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)