Unforgettable New Memoir
From Ronald J. Bernier!
of families drove past those old, creepy stone cottages in the
Sockanosset neighborhood of Cranston, Rhode Island. And generations
of terrified children were put on strict notice -- misbehave,
and you might find yourself locked up in that terrible Bad
The Class of 1969 is the story of one of those children who
was not only threatened like so many other kids his age, but
due to chronic behavioral problems brought on by a childhood
full of loss and poverty, found himself incarcerated at Sockanosset
formally known as the Rhode Island Training School. There,
he would be rehabilitated by the state, endure violence,
face racial unrest, and battle profound loneliness while attempting
to come to terms with who he was and what he had become.
also the story of a troubled teen spiraling into the dark
depths of crime and alcohol dependency, and the inspirational
journey of spiritual awakening that saved his life. And at
the center of it all were those iconic stone cottages, and
hundreds of boys just like him locked-up and lost in a terrifying,
brutal and cold-hearted system.