The Only Way Out
A Storyby Alethea Black
The camping trip was Fetterman’s idea. Carla had reached the end of her rope months ago and had been looking into one of those hard-core rebellious-teen boot camps, where the unspoken motto seemed to be that you have to be broken before you can be fixed. But then there was a death at the very camp they’d researched: a boy named Martin Lee Anderson—who was also fifteen and even looked a little like Derek—had died after collapsing during a march and then being kicked in the abdomen by one of the counselors. There was a lawsuit, and a 20/20 exposé, and it quickly became clear to both Fetterman and Carla that perhaps tough love was not the answer.