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 email@example.com 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.
|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.|
|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|
|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)|
dorm at school for troubled teens--June
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.|
|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.|
All segregated congregate care providers, including those on our watch-list, are welcome to contact us to correct any information or provide additional data that may assist with delivering the whole truth to the public. We've found in many cases where this offer has been abused or resulted in revealing additional basis for our concerns. For some examples see: http://www.heal-online.org/tcfl.htm, http://www.heal-online.org/bolthouse.htm and http://www.heal-online.org/abundant2.htm. Now, we are willing to look at the facts and may have questions or require documentation backing up any claims. We do verify licensing, academic backgrounds, and other qualifications when investigating and researching programs on our watch-list to assist consumers seeking additional information on such programs or victims requiring assistance with getting corroborating evidence of their claims. We do that in order to make sure the information we provide is accurate and verified and cite our sources. In the event any information we've posted is in error, we're happy to make a correction. And, for information on how such requests are handled and have been resolved historically, see: http://www.heal-online.org/requests.htm.
HEAL does not support segregated congregate care for many reasons which include that many such facilities are abusive, exploitative, fraudulent, and lack effective oversight often as a result of fraudulent misrepresentation coupled with the ignorance of those seeking to enroll loved ones in such facilities, programs, schools, or centers without a valid court order and involuntarily. In the United States such involuntary placements done without a court order are apparently illegal as they either violate the Americans with Disabilities Act community integration requirement or due process rights of those involuntarily placed. Now, in regards to parents, in the United States parents have the right to waive their own rights, but, not the rights of their minor children. See http://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm for more information. Now, most facilities on our watch list include waivers, indemnity clauses, and sworn statements parents must sign assuring the program that the parents have the right to make the placement involuntarily and without due process in a segregated congregate care environment, however, California and federal prosecutors as well as settled law appears to suggest that is not the case. In fact, in the David Taylor case found at http://www.heal-online.org/provocases.htm, Taylor sued Provo Canyon School and his mother as co-defendants. His mother was found liable for 75% of the damages awarded to Taylor as a result of multiple complaints including false imprisonment, while the program was found only 25% liable because the mother owed a duty of due diligence to investigate anyone to which she would entrust care of her child and she failed to do so.
Now, HEAL opposes segregated congregate care and we find most placements are happening illegally in the USA which if the youth understood their rights would result in unfortunate outcomes for the parents, particularly when they don't exercise good judgment and support the fraud and abuse rather than their own children when they need remedy and justice. And, HEAL supports all victims of fraud and abuse in seeking remedies at law for any crimes or torts committed against them. And, that's true whether or not the program or victims are in the USA.
HEAL has a 5 point argument against segregated congregate care we'd like you to consider:
a. Segregated care is unconstitutional and a civil rights violation. It is only permissible if a person is unable to survive independent of an institutional environment. For more on this, watch the HEAL Report at https://youtu.be/C4NzhZc4P0A. Or, see: http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/ which includes in part: "United States v. Florida – 1:12-cv-60460 – (S.D. Fla.) – On April 7, 2016, the United States filed an Opposition to the State of Florida’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment. In the Motion, the State had asked the Court to rule, on a variety of grounds, that the United States could not recover damages for unnecessarily institutionalized children to whom the State had been deliberately indifferent."
b. Institutionalization is always dehumanizing and coercive. Institutionalization always harms the institutionalized and deprives them of protected civil rights. Dr. David Straker, Psychiatry Professor at Columbia University's School of Medicine (Ivy League) explains this in detail at http://changingminds.org/disciplines/sociology/articles/institutionalization.htm. "Many institutions, from prisons to monasteries to asylums, deliberately want to control and manage their inmates such that they conform and do not cause problems. Even in less harsh environments, many of the institutionalization methods may be found, albeit in more moderated form (although the psychological effect can be equally devastating)." (See website linked in this paragraph for more info.)
c. Institutionalization is not in the best interest of children. Institutions are not ever better for a child than living with a loving family. Source: http://www.unicef.org/cambodia/12681_23295.html
d. Reform schools, residential treatment programs, and other segregated congregate care settings have been shown to be ineffective and harmful. Best source on this currently is: https://www.acgov.org/probation/documents/EndoftheReformSchoolbyVinny.doc
e. Boarding Schools, even the "good ones", result in a form of social death, isolation, and cause both anxiety and depression. Therefore, it is clearly not in the best interest of the youth subjected to those environments. Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/08/boarding-school-syndrome-joy-schaverien-review and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/11662001/The-truth-about-boarding-school-syndrome.html
Beyond the above arguments against segregated congregate care, we have reports from the NIH, Surgeon General, Yale University Studies, and much more showing the methodologies of behavior modification are damaging, harmful, and ineffective. You can request these documents via e-mail. In addition, for such programs offering academic services or claiming to offer diplomas, certifications, or the like, it is important to check to see if it is a diploma mill with no accredited academic services. Please see article: "Avoiding Scams: What You Need To Know" for important information on how to avoid education/training scams.
If you'd like to see what HEAL suggests rather than segregated congregate care (i.e. committing a crime or tort against your child if done against their will without a court order), please see articles: "Fix Your Family, Help Your Teen" and "How Would You Handle My Out of Control Teen?".
If you have a complaint against any facility, please file a complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency or your home state's attorney general. For reporting resources see: http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm. (Reporting guide is for USA only at this time.)
November 3rd, 2019
Last Updated: November 3rd, 2019