Lyman Ward Military Academy Kicks Off...

Lyman Ward Military Academy Kicks Off Major Enrollment Period

There are 298 comments on the Market Wire story from Jan 5, 2009, titled Lyman Ward Military Academy Kicks Off Major Enrollment Period. In it, Market Wire reports that:

While accepting students year-round, Camp Hill, Alabama-based Lyman Ward Military Academy kicks off its major enrollment period in January and, as one of the nation's leading military boarding schools, the ...

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SHIP

Colorado Springs, CO

#281 Jan 15, 2013
kce4193 wrote:
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Where could I read about the suicide. I was taking my son there Sat.
BIOLOGIST, HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAMIRACLE OF GODTOOO FUNNY SPOILED LITTLE GIRL, WITH BALET ROOM, AND TOO MANY LESSONS, NOTHING LEARNED., SO STUPID., BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A STUPID MOTHER, APPLE DOES NOT FALL TOO FAR FROM THAT TREE, FLUNKED OUT OF GEORGE MASON UNIVER FOUR TIMES IN BUSINESS, THE LAME DEGREE WHERE ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SIT ON BUT, SHOW CLEAVAGE, AND GET A GRADE. NO CLEAVAGE W/MOTHER OF BRIDGETTE

MY MOTHER ALWAYS WANTED TO TELL BRIDGEETE THAT SHE IS GOOD FOR NOTHING NEVER DID A THING FOR THE GRANDMOTHER NEITHER DID SUZIE NOR PHILIP, AND THAT THE TIME THE GRASS WAS 4.5 FEET TALL, THE TWO IDIOTS PHIL AND SUZIE COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING, LIKE DAD SAID PHILIP IS A POT BELLY BECAUSE HE IS SO FEMININE HE HAD NO FATHER, SO HE DOES NOT DO MANLEY THINGS, LIKE 'CUT GRASS' GIVE HIM AN APRON AND A SPOON, AND THAT IS IT.

MOM AND DAD ALWAYS WANTED TO SAY 'PHILIP COWARD, AND TOMMIE COWARD, AND SUZIE COWARD, AND GOVNT EMPLOYEE W/GREEN TEETH COWARD'

COULD NOT SERVE, LAZY AND STUPID, PEOPLE OF THE UNIVERSE

PHILIP DO YOU KNOW WHAT A LAWN MOWER IS? VISUAL LEARNING THING, BOYS AND GIRLS SIT ON YOUR LIBRARY BOTTOM, CRISS CROSS APPLE SAUCE, ON THE DOT., DOES A LAWN MOWER FIT IN THE KITCHEN? NO MISS MH
DOES THE LAWN MOWER FIT IN THE GARAGE? NO
DOES THE LAWN MOWER FIT ON THE GRASS? YESS
SOME ADULTS THAT GROW UP TALL, AND THE STOMACH ENLARGES WHEN THEY ARE SO LAZY, THAT THEY CAN NOT EVEN PUSH THE MACHINE.
FUNNY TEACHER. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

MCEACHERN, WORTHLESS HUMANS, SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN BORN.

NOTHING GOOD FROM THE LOT OF YOU. NOTHING.

LAZY, PHILIP BUY FOOD FOR THE MOTHERINLAW, SICK, NO, TOOO MUJCH TO HANDLE, FLOWERS, NO, MAGAZINES, NO CARDS, NO, HIS ASS IS SO BAD, HE WANTS EVERYTHING, LIKE GREEEN TEETH.

OSD, CPMS., MIL, TRACKPHONE, DRONE, NEURAL NETS.

THESE ARE THE AVERAGE UGLY AMERICANS IN THE USA., YOU ALL DO THAT

TO THE COUCH POTATOES, IF YOU WERE TO DIE, WHAT WOULD SOMEONE SAY.
PHILIP, SUZIE, BRIDGETT, GREEN TEETH., LOOK ABOVE, SO WHEN EVER

WORTHLESS WAS THERE LIFE, WORTHLESS, LIES, CHEASTED, KILLED, STOLE, DID NOTHING FOR THE MOTHER, OR A MOTHERIN LAW, OR FATHER, THEY FELT THEY WERE OWED BY THE UNIVERSE. GET THE DRIFT.

I LL WRITE A GOOD ONE, SO WHENEVER.

TO THE WORTHLESS LOT OF YOU.
UGLY
NASTY
MEAN
RUDE
ADD TO THE LIST, EUOLOGY, WHENEVER
bridgette MCEACHERN, STUPID, DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE LAUGHABLE REAL ESTATE
YOU STATED YOU ARE GOOD, UGLY, NASTY, MEAN, THE DEFINITION OF THESE WORDS ARE NOT GOOD. ADJATIVES THAT DESCRIBE YOU

SUZIE
FRECLE FACE
BLEACHED SKIN,
TEETH GREW WRONG
NO BREAST
NO BRAIN
DO I CONTINUE.
bridgette MCEACHERN, STUPID, DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE LAUGHABLE REAL ESTATE
UMMMMMMM
GOD WAS CORRECT WHY SPREAD EVIL BRIDGETTE MCEACHERN STERILE FROM HUSBAND
GERALD J
ALBERT T

OH AND THE LAST TIME THEY SAW GERALD J., ALBERT T., OVER 35 YEARS AGO, THEY CONTRIBUTE NOTHING TO ALL. NOT GOOD. GREEN TEETH DITTO NOTHING NOTHING AT ALL., NO ONE WOULD MISS THEM, THEYDID NOT CONTRIBUTE.
WHO WOULD WANT MORE EVILOF THEMCEACHERN STERILE HUBBY MESSED AROUND DIEASE

BRIDGETTE LIKE YOUR MOTHER, AND PHILIP, SHE GOT A STD SEXUAL TRANSMITTED DIEASE, AND MOM AND I LOOKED AT EACHOTHER, MOM NODDED, AND SMILED 'DO YOU THINK PHILIP SHOULD TAKE THE SAME' SUZIE SAID 'THAT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEAL' YEAH STUPID, HE FU AGAIN. HAHAHAHAHAHA HELOVES YOU, SHE IS AN ASS HOLE. PHILIP POT BELLY WHO WOULD SLEEP WITH UGLY NO ONE HARD UP, GRADE, A GRADE, NO CLEASSES, UMMMMMMMM NO ONE ELSE, WIN WIN SCENIRO, REALLY

COME ON LOOK AT PHILIP, NOT MUCH TO LOOK AT GREASER OF THE 60S., SEX DRUGS, MOTORCYCLES, SEX ON THEW HEELS. OH YEAH.
WHO WOULD WANT MORE EVILTHEMCEACHERN STERILE HUBBY MESSED AROUND DIEASE
Hunter Simmons

United States

#282 Feb 6, 2013
concerned fiancee wrote:
i hate that school, the boys are so miserable. to the point that 1 committed suicide last week. what parent in their right mind would do this to their kids.
you my friend speak for yourself not me I love that school graduate of 2010 that school is not bad at all quit listening to what people tell you and go look into thing yourself. Rangers lead the way
commerce ga

Maysville, GA

#283 Feb 6, 2013
Well,“Riot Poster”- it would appear you "did everything" possible to set yourself up for failure. That was "your choice” and stop whining, complaining, lying and "blaming" others for "your behavior “and selfish actions. You said so yourself, you tried everything to be "kicked out". Nice JOB! I bet you parents are so "proud".Despite “your experience” many years ago - There are boys who go there and the ones "who want to change/do something with their lives" - these boys "do extremely well" and adjust "to LWMA life" just fine! Why is it that "these boys who want to better themselves" "do not" experience nonsense written in some of these posts...... The reason why??? Because these boys who go there and actually "succeed/do well" are of good character and “accept responsibility" for "their own actions/choices" and "are man enough" to accept any consequences they bring "on themselves". You “could have” learned allot from them; had you "tried" to do so - instead you lay blame, whine, lie, cry and say, "they bully you", etc. Perhaps they were trying to "help you" - to "help yourself" and because you refused to comply with "rules" that all other cadets are made to respect/observe/comply with...you "will never" accept or understand that "just perhaps" others and fellow cadets tried and wanted to help you to learn a little honor, dignity, character, respect, camaraderie, etc - but you were "incapable" or too "immature/spoiled" to abide by rules "all other cadets are required to observe" - What "your were/are special" and LWMA should have provided "amended and "special circumstances/rules" for the "resentful"??? and those with the attitude "I have been wronged/don’t' want to be here" scrubs/new students????....never mind, something you will "never" understand. Sooo. Congrats..You got your way by acting act/like a little boy, and were sent home to school of your choice. Chances are "you never did l graduate" from that school either as it obvious "when" "you" "fail" you "blame others" for your own issues, behaviors, and "narcissistic" ways that are self serving, selfish, rebellious; and all because of your own immaturity with ultimate motive is "you just "want" you way! Get over yourself, put on your "big boy pants, and stop pointing your finger at others/everything because "your life" is/has not gone "your way" because your "refuse" to put in time/effort and commitment it takes to "make something of yourself', you want to be “a victim! Years ago, you do everything possible, hard to do by the way, to be dismissed/kicked out of LWMA! Again, your parents must have been so proud of you as the “only determination”, you showed was being skilled at “juvenile delinquency” and your stubborn “refusal” to do/abide/accept/honor/obey what every other cadet at school is also made to abide by! Acting as “if you” were the only one that was expected to obey rules and “suffered” through “scrub period/being new student” and adapt to the “life of a cadet”. OH PLEASE! You Poor baby! I feel sorry for what LWMA has had to put up with the “likes of you” in past.
commerce ga

Maysville, GA

#284 Feb 6, 2013
PS. to "riot poster" btw - "narcissistic" is under the letter "N" in dictionary - look it up - "if" you are intelligent enough to do so.
written by - "Proud Parent of LWMA cadet" for two years! He has proven himself above/beyond all expectations. With a lot of determination, hard work, good character, honoring rules, doing his best , and he does not now/ever/in past “expected any special treatment” or “done anything” to cause his parents, himself, others, to pay for “his actions” because “he did not get his way”. He was able to do this, because of his determination and commitment that only “he can put forth” without “blaming and pointing fingers at school/staff/cadets because he makes mistakes or strays. He has made great progress, and I am thrilled with "his accomplishments" and rank he has risen to “one his own” and has succeeded in achieving/ Nobody does this for him, paves his way, and he does not expect “to be exempt” for his behavior or for those of “fellow cadets”– with “everyone” having same rules/expectations and taking part when another “cadet” makes mistakes. That is what “comrades” do – they have each other’s back, and will do whatever it takes to stand with them, beside them, behind them and yes, even “accept” punishment for “another’s behavior/indiscretions’ as part of that camaraderie. Again, I don’t ever expect you {Riot” poster) to “get it/understand” My son does this all on his own by “earning” and with “hard work”! to better himself, to continue his education, and “is well on his way” to a successful and bright future; just as many , many, cadets at LWMA also do. It is only “a few” who cannot “cut it” and for many “reasons”; but I am quite sure “your failure”, doing everything possible to be dismissed – and you were! Big surprise here again,“your only achievement” and gee “what an honor” for you to manage to get kicked out of military school many years ago – go on and on in present “with your ridiculous” posts as if this were still “a current event”, etc. If I were you, I would stop posting about it – not flattering and it shows “true colors” with window into “your own” insecurity, immaturity, refusal to try,“playing the victim”, wanting everything your way, less than acceptable mentality, etc and of course, and all of this is crystal clear in your posts .
commerce ga

Maysville, GA

#285 Feb 7, 2013
ONE MORE THING - To “riot poster” and all other negative “LWMA” posters - the “very same” things these posters want to complain about, whine, cry, lay blame, relay “their traumatic” experiences , and it would seem with “faulty memories” regarding same. HELLO, THE VERY THINGS YOU POST/COMPLAIN ABOUT – HAPPENS EVERY DAY IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ALL OVER AMERICA! Past, Present and will continue in Future! Geez, ignorance, I have no patience. Here is a novel idea - read the paper, watch the news, and get a life! Each and every day, public schools news - Guns, weapons, sexual harassment and/or worse, student suicides, bullying, hazing, murders, incompetent teachers, indifferent administration, sexual predators, etc are “a very real reality” and accepted as the “norm” for public schools; right along “with metal detectors, police officers, body/property searchers, etc. Somehow,“you are convinced” you were mistreated in some way at LWMA years ago! And you are the very same who “had the privilege” of attending a “private military school” who still want to complain, lay blame, find fault,“for your own failures” when given the chance/opportunity to get an education from a private school that would have given you every chance for a better education, great student to teacher ratio, provided structure, instilled a few values, taken you skiing, rafting, on numerous weekend trips, and put up with your insane nonsense, etc the only thing they asked was you abide by “same rules” with respect, honor, discipline, and commitment as every other Cadet on campus! the list goes on …. The reason why you do not read many posts about public schools is ‘what would be the point”– fighting the public school system with posts???? Laughable and the sad thing is we have all come to accept “what goes on everyday at public schools” every day in the news. We then are subjected to “the ones” posted by those who were given every opportunity” at some point – most of them years ago – by parents trying to give their child the best, attending LWMA with a clean slate, get their child out of the “assembly line of public school system” that “tosses” all those that do not fit the mold “of what public school systems “thinks” our kids should be. Same children are “discarded” and from then on “labeled” from then on as “failures” that are “beyond help” by public school system. Who continue to “do everything in their power to ensure that child never is given a chance, help, intervention, etc or benefit of the doubt.. Very hard “label” to “reverse” and it does not matter that the child does nothing wrong; their only crime: is they were unable to be herded along as an “identical”“sheep” that fits school systems idea “of the acceptable standard” that “they decide” a child has or does not have???. It happens to children everyday, who try their best, but are “not given any chances” after they are “labeled” by public school system. In this forum, these are same posters, who were given every advantage, by sending to private school that probably was “their one and only best chance” at the time; but years later they still want to sit around, to vilify, turn others against, whine, and condemn probably the “one” chance they had in this life to succeed, they “blew it” and now want to lay “blame” and “be the victim”! I for one have NO SYMPATHY for anyone of them and my experience now, in past, with LWMA has been above reproach, they have gone out of their way to accommodate me when I ask, been above board about any “on campus” unfortunate incidents, given him every chance to succeed, do well, and give “positive’ reinforcement for his efforts – try getting that in public school system.
commerce ga

Maysville, GA

#286 Feb 7, 2013
In closing, Tragedies, bullying, shootings, hazing, unfair practices by teachers and school administration , sexual misconduct, beatings, prejudice, etc - it occurs each and every day in public school systems – but private schools are “hung out to dry” for the “few” who can’t cut it, every ten or fifteen years? years later’ by “select few” who still have nothing better to do with their lives and continue to desperately hang on to some “fantasy world” of a past that they created to absolve themselves from any responsibility? Still at it after years, using whatever they can think of, to spew negativity because of their own choices in life. I am sure my tax dollars are "hard" at work "supporting same".
Jeff Abbett

Locust Fork, AL

#287 Feb 8, 2013
My son is a Staff Sgt on the Headquarters staff. I was at the memorial service today. Anyone who speaks out on this without knowing the facts does a dis-service to the parents and cadets who attend LWMA. Lies and rumors or even truths from the past don't reflect the current way of life at the academy. I will challenge any person who makes a negative post or any parent who is considering LW to visit or go to the FB site and see what parents say about the place. I, like many parents investigated this place before allowing my son to go after he asked us to allow him to go. I am an investigator and know who do dig for information. I am also a cousin of the Sheriff og this cousin and this blog was the worst site for information. Go and visit and meet the people. Meet Colonel Coulter or parents of Cadets and get their input. Great things are happening there. Is it hard? Is it different? Are there challenges? Sure there are. Hard and challenge do not mean bad. Many lies on this blog. I advise any parent to see for your self. I have just paid for my 3rd semester and I know the good my son has received.
Jeff Abbett

Locust Fork, AL

#288 Feb 8, 2013
I meant to say my cousin knows about the school and would tell a family member wrong. he praised the school and anyone depending on this blog is not getting the truth.
Jeff Abbett

Locust Fork, AL

#289 Feb 8, 2013
not tell a family member wrong. You should never post tired.
Blake

Birmingham, AL

#290 Feb 20, 2013
I was just recently with-drawled from Lyman Ward. I am a fit kid since I work out a lot, but there we had to do was insane. I was able to do it all of it even some stuff that I wasn't suppose to be doing (since I had a dislocated shoulder), but some kids weren't. Those kids who weren't able to do this PT (physical torture) were forced to continue until they were near the point of not even being able to walk. Hazing went on at the school by the leaders. A scrub in my company reported he was getting hazed (got beat multiple times) to the Colonel. He wrote up a report and nothing happened to the Leaders who were hazing. I got in trouble a couple times. I got in a fight with another scrub and after that scrub reported I beat him up the only thing my Tac Sargent did was asked him if he wanted to get the gloves out and fight me again (at the time I liked this, but now that I'm out I just thought about what happens if I switched positions with this kid, and how bad I would feel if my Tac wouldn't help me).
I didn't get fed for a whole day since I got in trouble for going AWOL and they made me do quad for 8 hours (continuously marching around a square non-stop).
My parents after I called them from a cadet's cell-phone (since my parents weren't getting my mail) finally with-drawled me. The next day one of my best friends there, Scrub Taylor, committed suicide since he got tired of all the hazing and abuse.
This place needs to get shut down. LMWA Employees act all nice, but as soon as the parents go away they don't care about you.
R.I.P. Taylor
You will always be remembered.
(All the comments that say they enjoy this place are employees. No kid likes LWMA.)
Terry Wolfe

Jacksonville, FL

#292 Apr 25, 2013
Carey Treadwell 87 wrote:
In August 1983 I arrived to the campus of Lyman Ward Military Academy as an easy going but rudderless freshman boy. When I graduated as a senior in May 1987, I left as a young man, with promise, confidence, character and leadership.
If you are considering sending your son to LWMA, you can make such a decision with confidence. There will always be a few individuals that seek to tear down great institutions. These folks should be actively ignored.
Statistically there will also be some boys who arrive at a place like Lyman Ward with their own set of troubles. Most will respond to the system, make a turn and develop into fine young men. There will continue to be those small number that wash out or otherwise don't seek to make something greater of themselves.
As to cadet Hale's comments (rant) above, I was at Lyman Ward during the same years, and sincerely believe his remarks should be dismissed. I was the First Sergeant of F (Foxtrot) Company for part of the 1984/85 school year. I don't believe however that cadet Hale was on campus and in Foxtrot Company until my junior year, 1985/86, when I was the Delta Company Commander. Needless-to-say, such events never occurred under my watch in Foxtrot.
Additionally, Captain Guerra and his wife Rita were the Tacs (dorm parents) for Foxtrot at that time. You will not find a finer set of folks on this planet. They love the school. The cadets are like their extended family. It is incomprehensible that they would ever tolerate such happenings. Thankfully the school and the cadets continue to benefit from the Guerras' involvement.
In so much as whether hazing of any kind ever takes place in a military school, or any boys boarding school or fraternity environment, well certainly, but nothing beyond the prank level. Occasionally there may be a scuffle or something along those lines. Put 200+ high school age boys in any environment and there will always be a few that seek to bully.
The system of leadership and discipline does not tolerate such abuses. Cadets do in many respects run the show. That is the beauty of a military school; how respect is earned and how leadership is developed. Cadet leaders are very closely supervised by Tactical Officers and the Commandant of Cadets.
I was on the Academic & Disciplinary Board my senior year. We (as cadet leaders) actually kicked out a few cadets (for fighting). Abuse of any kind is strictly not tolerated.
The academy is under fine leadership with President Col. Jenrette. He is a "Citadel Man" and a distinguished Army veteran. His leadership and character is beyond reproach.
If you are thinking of sending your son to Lyman Ward, I am happy to make myself available offline to discuss your decision. Please feel free to give me a call (look me up in Germantown, TN).
As President of the Alumni Association, I am also willing to put you in touch with a long list of graduates, any of whom would be more than happy to tell you what it means to be a proud Lyman Ward alum.
Sincerely,
Carey Treadwell '87
Cadet Captain
S-3, Battalion Operations & Training Officer
Carey, I was also there from 86-88 and my name is Terry Wolfe and I remember you wel. I have to agree that I don't remember a lot of the things negative that he is talking about. Sure we were disciplined but I honestly felt like I needed that. I started half year and was brought back as a squad leader and then a platoon sargent the following year. The school did wonders for me and no it wasn't always easy but I think that prepares you more for the future than a normal school would. I loved Delta Company and the guys in it, I wish I could have stayed longer. It's great to see you're doing well. I can also answer to my time if any of you have questions. My email is [email protected]
chris

United States

#293 Jun 19, 2013
Ive been there and was there in 06-09 i went awol i know i was in the wrong but is the major pulling a cops side arm and makeing me beg for my life really a fair punishment and not the cop not the first sargent no one tryed to stop him lets just say the major still works their
no name

United States

#294 Jun 19, 2013
The schools better now?l dub must have covered up that susicide this year where a cadet was hazed so much he killed him self explain that you can say oh he was troubled or not right in the head but after awhile cadets get tired of the same bullshit story
delta-echo 89-91

Apalachicola, FL

#295 Jul 12, 2013
if you were there then u remember ole sick ass Pike the r.o.t.c director. how about reveille on several occasions a golf ball made it into the cannon. was hard to plan out getting out the dorm without a squeak a slipping past old gruppie the night m.p. i had some helluva good times there,learned a lot,got fit,studied hard,and learned team skills. lyman ward as well as any school has it's quirks but nothing a strong willed person cannot endure.
Paula

Mobile, AL

#296 Jul 17, 2013
cadet mom wrote:
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I don't know when you went to LW, but my son goes there now and has for the last two years. They don't write letters, they don't have to, they use their cell phones to call whomever they want to call. They don't get their phones every day but they get their phones several days a week and they are not monitored and can call whomever they choose. If there was in fact some sort of abuse going on the word would most certainly get out. In fact, not too long ago there was a staff member who was let go and within only a matter of hours of it happeneing all the cadets had called home and were talking about the incident and continued to discuss everything that surrounded the incident in "real" time. Boys will be boys and boys will fight and "haze" and what not but nothing happens at LW that is out of the norm of regular hazing and/or siblings fighting. These cadets are family and of course they get on each others nerves and they fight but that's LIFE and it's NORMAL the rest of these crazy accusations about rape and abuse are just plain nuts. Hundreds of boys attend that school, they all of cell phones, camera phones, facebook, etc. and NONE of them post about nor talk about abuse. SO sad for what ever did happen to you when you went to LW but I doubt it's what you are trying to make it as well I doubt you attended during the current administration, which goes out of its way to care for each and every cadet.
"I doubt it's what you are trying to make it"... Really now. And who made you an expert on determining whether someone has had half or more of their sanity shattered by time spent at this institution? A little condensed story for you.. Once upon a time, this girl met this guy who she soon discovered was a complete basket case. He drank, he popped any kind of pill he could get his hand on, he was making regular visits to a methadone clinic.. I could go on. Basically, he was using any and every substance he could, to ESCAPE. Escape from what, you ask?? Well, one night in a drunken crying stupor, he shared his dirty little secret with her. Can you guess the reason??? Lyman Ward Military Academy!! He was 14 when he was there was sexually abused by Walter Myer, who is now in prison for 20 years. Fifteen years after his time at LWMA, that 14 year old boy who had become a man could not forgive himself for not standing up to the prick that abused him. Funny huh. Could not forgive HIMSELF. As if it were ever HIS fault. Know where he is now???? Six feet under. They found him with a spoon, a cigarette lighter, and a couple of Oxycodone in his pocket.

I am that girl, and he was my friend, and he's lost now from me and others who loved him, forever.

Yes, this was over 15 years ago when the abuse happened to my friend, and 6 years ago since his death, but if you are considering sending your child to this place, I urge you to make damn sure it isn't still going on, unless you want to risk the mental stability of your child forever!!!
Mom sent her son to LW

United States

#297 Aug 26, 2013
I sent my son there in 1999. When I interviewed staff, they said they had zero tollerance for corporal punishment and that no boy there had an arrest record (technically correct, as they were minors)and the school was not a reform school. My son needed structure but had never been in trouble.
For the first few months he did very well and was very proud of his progress and the friends he was making.
But, when I picked him up for Thanksgiving, everything had changed. He was frightened, and threw up several times. He wouldn't talk about school any longer. Over the next few weeks I kept asking his sargent what was wrong and was told nothing. My son ended up going in to the sargent's office to call me (he had been kept from using the hall phone). He said another boy had been "messing with him." I drove to LW that night and took him home. It turned out to be much worse than that. And he had reported it, many times since he was first molested about a week before Thanksgiving. The staff didn't believe him. Finally the sargent did, and suggested that my son keep a tape recorder on him so he could prove that another student was dragging him out of his room at night and raping him (I found this out later during a deposition). This experience RUINED my son's life. He has never gotten over it. He also told me horror stories about beatings (student on studen)that the staff ignored.
I think most of the teaching staff and dorm monitors were good people (even the sargent I mention above), but are not trained to deal with the situation and seemed afraid to bring things up with the school leadership. Mostly, though, was the total lack of any security or supervision at night. Anything could happen and adults weren't around to hear (an adult might be sleeping in the building, but not on every floor and certainly no security awake and able to respond to calls for help, no cameras, nothing).
nate

Grayson, GA

#299 Sep 11, 2013
I talked with the attorney named Thomas Rodney who represents the school and I went there in 1999 and abuse torture rapes and everything went on when I was there. His words were the school pays me to cover up the abuse and I could care less what happened when you were there or now or ever for all I care. He is despicable just like the staff at Lyman ward. Lyman ward is a place where rich white trash spoiled kids bully and torment other kids and pick on weak people. Also most of the parents who support the school are racist tea party extremists who are crazy anyways.
nate

Grayson, GA

#300 Sep 11, 2013
Also 18 kids have committed suicide at the school since 1990. I had to talk to the Alabama bureau of investigation to get this. I also filed a complaint against Thomas radney with the Alabama bar association and nothing happened because of it. Lyman ward is a very rich school and its very hard to pin dirt on the school. Nearly all branches of local government love the school and speak well of it. I tried to get all the deaths from the school from coroner mike Knox of tallapoosa county and he refused to hand over any documents or record of the deaths. I'm currently in the works of starting a web site exposing Lyman ward and hopefully the truth will get the school closed cause parents will not wanna send there kids there. The negative if Lyman ward far out weighs the positive. If your a parent and you want your son to change just let him get in trouble and let juvenile detention straighten him out for free and use the money you would spend sending him to a horrible place and use it towards a nice vacation new car or something. Shoot if you can't raise your own kid right and you need someone else to raise your kid then you have no business being a parent in the first place!
Lilly

Birmingham, AL

#301 Sep 15, 2013
I am so confused after reading this entire 4 year old blog. We are really considering sending our son to the Academy but I don't want to send my son to be beaten and ultimately commit suicide. His emotions are what scare me most about him now.
I choose not to read the Facebook Page because that can be monitored and post can be removed immediately if they are negative. It seems that the more educated, well written comments are primarily positive. The negative comments seem to come from very uneducated young men or VERY lazy young men who do not care if they sound ignorant or write in an ignorant manner with multiple grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors.
There is very little middle ground on this blog. Guys either loved it and it did their world a great deal of good or they were raped or beaten and subsequently are still messed up. The fact that some of the staff is stilll there when some of these accusations were made is bothersome. I do know how politics work as well as cover ups in rural counties. The school probably helps the economy, so all of the locals will do what they can to protect the income made from Lyman as well as the jobs it provides.
My son's life is not worth taking a chance on at this point in time. If we get closer to this route I will be contacting both sides on this matter by email and/or phone to assess for myself the accounts of the good, the bad, and the evil. Thank you, Lilly
Jeff Abbett

Trafford, AL

#303 Sep 30, 2013
Lilly,

I have a son at LYMA at this very moment. His mother and I sent him there in January of 2011 after becoming frustrated with his public school. He was halfway through his sophomore year. He is now a Sr and will finish with 2.5 years at the school. I will not argue about what happened with some Cadets years or decades ago but I will tell you that my wife and I are thankful for the school. Our son does not do drugs, he doesn't drink, he has never been in trouble with the law and was not in trouble at his old school. He was just lost in a large school and was so unfocused in his school work. We are very involved parents and just felt like the cooperation and communication we were receiving from his school was woefully lacking. We used LYMA as a threat to jolt our son into action. After researching it he wanted to go. He is our only child (and contrary to what has been posted on this blog) we are far from rich and in fact do not know of many rich parents at the school. The school is not rich either. Like you, we researched the school before sending our son there and like you we came across this place. It was very concerning. Fortunately for us, my cousin is the Sheriff of the county where LWMA, my family is from this county, the assistant commandant goes to church with my parents and they are very good friends. My wife and I are in the legal field and we know how to research and my family knew the atty that the poster was referring to. I doubt very seriously he ever told anyone what was said in this blog. What I can tell you is that my son went to LWMA with a 1.75 GPA. He now has a 3.0. This year he is taking or will take Algebra II, Geometry, Anatomy, Econ, Chemistry and English 12 along with some ROTC leadership classes. He has taken online classes in the summers. I will tell that it is not easy. There were times he begged to come home or begged not to go back. He went through SCRUBS like all new Cadets do but is now a 2nd LT on the Battalion Staff and is very proud of himself and what he has become. They have 2 hours of mandatory study hall every night. They march, PT, have formations and inspections and life there is a major change in culture for many boys. There is no TV, computers (classroom only) game systems or girls. it takes awhile to adjust. There are fights just like there are in public schools. Not all the boys are saints just like in public schools. Not every Cadet makes it. Not every Cadet falls in line. Not every Cadet likes it. Again, it's hard. But....they have results if they get on board and they will be ahead of their peers if they get on board and most importantly, they will be proud of themselves if they stick it out. Every year former Cadets come back and speak of what the school did for them. I will also tell you this, the Board of Trustee's care, the President cares, the Commandant cares, the teachers and TAC officers care about those boys. What you need to do is go to the school and take a tour. Talk with people there. They will put you in touch with current parents. I am one of those parents and I have spent 0 seconds being told what to say. When I speak to parents I answer the questions honestly and will tell our story. In the end, my biggest endorsement is that we have our son there and he is going to college in next fall at Marion Military and entering their early Commissioning program to be a Army officer. He has come a long way since being a number and doing terribly in school at his public school. They will be having a parade and groundbreaking for a new chapel this Friday. You need to come and meet with the administration, tour the campus, and watch the parade. DO NOT take this blog as the Gospel. I know that from experience. Come check it out for yourself. I am posting this under my real name and am proud to do so. Jeff Abbett...proud father of Cadet 2nd Lt. Jackson Abbett.

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