Alpine Academy sometime mentioned as Utah Youth Village is located near Erda in Utah.
Recently this facility housed the daughter of a deceased well-known composer and singer whos name we are not going to name due to the privacy of the daughter.
In 2009 a house-parent was charged with various crimes due to his intimate relationship with one of the girls.
In 2011 ran from the facility. She was killed during a police shoot-out involving her boyfriend.
It doesn’t seem like a fun place to be as a teenager.
The new management decided to relocate the facility to Virginia
It didn’t take long before they caught the interest of the local authorities. The police charged several employees in relationship with the incident in the video above. It lead to the closure of the school. Maybe this will be the last chapter in the long history of this school.
It didn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Abundant Life Academy director arrested for sexual battery (The Caroline Progress)
- Staff List (HEAL-online)
- Prosecutor: Christian boarding school employees caught on camera brutally beating teen boy in their care (Q13 News)
- Owner of Christian Academy closes school amid security questions, abuse convictions (WTYR News)
After the “visit” from the Child Protective Services in Nevada the management moved the facility to Utah where the legislation continues to be relaxed bordering to non-existing.
They were located in a former maternity home in Kanab in Utah. They also opened a department in Jessup Georgia.
In 2010 a boy escaped from the facility and was involved in car accident. He ended up in the local juvenile prison and the other students were envious about the conditions he endured.
The feedback from the graduated students were spread around the Internet and it discouraged families from using the services the facility provided. They tried to downsize by moving the facility to St. George. In the end the management sold the business to a new group of owners who made the choice to start up from scratch in another state. This phase is covered by the next article.
Today a Facebook group discuss the daily life during that period. It didn’t sound like a fun place to be.
- THE HEART AND HISTORY OF ABUNDANT LIFE ACADEMY
- The Truth About Abundant Life Academy (Facebook Group)
- Abundant Life Academy has employee shake-up (Southern Utah News)
- High speed chase ends with spikes in Marble Canyon area (Southern Utah News)
- Reviews – Abundant Life Academy (Topix.com)
Abundant Life Academy is the name for several facilities. This article covers the Adudant Life Academy which were located several places in Mexico and Nevada.
In 2004 they were forced to close down their activities after incidents involving the authorities. As the founder described it with bible quotes:
6 months later Abundant Life Academy was hit with the biggest attack of all to date. Child Protective Services of Nevada had received a false report of neglect and abuse from a former disgruntled parent of ALA (late April of 2005). For whatever reason, this parent submitted several false claims (totally fabricated) to CPS of Nevada, who then launched an attack of epic proportion against Abundant Life Academy. On May 2nd, 2005, CPS illegally, without investigating the false allegations, removed 33 ALA students from Hidden Canyon Ranch. Due to the uproar from the ALA parents CPS immediately launched a strategy to cover up their actions. To justify their illegal actions CPS filed a series of false reports against Abundant Life Academy that were eventually found to be unsubstantiated.
“Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who because a guide to those who arrested Jesus. For he was counted among us and received his share in this ministry.” Acts 1:16
While the court let the case go due to a technicality, the authorities are not using their time on this area unless it is serious so it is safe to state that it could not have been fun to be staying there as a teenager.
It has been some years since the police found boys on the point of starving at this academy. At the time of its closure the boarding school was named Blue Ridge Military Academy but earlier it was run under the name Bunker Hill Military School.
Among the key employees were Sean Mask who in 1995 was charged with videotaping boys in the shower at a camp in Indiana, but charges were later dropped. At the time of the closure Sean Mask was on probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Another employee was Irene Elizabeth Bradbury who later became involved in a traffic incident. Two employees Robert Earl Herrington and Dale Curtis were mentioned to have been arrested in the case.
It didn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
- State orders camp to close (Saint Peterburgs Times Online)
- Camp instructors out on bond (The Augusta Chronicle)
- It’s taps again for boot camp (Saint Peterburgs Times Online)
- Former director of military academy accused of battery (Saint Peterburgs Times Online)
This company has wilderness trips for young people. If the teenagers were there on an exclusive voluntary basis we wouldn’t write about it here but it seems that some teenagers were forced to attend these activities against their will. We even heard of a foreigner named Hannah Nuszen from the United States being forced to attend these activities on the what for her is the other side of the world.
That is where we must be alerted. Not only can nothing good come from being pressured into an activity it can lead to psychological damages or posttraumatic stress disorder. Around the millennium many teenagers from the United States were forced into discount rehabs in countries like Samoa, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Czech Republic. The suffering they endured was terrible and the number of former students in these facilities has a high number of suicide attempts where many tragically were successful.
Israel is located near a warzone where any use of force towards teenagers who might already have been traumatized should be avoided at all cost.
We can only urge parents to consider very carefully using force to achieve the goal of having a Stepford child. It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Some Hoping New Director Will Revert Young Judaea Course to Simpler Times (Haaretz)
- A US girl exiled to Israel (Domestic Prisoners of Conscience)
- Hannah Nuszen- Healthy Child Committed by Abusive Father (Youtube)
The police found the bruises on some boarding school students were too severe to be justified according to the law. While this boarding school like so many make use of corporal punishment the court now have to decide whether the employees were out of line. Sources have told us that the bruising were “ordinare” and what both students and parents should expect when they sign kids up for a stay in a religious based Baptist boarding school. The police came to another conclusion.
But based on the common knownledge about how it is to be student at such a place it is safe to state that it wasn’t fun.
- Clarksville, Ind. pastor facing felony charges (WHAS 11 news)
- More details released in Indiana boarding school abuse allegations (WLKY News)
Sometime you have to endure something to achieve something. For two teenagers it meant that they had to live in prison for years. But still many think that it was a better outcome than staying additional months at Maximum Life Skills.
Unfortunately an innocent counselor died during the events which led to their imprisonment – A man with so much potential whose life was cut short. This counselor was led down by the management. The other teenagers forced to live at the facility was led down forced to witness the terrible events.
The state of Utah closed down Maximum Life Skills. They had not secured proper paperwork when they took in out-of-state students. They had not employees in the right number working at all time 24-7.
It seems odd that the manager in charge now runs Second Chances located in LaVerkin. Maybe it is only a question of time before the next tragedy happens.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
This facility is marketed as a religious boarding school for male teenagers aged between 12 and 17. It is located in Robertsdale, Alabama. The management seems have been working for some of the infamous religious boarding schools in Missouri.
Communication with peers back home is restricted. The curriculum is ACE which makes it hard to be accepted into most colleges.
Spending time where you don’t achieve real credits and missing out of high school parties makes it safe to state that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Blessed Hope Boys Academy and Gary Wiggins – what is his past? (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora)
- Knowledge of the past of brother Gary Wiggins is sought (Fighting Institutional Child Abuse Network)
- Factsheet of the facility (Fornits Wiki)
Victory Acres Children’s home was located in Alice in Texas. Whoever enters the now abandoned buildings may have the possibility to read confidential papers made about the girls who lived there because they didn’t destroy the records when they closed down.
Corporal punishment was used and it is safe to state that it wasn’t fun to be there as a teenager.