Bethel Boys Academy
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.
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.
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   .
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.
- For more recent news about the facility, see Gulf Coast Academy article.
In the news
The facility was raided by the authorities in 1988 .
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.
- The webpage as it looked when the facility was called Bethel Boys Academy
- The webpage as it looked when the facility was called Eagle Point Christian Academy - please notice that a school in Sapulpa, Oklahoma also uses this name - they are not related.
- The webpage as it looked when the facility was called Respect Camp
- Riot Rocks Lucedale Academy, Original posted on Clarion Ledger
- Info articles
- Info: The lawsuits against bethel boys academy in mississippi, HEAL-online
- Info: Parents sue Bethel Boys Academy - Cadets beaten, forced to work at military style school lawyer says, By Lora Hines, Clarion Ledger, November 3 - 2004 (Reprint from International Survivor Action Committee)
- Info: News Stories about Bethel Boys & Girls Academy to Eagle Point Christian Academy, Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth (CAFETY)
- Info: An number of articles on International Survivor Action Committee including links to photos of the facility.
- Info: Parents Sue Bethel Boys Academy; Plaintiffs allege systemic, methodical torture of youths, Project Nospank, November 2 - 2004
- Info: 2 children's homes under investigation, By Riva Brown, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.), November 7, 2002 (Reprint from Project Nospank)
- Info: WWASP-info about the history of the facility
- Survivor groups
- Message boards
- Forum: Bethel Boys Academy, Lucedale, MS, a tread on Fornits webforum
- Forum: RE:Bethel Boys Academy ABUSE & TORTURE, a tread on the forum of Hard Truth.
- Forum: Update on lawsuit/Bethel Boys Academy, a tread on Youthrights
- Forum: Consent decree sets guidelines for Bethel - Requirements settle abuse allegations, allow academy to remain open - a tread on Parents rights i Schools, Yahoo Groups
- Forum: Anti-WWASP forum on Gulf Coast Academy (registration required)
Watch organization status
This facility was on the watchlist of International Survivor Action Committee