Richard Kent Smith draws intimate personal knowledge of the secret private school world described in his book, Della's Children.
Having spent thirteen years in the violent institutions depicted in the book, he made his escape, and went on to work his way through high school, college, and graduate school. His degrees are in Art and Secondary Education, with graduate work in the fine arts. He has been both a teacher and counselor. He has worked with former students, parents, and educators to publicize the fraud, abuses, and violence in the private school world, calling for the equitable testing and treatment of retarded children, with an emphasis on the inspection and investigation of unregulated privately-operated institutions.
Sometimes violent and
grotesque, sometimes humorous and touching, this is an
angry teenager's first-person narrative in a uniquely
sarcastic personal style. It is a riveting tale of
imprisonment, escape, and redemption. It is the
true-to-life disturbing chronicle of a few courageous
youngsters who prevailed over a skeptical adult world to
expose the crimes of a demented woman who had ultimate
power and wealth.