Yes, the Elan School was a real place:
Elan School’s Record of Atrocities
The Legal Industry for Kidnapping Teens
Suffer the Little Children: Élan School and the Industry of Legalized Child Abuse
His family asks: What really happened to Phil at the Elan School?
Maine police looking into 33-year-old death at Elan School
Police: Death of Elan School student is ‘priority’ for state investigators
Exclusive: New York State Acts to End Abuses at Elan School
Ex-students at Skakel trial describe Elan as ‘horrific’
About Those Tales of Elan School
Former victims describe dangerous “therapy” at Elan School for troubled teens in Maine
Former Elan Student: A lifetime of bad memories
Skeletons in the Classroom
I am a survivor of the Élan School, an abusive cult boarding school shut down thanks to reddit in 2011, ask me anything!
Thank you Reddit. You helped shut down the Elan School. I’m deeply thankful to this entire community. If you want to know more about this place, AMA.
Even skimming this post once will blow your mind, most probably think thats its made up but you would be dead wrong
Web campaigners happy to take credit for Elan School closure
Increasingly, Internet Activism Helps Shutter Abusive ‘Troubled Teen’ Boot Camps
Michael Skakel’s Boarding School Elan Closed After Negative Attacks
‘Skakel’ School of Hard Knocks
Controversial Elan School closing due to low numbers, negative Web campaign
Elan School for troubled teens to close
The day ‘Officer Smiley’ helped a boy escape from the Elan School
Elan – For the Child’s Own Good
Children of Darkness
The Last Stop – Trailer
The Last Stop: The true story of the Elan School
“The Last Stop” on imdb
Filmmaker talks Elan School, documentary at Great Falls Forum
Exploring Elan (the Elan “campus” after it closed)
Exploring Elan: The Remains of a Controversial School for Troubled Teens! PART 1
Exploring Elan: The Remains of a Controversial School for Troubled Teens! PART 2
Elan – The Real Story from the Inside Out
Elan School Horror Story
Red Bar Radio: Mike’s Boarding School Story
Duck in a Raincoat: The Joe Ricci Story
A Life Gone Awry: My Story of the Elan School
The Game: A Return to the Elan School
The Murder of Dawn Birnbaum (died while on the run from Elan)