This enclosed boarding school claims to be a Christian school. A former student states:
I am a former girl of Farmer Christian Academy and I would like to share my experience with everyone. I was one of the earlier girls to come in the home and I stayed there for a year. I can honestly say it was the worst year of my life. There was a lot of favoritism played at this girls home and several girls were treated unfairly. While being in church a lot always gave me more spiritual guidance, the traveling was absolutely ridiculous. We would wake up at 3 or 4 AM and go to Tennessee and stay for the morning and night service and then would drive back that night and have to be up for school the next morning. Also, a lot of rules implemented at the home were not biblical at all. Several rules were based off of preference by dorm advisor Crystal Fields. Crystal fields had a very negative attitude towards certain girls and she refused to counsel them as she expressed falsely that we only wanted attention. Also, does the Bible not say “make a joyful noise unto The Lord?” While we were always traveling, we were know for our singing group. God values the Christian that sings for him from the heart no matter how they sound, but Crystal gave the microphones to certain people and made others feel as if they weren’t good enough to praise God. There were a few girls that could not sing very well and they knew they couldn’t, but they still wanted to sing in front of the church for their Savior, but Crystal commanded them to lip sing so they wouldn’t mess up the rest of the group. Also, your child will never be able to talk to you without supervision. All phone calls last exactly 15 minutes and you get one phone call every 2 weeks. You can also send and receive letters, but those are read before they are sent or given to the girl. If Crystal or the staff feels there is something you or your daughter shouldn’t see they will scratch it out with sharpie. When you finally get to see your daughter after 6 months don’t think you will get to have a private conversation with her. Crystal sticks so close that she can hear your inner thoughts. FCA has also had several staff members leave. Does that tell you something? There are a lot of unknown things about Farmer Christian Academy that parents should know before they submit their daughter there. As a former student there, I do NOT recommend FCA to any parent. I’m against this home so strongly that I wouldn’t even send my dog there! If you want your daughter to get some real, Godly help, look into Victorious Valley Christian Girls Home. That home is based solely on Christ.
It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
Hours before a 12 and 13 year old girl had to report at the academy their mother was found death. The girls were later found guilty having participated in the killing of their mother out of fear of the military school they were banished to.
The school is still in operation today and it might be another kind of environment the students face now than the fearful environment which we drove these girls to the ultimate tragedy – the killing of their mother.
It is safe to say that it wasn’t a fun place to be as a teenager back then.
Forced sexual relationships is no fun. Adding the fact that the school was unlicensed, unaccredited and virtually unregulated because it is a private, non-profit school doesn’t make it better.
The brainchild of “El General” aka Evaristo “Ever” Marina closed in 1989. However not before it had made a negative impact on the lives of several students.
It was not a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Small Town, Big Hell (Miami New Times News)
- Military School Unregulated. Legally Avoided U.S. Government . (Ocala Star-Banner – May 12, 1985)
According to Facebook page the Sibanye Youth Cadet Corps, the organization states:
The organization is para-military in its structure. All volunteers must undergo para-military styled training and will be using a military styled uniform. Discipline is required and members must sacrifice in order to achieve organizational goals.
However reading the news former students complain about lack of food, proper shelter etc.
It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
This boarding school is run in connection with a local church where they use a faith based curriculum which will not count as credits at several schools.
An employee was confronted by some of the employees at the church about his relationship with some of the students instead of reporting it to the police. It gave the employee a chance to commit suicide. It is not known how many students this employee were able to molest before he was confronted due to the lack of interview with him.
It is not a school which believes in background checking of their employees. Had they conducted a backgound check on this employee they would have found that he had previous convictions on many charges including possession of marijuana, soliciting the sale of cocaine, probation violation, disorderly conduct and violation of court order.
Of course if they made background checks of the management previous investigations into child abuse would have popped up.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Factsheet about the facility (Fornits Wiki)
- Authorities: Three teenage girls accused Christian school employee who killed himself (The Salisbury Post)
- danny ray kesler (Topix.com)
- Police: Man confronted about alleged child abuse kills himself (WCNC News)
For more then 250 years Skorpeskolen aka Den kongelige opfostringsskole (Royal orphanage school) operated first from a building in the central of Copenhagen, later from a farm in the village Hellebaek in the northern part of Sealand.
It closed in 2005. Today a day-school is using the buildings in Hellebaek. They have no connections to the past.
A number of articles published in Danish newspapers revealed that students in 1970′s had to offer their bodies to at least one teacher. Everybody seemed to know, but none stopped it. A case worker promised the molested students that he wanted to report the teacher but he also molested the teenagers. The case worker died in a traffic accident. We have been approached by various sources who have told us that the investigation into the mysterious traffic accident was stopped as result of orders from people higher in the system. A lot of evidence indicate that students had doctored the brakes. The car was destroyed after the investigation stopped.
We have not been able to find out when the sexual molestations stopped.
To be forced to satisfy a teacher in a private manner cannot be fun for any teenager.
The program started being used for entertainment. The long gone Jenny Jones show used to make a laugh out of kids being bullied on stage by employees from the camp. However some of the boys were not bad, they were just from broken homes and didn’t need a army dressed guy to yell at them.
The camp was closed by the authorities at a point for handcuffing a boy and stopped working some years ago.
- The last resort — As desperate parents try boot camp, critics claim that alternative is laced with problems (From project Nospank)
- Boot Camp Unlicensed Child Handcuffed 3 Days (Star-News – Jun 18, 2000)
A former student wrote about this place:
Ugh it was a shit hole. It was this “Summer boarding school” but it was really just boot camp with school mixed in. It was extremely structured and there were no computers or cellphones or anything like that.
I find it odd that such a place exist when we today are talking year 2014. No computers and no cell-phones outside classes. If my wallet gets stolen I cannot even go down to the policestation and report it. My grandmother tried and she was sent back home to report her crime to the police by computer. Everything is on a computer these days.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- And the pain will make you crazy, you’re the victim of your crime. (Blog entry)
- Factsheet about the program (Fornits Wiki)