Bethel Boys Academy

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Bethel Boys Academy was a behavior modification facility located on the campus in Lucedale, Mississippi, where Gulf Coast Academy is placed today.

It was founded by the Fountain family.

It used to be for boys only, but after the authorities closed another Bethel Girls Academy in Petal operated in relationship with this facility, teenagers of both genders were detained here, but the program rules used at WWASP-facilities state punishment for communication outside group therapy between the two genders.

Program Structure

Levels systems

This facility used corporal punishment

In the early days they were created with a structure similar to the Christian Boarding School concept used by Roloffs homes. It consisted of basically four levels and a demerit-system involving the use of corporal punishment.

When the WWASP chain of behavior modification facilities grew during the 1990's they adopted this concept, which involved six levels and marathon therapy sessions and a demerit system which involved placement in stress positions inside rooms called "observement placement" (O.P.) guarded by staff.

An example of how the handbook for cadets looked like when the facility was named Respect Camp can be viewed at Fornits [1].

New Names

After being shut down by the authorties on claims of abuse, the Fountain family tried to relaunce the facility under new names like - Eagle Point Christian Academy, Camp Respect and Pine View Academy with limited succes. The were still using the program concept from WWASP [2] [3] [4].

Closure and sale

The Hurricane Katrina damaged the facility severely (with detained teenagers inside it - however, none was hurt) and the management - the Fountains - decided to sell it. They are today running a group home for adults.

The owners were the Lichfield family also owning WWASP facilities like Carolina Springs Academy and Pillars of Hope in Costa Rica.

In the news

The facility was raided by the authorities in 1988 [5].

Bethel Boys Academy has a history of abuse allegations and state investigations dating to 1988, when 72 children were removed by state welfare officials. In 1990, a judge closed the school, then owned by Herman Fountain Sr. In 1994, Fountain reopened it as Bethel Boys Academy.

There was a riot in 2005.

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Survivor groups

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References

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