out to their deaths for skipping school and failing a test for the consumption of herbs? Is it really a trait of intelligence to be “obedient” to a master? Are public schools in America today even actually giving children an “education,” or are they simply indoctrinating the youth to adopt submissive beliefs? Was Brady ever asked if he wasn’t being challenged enough attending school?

The following audio clip was found on Soundcloud and was uploaded by Brady Folkens shortly before being admitted into the STAR academy. Does this sound like a dumb student who smoked herbs and deserved to die, or an extremely gifted and talented musician who simply had things on his mind above and beyond his peers?

Brady Tweet

 “Recording of Brady Folkens Playing Guitar at age 15”

Perhaps South Dakota needs to re-think how it handles children before another gifted artist gets murdered by poisoning and neglect until liver failure is imminent. Who are they to expect that every single 17-year-old in South Dakota is not capable of independently educating themselves? Such as how Abraham Lincoln independently educated himself on becoming a lawyer. Time and time again America’s greatest leaders are those who don’t abide by the norms of their peers.

Brady’s mother pleaded with the state to send her son to a treatment facility over the herb detected in Brady’s urinary analysis. The state concluded that it would be more profitable to charge Dawn $300 a month for them to slowly murder her son, then transfer custody back over to her after Brady had turned blue, and had been deceased for some time, so that they would not have to be responsible for the $250,000+ in medical bills and emergency air flights.

Skipping school and smoking a herb does not equate to needing to send that child to a bootcamp EVER, and it is especially not worth it to scare the youth into attending class for “educational purposes” with a possible death sentence hanging over their heads. Will Dawn ever get justice for the negligent homicide committed by the state? I hope so, but all I can really say for certain is that God has a bootcamp for all those involved in this cover up, and all those involved with the murder of this child. Full Interviews with Dawn Van Ballegooyen can be found at the following links:

“No Honor Left From South Dakota’s Media”

“Brady Folkens: The Facts and Unanswered Questions” via Dakota Reporter

“Justice for Brady Alan Folkens”  FaceBook Page

“In Loving Memory of Brady Alan Folkens” FaceBook Page

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