This is a  staff list for Carolina Springs Academy on border of South Carolina & Georgia

(aka WWASPS)

Re-Opened in 2011 as Magnolia Christian School (still a WWASPS/Lichfield program)

CAROLINA SPRINGS ACADEMY/MAGNOLIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IS CLOSED.

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at the Magnolia Christian School/Carolina Springs Academy.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.  If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Carolina Springs Academy, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Magnolia Christian School/Carolina Springs Academy, please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.  This will help!   Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.

 

 

This program is now closed.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Elaine Davis School Director HEAL chose not to do background checks regarding staff professional licensure because at the time we went to check we found the program to be closed and the point to be moot.  If any of them are working at any operational fraudulent and abusive facilities, HEAL will check their licensure and report. 
Narvin Lichfield Owner  
Shaun Patrick Williams Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail dated March 9th, 2012
Dan West Family Rep Reported by survivor via e-mail dated March 9th, 2012
Mr. Chad Family Rep Reported by survivor via e-mail dated March 9th, 2012
Ken Washington Family Rep Reported by survivor via e-mail dated March 9th, 2012
Tony Davis Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail dated March 9th, 2012 (Elaine's husband)
Tony Jones Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail dated March 9th, 2012
Mr. Gus aka Augustus Jackson Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail dated March 9th, 2012
Mr. Bo Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail dated March 9th, 2012
Mr. Kenny Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail dated March 9th, 2012
Mr. Mike Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail dated March 9th, 2012
Mr. Claude Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail dated March 9th, 2012
Mr. Paul Staff  
Mr. Shaun Staff  
Christopher Padot Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail dated June 3rd, 2014
Mr. Brown Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail dated June 3rd, 2014
Mr. Willie Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail dated October 21st, 2014
Mr. Roscoe Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail dated October 21st, 2014
Becky Sorrows Therapist Sorrows is not a licensed therapist nor counselor in South Carolina.  Source: https://verify.llronline.com/LicLookup/Counselors/Counselors.aspx?div=18  Sorrows is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in Georgia.  Source: http://verify.sos.ga.gov/websites/verification/Search.aspx
*(Carolina Springs Academy/Magnolia Christian School, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)
Article: Carolina Springs Academy is closed.  It re-opened in 2011.  The new name is Magnolia Christian School.
Robert Odom: Survivor Comment on Close Provo Canyon School Petition (See #1144)
Article: Fire destroys dorm at school for troubled teens--June 26th, 2008--ABBEVILLE, S.C. --Authorities say fire destroyed a dorm at a boarding school for troubled teens in Abbeville County, but no one was injured in the blaze. Carolina Springs Academy Director Elaine Davis says several students returning to the dorm after lunch Wednesday smelled smoke.  Fire officials say the blaze burned for more than two hours and destroyed the dorm at the school which specializes in helping students that aren't reaching their potential because of their behavior.  The school has moved the boys to another dorm on campus. The Red Cross plans to give them bedding, clothes and school supplies.  (Webmaster Note: Carolina Springs Academy is a WWASPS program and confirmedly abusive.  It should be closed, permanently.)  (Unable to locate story at time of archiving.  Source: www.charlotte.com  Date: June 26, 2008)
The phone number ((864) 379-3501) associated with Carolina Springs Academy and the address for Magnolia Christian School (86 Green Acres Lane, Donalds, SC 29638) has been disconnected.  HEAL is working to verify whether or not the program is still operating under any name.  Another number associated with Magnolia Christian School is (864)379-3505.  That number is also disconnected.  Another number associated with Magnolia Christian School found on their Facebook page is (864)374-2824.  This number is also disconnected.  The Facebook page for the "school" has no new posts since approximately August, 2012.  The Magnolia Christian Academy website: magnoliachristian.com now auto-forwards to senecaranch.com (aka Seneca Ranch Second Chance Youth Ranch).  Seneca Ranch Second Chance Youth Ranch was founded by and is owned by Dr. Harold Ovett Dabel (formerly "consulted" for Carolina Springs Academy before purchasing the property, re-naming the program, and continuing the program.  Dabel and Seneca Ranch Second Chance Youth Ranch claim no affiliation with WWASPS nor Carolina Springs/Magnolia Christian Academy.  The parent company is Christian Educational Youth Services, LLC.  It appears that Carolina Springs/Magnolia Christian Academy are closed.
Randall Hinton Arrested:  Randall Hinton, who has long history of working with troubled youth, was arrested last night. In a telephone interview with Jeff Worley, an Investigator with the Canon City Police Department in Canon City, CO, ... learned a search was done on the premises of Royal Gorge Academy, formerly Royal Peak Academy. According to Officer Worley, a vast majority of the students were interviewed.  Officer Worley also stated that, “Hinton was arrested on charges of false imprisonment, which is a felony because it was accomplished with the use of force. He was also arrested on multiple counts of third-degree assault and for reckless endangerment. In Colorado, that means he placed another person, in this case, at risk of serious bodily injury.”  There is an ongoing investigation.  This is not the first time we have heard about Randall Hinton abusing children. In a June 22, 2006, Rough Love article written by Joanne Greene of the Miami New Times, Hinton was quoted as saying, “I think I can remember Layne being pepper-sprayed more than once a day. I know he was pepper-sprayed more than two times a day. I don’t think it would have been more than three times ... and from somebody on the outside looking in, I would say it would be abusive.”  Hinton was formerly employed by Teen Help, Tranquility Bay, Carolina Springs Academy, and Academy of Dundee Ranch (which was closed due to allegations of child abuse and neglect). All of these programs were associated with the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools (WWASP aka WWASPS).  (For more on this story, visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maia-szalavitz/abuse-history-no-bar-to-f_b_38435.html and http://www.krdotv.com/story.cfm?nav=news&storyID=1985)   For complete story, click here.
Fire destroys dorm at school for troubled teens--June 26th, 2008--ABBEVILLE, S.C. --Authorities say fire destroyed a dorm at a boarding school for troubled teens in Abbeville County, but no one was injured in the blaze. Carolina Springs Academy Director Elaine Davis says several students returning to the dorm after lunch Wednesday smelled smoke.  Fire officials say the blaze burned for more than two hours and destroyed the dorm at the school which specializes in helping students that aren't reaching their potential because of their behavior.  The school has moved the boys to another dorm on campus. The Red Cross plans to give them bedding, clothes and school supplies.  (Webmaster Note: Carolina Springs Academy is a WWASPS program and confirmedly abusive.  It should be closed, permanently.)  (Unable to locate story at time of archiving.  Source: www.charlotte.com  Date: June 26, 2008) 
Rescue Groups Claim Dozens of Animals Abandoned in Donalds--September 8th, 2010--(Source: wspa.com) Abbeville County, S.C. -- Joe Mann has been rescuing animals since he was a little boy. He's devoted his life savings to his ranch, Big Oaks Rescue Farm in Greenwood.   "I've spent close to $400,000 out here," said Mann.   Mann claimed on August 10th he learned of dozens of animals had been abandoned at a private residential group care organization for children. That facility [Carolina Springs Academy--WWASPS] closed in June, according to the South Carolina Department of Social Services.   Mann said the owner of the animals is Narvin Lichfield. He said in August Lichfield told him he could take home two colts, and seven horses.   "He was the first one I had permission to remove from Narvin Lichfield," said Mann.   Mann said he also rescued more than 50 sheep who were in bad shape. "There is nothing but bone," said Mann as he rubbed his hand over the back of one of the sheep. "When we found them three couldn't even run."  For complete story, click here.
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Founder of Abbeville County boarding school won't be prosecuted on bad check charges (WWASPS)--March 26th, 2011 (Source: independentmail.com) GREENWOOD — Narvin Lichfield won’t be prosecuted in connection with about $2,000 worth of bad checks written on the closed account of his former boarding school for troubled teens. After being arrested Jan. 28 for driving with a suspended license near the now-closed Carolina Springs Academy in Abbeville County, Lichfield was served with three courtesy summons related to bad checks that were passed at Frugals ABC liquor store in Greenwood. Lichfield and two other former administrators from Carolina Springs filed affidavits saying that an ex-employee at the boarding school had forged the worthless checks. Lichfield also submitted samples of his handwriting. Last Wednesday a municipal judge in Greenwood ruled that the case against Lichfield will not proceed. Court records show that Lichfield entered a no contest plea Feb. 16 on the charge of driving with a suspended license in Abbeville County. He said he paid a $685 fine to resolve the matter. Lichfield founded Carolina Springs Academy near Due West in 1998. The school for unruly children shut down in 2009 after state officials sought to revoke its license. Their decision was based on numerous violations found in the course of 19 site visits conducted over 18 months. Although Lichfield has said he wants to reopen the facility as a Christian boarding school that would be exempt from state regulations, he is having trouble lining up investors. For complete story, click here.

 

 Last Updated: July 15th, 2015

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