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BETHEL BOYS ACADEMY
aka Eagle Point Christian Academy aka Pine View Academy aka Gulf Coast Academy
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One motherís story
This past summer of 2003 my husband and I placed our son at Bethel Boys Academy in Lucedale, Mississippi. It is owned and run by Herman Fountain and his son John Fountain. My son was only there for a few days when I had changed my mind and returned to Miss. to claim him. During those few days he was beaten, tortured and deprived of food, sleep, water and bathroom privileges. He was covered head to toe in bruises. We took our son to the Attorney General's office in Jackson, MS. They sent an investigator to get my son's deposition and also to try and take pictures of the bruises. Within the next month another 16 boys would be removed from that torture chamber. All with stories of abuse, beatings for no reasons, torture including electrical shock. Being locked in a footlocker for the whole day. Forced exercise for hours straight with no breaks and no water. The Attorney General's office had 13 of those boys testify before a judge asking to close the place down. Mike Moore publicly announced his intention to do just that in all the newspapers down in MS. We were all to appear in court on August 26th, 2003 to testify and show proof of the abuse the boys suffered at the hands of the Fountains and their evil Drill Instructors. Two days before court Mike Moore, the Attorney General made yet another deal with Bethel Boys Academy to allow them to remain open. I guess his political agenda (possibly running for U.S. Senator) was more important to him than saving all those abused children's lives. The new decree with Bethel admits guilt right and left. It basically says they will no longer use electrical shock on the children. They will give them water to drink. I couldn't believe that the State of MS. knows about this abuse as this particular home has been in the news every year since they opened. The State even shut them down before only to have them reopen a few years later to continue with the abuse. We treat our P.O.W.'s better than that. These are innocent children. Herman and John Fountain love to blast their mouths in the paper that this is a last resort school. Only the bad children come there. My son wasn't bad, just getting off the right path. He wasn't in trouble with the law, never has been. My son was in there with children who thought Bethel was a private Christian Military Academy. They don't advertise as a teen boot camp where your child can be abused and tortured for a whopping $25,000 a year. The Fountains are liars and child abusers. The State of Miss. and Mike Moore are weak and too concerned about their own political agenda to do that right thing - which is to stop legalized child abuse.
the parent who wrote this report on Bethel Boys Academy e-mail: WatchaDuen@aol.com
second parentís account of abuse!
son was recently enrolled in Bethel Boys Academy. After 2 Ĺ
weeks, I was permitted to visit. I had had one prior telephone
call with him that left me disturbed. I felt as though he was
holding back and there was something he would like to share with me.
When my son was brought to me that Sun afternoon, he was dirty and
his clothing was too small. He hugged me like he hadnít in a
very long time. Thank goodness we were allowed the privacy to
visit alone even though I was told beforehand we would not. My son
began to tell me stories of physical and mental abuse. He was
sobbing which is not a side of him I see very often. Needless to
say, when I left he was with me. He cried as we pulled out of the
drive for those that were being left behind. I know the school was
investigated last Thursday and over 100 boys were interviewed and not
one child was removed. I find it more than hard to believe that
signs of abuse were not visible. What about the filthy living
conditions???????????? Odd that I would receive a call at my home
at 4:30 am the morning after the investigation. A child calling
before dark from a fax machine at Bethel!!!!! He hung up, or was
forced to hang up, before I could find out what he wanted. Do you
think a child would take that type of a risk if everything was fine?
As expensive as that facility is, you would think one would
presume that these are educated parents making these claims on behalf of
their children. Something has got to be done to put an end to this
uncivil, pitiful excuse for a boys school!!!!!
Wake up Mississippi before you have
a tragedy on your hands!!!!
this parent through HEAL at
A SURVIVOR'S STORY
Benjamin Joseph Demarteau
Everything in my statement is true. I give HEAL permission to
use my statement.
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