Lighthouse Ministries of North West Florida

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Lighthouse Ministries of North West Florida is a behavior modification facility marketed as a Christian boarding school. It is located south of Jay, Florida [1]

The owner of the facility, Brother Michael Palmer, was a long-time associate of Lester Roloff - the founder of the Roloff Homes.

The facility was founded in California under the name Victory Christian Academy. Palmer and his wife moved the facility to Florida after a California judge ordered the facility to close and banned Palmer and his wife Patty from EVER working at another unlicensed facility in the state [2].

Palmer also owned Genesis by the Sea, located in Mexico, which was closed down after a raid by the Mexican authorities on September 10, 2004 where they found evidence of abuse, neglect and a "punishment cell."

Program structure

An example of a weekly schedule is stated to be:

Weekdays Saturday Sunday

wake up around 5:30
breakfast
morning devotion
school
P.E.
lunch
free time
mid-afternoon devotions
Bible reading
free time
dinner
free time

night chapel or church
on Wednesdays and Sundays
going to bed around 9:30

Friday all is the same
except we have Friday night-
which is a fun night thing
where we watch movies and play
games and stuff

wake up at 8
breakfast
clean the school up
P.E.
then afternoon activities

wake up at 8
church 3 times on Sundays

Education

The facility uses the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) workbook curriculum provided by School of Tomorrow [3]. School of Tomorrow requries that just one person in an entire school be "certified" to use the curriculum. This certification is NOT from any state agency. It is issued by School of Tomorrow. This enables schools to use the curriculum without having any certified teachers by the State.

In the news

Independent News brough an article about a small protest performed outside the facility due to an act of abuse committed in 1992 [4]

A girl named Carey Dunn" died while doing some construction work during her detention at former California location [5] [6].

References

  1. The facilities on Google maps
  2. International Survivor Action Committee on the facility
  3. Accelerated Christian Education
  4. Secrets in the Schoolhouse, by Duwayne Escobedo, Independent News, December 2 - 2004
  5. program deaths, tread on the myspace group called "End Institutionalized Child Abuse"
  6. Falling Lumber Kills Hesperia Girl at Academy, The Los Angeles Times, September 25 - 1988 (Reprint from International Survivor Action Committee)

External Links

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