199. Bethesda home for girls

The facility was also mentioned as Christian Life Academy. It was located near Hattiesburg in Mississippi.

Its was yet another so-called Christian boarding school involving yet another police investigation. It became yet another example of a place where they used violence as corporal punishment is against teenagers.

A lawsuit which was settled mentioned cases where a Reverend allegedly paddled pregnant teens and detained a 19-year-old against her will. It is mentioned that a girl died while trying to escape the facility in 1980.

After the closure of the program, the manager Reverend Bob Wills went on the establish Mountain Park Baptist Boarding Academy, which closed after 2 students murdered another to escape the horrible conditions at the Missouri boarding school.

Fortunately no teenagers can be tormented there anymore as the campus burned down.

It could not have been fun to live there as a teenager.


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About Rotsne

Danish immigrant, but very integrated. After having worked for another research center, I have recently started working for International Culture Exchange where I serve the youth and their families wanting to become an exchange student.

2 responses to “199. Bethesda home for girls”

  1. Marjie says :

    I was there. I can attest to the fact that they made their money not only off of the tuition paid by parents but by the adoptions they brokered. The girls received nothing by the way, not even regular doctor visits. Thank you to the Sothern Poverty Law Center for taking on the Wills and helping to have this place shut down.


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