Lyman Ward Military Academy Kicks Off...

Lyman Ward Military Academy Kicks Off Major Enrollment Period

There are 299 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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hale

United States

#237 Feb 25, 2012
As I have said before, I am not looking for a fight of any sort. At the same time I have prepared myself and family for such to take place. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I, having endured many harms and watching my brothers enduring many harms under the leadership that jenrette provided for us, know to expect the worse from sadistic individuals trying to protect the traditions and alma matre of lyman ward. These traditions have existed for so long as they have been protected and promoted for so long. When doing the research on previous court cases, it becomes abundantly aware that these traditions are still being protected today. Did you know that in these previous settlements, all cadets and their families were made to sign documents stating that they were never to speak of the academy itself, by name again. Did you know that another stipulation of these law suits was that they were to never attempt to have the academy closed as part of the settlement? They agreed to pay bills and more in Exchange for them turning their back to the academy and the evils that they had proven to prevail there. They were coerced into allowing the traditions to continue by not notifying any other parents in order to ascertain the requirements needed to allow their children to seek the help that they needed to progress and be able to get over what they had endured at lyman ward. I was not part of any of tues cases, I have signed no binding agreement keeping me from trying to protect these kids from the horror stories that have prevailed over this "fine" academy for nearly a century. I will not stop trying to assist these children until they are all safe from the traditions of lyman ward.
hale

United States

#238 Feb 25, 2012
Just so that we are all aware of what is going on... I have contacted certain family members of mine and they are both watching this thread and starting their own investigations. I have also shared several links on my face book page exposing the hidden stories and traditions of lyman ward to all of those on my wall. They have in turn "shared" the links and the stories of lyman ward to their "friends" and requested that their "friends" do the same. There are a few people watching this under my request who have initials like phd in front of their sir names. I encourage you all to do the same as it will only help others understand you and what you endured and will surely bring the harms created by lyman ward to the light of day. "share" the knowledge because without knowledge our society would have never grown and become the world of enlightenment that we all enjoy today. Share share share....
hale

Georgetown, DE

#239 Feb 26, 2012
Hey boys, now who would be SO active at 3 am on a Saturday night? The former battalion command? Who would try to hide the harms created under the careful watch of lyman ward staff? The former battalion command? Who would call my house at 3am dc time with a restricted number trying to keep the truth from the light of day? The former battalion command? Who are the same 4 trying to repress the knowledge of what has happened to so many at lyman ward? The former battalion command? Do you guys receive some type of financial benefit from the enrollment of young children that you know will soon be harmed under the careful watch of the traditions of lyman ward? You obviously know, having woken my wife last night, where I am and who you're dealing with, as stated before, I am not afraid.... I will continue to spread the knowledge of what the true lyman ward is all about, you will not shake me... Is it really so tragic to die in the order of protecting children? I think not. Leave my wife and kiddies alone, if its me you want, all you have to do is call me out and visit our nations capital. That's where I will be if you really want to shut me up, you don't have to harm more children, my children, just come and get me. By the way, if you do persist with trying to intimidate my family again or even try to talk to my family again, I will have no choice but to turn the tables. Again, you will not scare me nor will your intimidation tactics works anymore. By the way, I see u on fb, why don't you poll the people in your friends list to see just how many of our brothers lyman ward has harmed and see just how many of them feel that you've gone too far? You only have until graduation to "delete" my memory, after graduation the cadet whom has been texting me will release a new video of a sexual assault endured recently at lyman ward, then what will u do? By the way, I will not waste my time tracking your restricted number on my Sunday afternoon, but rest assured I will take interest in this procedure on Monday though, just to find out which of the ignorant 4 headless horsemen that I'm dealing with. Ty for your response, I guess the truth upsets you.
hale

Georgetown, DE

#240 Feb 26, 2012
If you are resourceful enough to get my home number then u should be resourceful enough to acquire my cell number as well. Why don't you "reach out" to my mobile device as it will allow you to threaten me without disturbing my families sleep again. Again, if you go after my family I will only consider this as an open option for me to repay the favor. I will not act on your first offense, but certainly your second... You've been warned.
Towelie

Auburn, AL

#241 Feb 26, 2012
hale wrote:
Hey boys, now who would be SO active at 3 am on a Saturday night? The former battalion command? Who would try to hide the harms created under the careful watch of lyman ward staff? The former battalion command? Who would call my house at 3am dc time with a restricted number trying to keep the truth from the light of day? The former battalion command? Who are the same 4 trying to repress the knowledge of what has happened to so many at lyman ward? The former battalion command? Do you guys receive some type of financial benefit from the enrollment of young children that you know will soon be harmed under the careful watch of the traditions of lyman ward? You obviously know, having woken my wife last night, where I am and who you're dealing with, as stated before, I am not afraid.... I will continue to spread the knowledge of what the true lyman ward is all about, you will not shake me... Is it really so tragic to die in the order of protecting children? I think not. Leave my wife and kiddies alone, if its me you want, all you have to do is call me out and visit our nations capital. That's where I will be if you really want to shut me up, you don't have to harm more children, my children, just come and get me. By the way, if you do persist with trying to intimidate my family again or even try to talk to my family again, I will have no choice but to turn the tables. Again, you will not scare me nor will your intimidation tactics works anymore. By the way, I see u on fb, why don't you poll the people in your friends list to see just how many of our brothers lyman ward has harmed and see just how many of them feel that you've gone too far? You only have until graduation to "delete" my memory, after graduation the cadet whom has been texting me will release a new video of a sexual assault endured recently at lyman ward, then what will u do? By the way, I will not waste my time tracking your restricted number on my Sunday afternoon, but rest assured I will take interest in this procedure on Monday though, just to find out which of the ignorant 4 headless horsemen that I'm dealing with. Ty for your response, I guess the truth upsets you.
If you are privy to a video showing any kind of sexual abuse, shame on you for not reporting it to the authorities--both of Lyman Ward and the police.
hale

United States

#242 Feb 26, 2012
Towelie wrote:
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If you are privy to a video showing any kind of sexual abuse, shame on you for not reporting it to the authorities--both of Lyman Ward and the police.
Towlie, if I had the video don't you think I would have brought said video to the light of day? Unfortunately the cadet who has this video will not release it until graduation ceremonies as he knows that ,just as in the past, it will take too long for justice to be served and that he sleeping in the same barracks as the person on the video will only put him in a position for immediate retribution for having released said video. You should know by now how I feel about people harming and taking advantage of children, I would have sent it to jenrette himself hoping that he would finally do what he has been paid to do, now well over a million dollars to do, protect the children. I am sorry for the recent post as to how angry it has made me that throughout his history at the academy, what has happened under his not so observant eye, but even I would allow him the chance to do what is right for these children. This is entirely up to the cadet that holds the video, the ball is in his court and we have to allow him to protect himself until he is out of harms way. It makes me sick to my stomach every time that I think of that place knowing what we had to suffer and reading what he describes of what he has witnessed during his time there. I was taught that you are never to harm a child and that believe it or not, "time outs" are far more respectful and far less damaging than raising a weapon to discipline a child muchess the torture that so many have posted here as to having endured. I know that I have gone on long enough and I, knowing that these posts have not been edited, realize that with the knowledge of this thread, parents will most likely be wise enough to choose a better academy for their child's future.
hale

Temple Hills, MD

#243 Feb 29, 2012
And there you go, one kid off his rocker/ meds and now there are what 4 or 5 dead. Supposibly this kid wasn't hazed or beaten or forced to endure what sooooo many have described as having gone through at lyman ward. Former cadets have posted here that they had m1 keys, m1903 keys? Access to guns? Being taught how to use these guns too effectively? Children stealing and consuming other kids meds not prescribed to them? Come on people, wake up. This place turns children into emotionless soldiers whom have often times endured way too much for any child to handle. Kids being held down and beaten, kids being forced to stand at attention while they endure immense pain, children being forced to eat their own vomit, and sooooo much more. When will people " do the right thing" and either close the school down or force those whom have allowed so many atrocities to occur under their not so observant/ condoning eyes and employ both a new staff and new traditions allowing these children to be taught the right way by the right people with the right mind set.? Wake up, help the children, save lives and change the traditions of lyman ward. Enough is enough and we don't want to hear of any other children having their lives destroyed by the conditions that have been famous for so many years. Please help the children, take a stand to close lyman ward as the traditions at this academy for young men have been standard for soooooo long and apparently will never change as being part of its alma matre.... Love your children at HOME.
hale

Centreville, VA

#244 Feb 29, 2012
To quote a positive movement rock group Operation Ivy, the song "Take Warning"

"Listen up
Oh, take warning, take warning
Really gotta take warning

Stand by your friends, wrong or right
Can't call that justice when its just a stupid excuse to fight
Single out and attack
the ones who got no defense
You call that a new way of thinking
I call it regression to ignorance

Take warning, take warning
Take warning, take warning

There's a new generation coming
And we really gotta stand up to them
Take warning, take warning

Nobody's got a thing against you
Unless you've got something to prove
We don't need no new set of standards
We don't need a new set of rules
Heard all that shit before
About stomping out any difference
We say stand together!
not to fight just to exist

Take warning, take warning
Take warning, take warning

Intimidation coming
And we really gotta say no to them
Take warning, take warning

Enough is enough is enough
Why don't you just ease up
I saw another beat down last night, take warning
Who's the next to hit the ground tonight, take warning
Take warning

Take warning, take warning
Take warning, take warning

Intimidation coming
And we really gotta say no to them
Take warning, take warning"

Words of true wisdom used to help those kids whom often times fall as prey under the traditions of lyman ward military academy, and they've got a great sound too.
thanks again, phil hale
kelly haddock

Greenville, KY

#245 Mar 2, 2012
i went there it is not that bad. it will teach kids how to be adult
kelly haddock

Greenville, KY

#246 Mar 2, 2012
yes there were a few fight. i was in one or two. but that place taught me a lot. yes there are a few a holes there. yes there battion commder this year is a brute. he was a scrub there my senior year. but for a tip for u parents. it is easy to get ur way there with the president. he is easy to impress. all u have to do is complain. and he will take action.
Diana Veit Knapp

Birmingham, AL

#247 Mar 2, 2012
For those that are looking into Lyman Ward Military Academy and how things are there NOW, please read this post.
I have two boys at LWMA and I couldn't be happier with the way things are run, with the staff, what is being taught, how things are taught, and the overall life at LWMA. The things that happened in the past, I don't know about, but they are just that, the past. NOW at the school, my boys are flourishing and enjoying their lives there. Respect, responsibility, good moral character, etc. is instilled in the boys there. If I had to, I would mortgage my house to keep them at LWMA. My boys have been there a couple years, are now in the tenth and eleventh grades, and will graduate from the school. They have great programs, clubs, and sports for the boys to get involved in. They have a fantastic mentoring program. They teach what I wish I could have taught them. They are also back to the basics with the character building and morals, which are things that my boys (and most teens these days) didn't get from either public or Catholic schools. I am proud to say my boys are at LWMA and couldn't be happier with the school and staff!
If you have any questions about the school and what it's like now, you can email me at dianamknapp@aol.com
hale

United States

#248 Mar 6, 2012
By the way Andy, glad to hear that your still kickin it and are currently employed by lyman ward, hopefully you've kept up with the campus and kept the campus up to date and running well. Way to go bro. It takes a lot of mental toughness and that die hard ranger fortitude to keep up with old buildings, as the older they get( just like our own bodies), the more challenging they can become to keep up with. Being so close to new Orleans, did you use this knowledge to help others after katrina hit? I know I wanted to go down and help, but the wifey, wouldn't allow me to as she needed my help with the kids. We have a saying in my house, if moms not happy, nobody is. We have another saying in the home, not shared with the children. Yes, as a man, I wear the pants in our household- its just a shame that she controls the zipper, lol. Anyway, glad to see that you are doing well. Hit me up on fb sometime. Cya. We may not always see eye to eye, but I will always consider you as a friend...
went there

Baton Rouge, LA

#249 May 24, 2012
Wilson Franklin wrote:
I also attended Lyman Ward, but more recently than than Mr. Hale and Mr. Dianich. The academy has an unfortunate history of hazing, assault, and money problems.
Within the last few years, however, a new administration, a more selective screening process, and more parental involvement has led to vast improvement. Hazing is virtually nonexistent. Unlike previous years, if a cadet hazes another cadet, he is immediately kicked out of the academy. LWMA does not, under any circumstance, permit assault.
LWMA turned my life around (C- student, habitual thief, no respect for parents or authority). I became battalion commander my senior year, valedictorian, and am presently enrolled at the University of Alabama. I am forever indebted to the academy and hope that many other young men get to experience all the school has to offer.
this is complete bullshit i went that year it was around wanted to die the whole time
dugq88

Shanghai, China

#250 Jun 6, 2012
Hi,everyone I'm from china.I'm thinking about LWMA for my son. Do you know in this school has any chinese student? Thanks a lots.
Jonney

Denham Springs, LA

#252 Jul 12, 2012
I also attended LWMA in the late 80's, and can verify that these allegations are very real. I can somewhat remember Mr. hales face when I look in the yearbook. I think he was in a different company. I was in E company.

I was so desperate to get out (for my safety), I had deliberately made plans to bring marijuana to the school and deliberately get caught with it, so I would be expelled. It was the only way out (even though I had never used pot before). The adult tack officer (SGM Cantrell) got word of my plan and called me in a private room with two witnesses. He then body slammed me on the floor and told me he was going to throw me down the stairs and use these two witnesses to tell the colonel (Jenrette) that fell down the stairs.

These type of things happen on a regular basis at LWMA. These kids are trapped, and I remember how it feels. I swore that when I become an adult, I'm going to speak out about this, so it doesn't continue happening to other kids. Thats what I'm doing today.
Wilson

Auburn, AL

#253 Jul 13, 2012
How can you say things like that happen today when you attended Lyman Ward a quarter of a century ago?
Jonney

Denham Springs, LA

#254 Jul 13, 2012
Wilson wrote:
How can you say things like that happen today when you attended Lyman Ward a quarter of a century ago?
Because nothing has changed! Its still under the same leadership(Colonel Jenrette), and we are still hearing the same abuse allegations. These people will lie to anyone who questions them. I strongly suspect that they are being protected by the government, for this stuff to be continuing.

I felt like my childhood was stolen from me, because of Lyman Ward. We only get to be a child for a short time. We have the rest of our lives to be an adult.
Jonney

Denham Springs, LA

#255 Jul 14, 2012
At Lyman Ward, the worst "crime" a cadet can be caught doing is masturbating. A TEENAGE BOY! LOL! They will be forced to wear a white glove, and humiliated amongst their peers. Thats just how ignorant these rednecks are that run this school! This is sexually abuse! No adult has a right to&#65279; interfere in normal human sexual behavior, with kids starting puberty.
Diana Knapp

AOL

#256 Jul 15, 2012
I have two boys that have spent the last couple years at Lyman Ward and are returning this year. Both of my boys will graduate from this school. If what you wrote above is what you think is going on there, you are very wrong. My boys tell me everything that goes on at that school. I am so sorry that you think that goes on there. It doesn't. We have a great administration, staff, TAC's, teachers, etc. My boys love the school, as do I. My boys go there by choice. I spend a lot of time at the school, making both announced and unannounced visits. These boys have Halloween parties, Valentine's Day parties, Christmas parties, Easter parties, dances, etc. They have a blast. I am sorry for whatever it is that you went through in your life, but you have to remember that NOW, what this school is doing NOW, is benefiting these boys and leading them into successful happy lives. You can talk about what happened THEN, 25 or so years ago, but you are not correctly informed first hand of what is going on NOW.
I recommend this school to young men and their parents. If you have any questions about the school, my email is dianamknapp@aol.com
Jonney

Denham Springs, LA

#257 Jul 17, 2012
Diana Knapp wrote:
I have two boys that have spent the last couple years at Lyman Ward and are returning this year. Both of my boys will graduate from this school. If what you wrote above is what you think is going on there, you are very wrong. My boys tell me everything that goes on at that school. I am so sorry that you think that goes on there. It doesn't. We have a great administration, staff, TAC's, teachers, etc. My boys love the school, as do I. My boys go there by choice. I spend a lot of time at the school, making both announced and unannounced visits. These boys have Halloween parties, Valentine's Day parties, Christmas parties, Easter parties, dances, etc. They have a blast. I am sorry for whatever it is that you went through in your life, but you have to remember that NOW, what this school is doing NOW, is benefiting these boys and leading them into successful happy lives. You can talk about what happened THEN, 25 or so years ago, but you are not correctly informed first hand of what is going on NOW.
I recommend this school to young men and their parents. If you have any questions about the school, my email is dianamknapp@aol.com
Even when I attended LWMA their were a few kids that liked the school. There are two reasons for this.

The first reason is that they have been so institutionalized and indoctrinated (brainwashed) into this program, that they don't want to leave. This also happens in state prisons.(it needs to be noted that LWMA is a prison. Most of these kids aren't there by choice, and they have no personal freedom whatsoever.)

The second reason is because they have moved up in rank, and they enjoy the extreme power that they have over their peers. This is probably the most common reason. This is the most power that they will ever have in their lives. Adults don't wield this much power over other adults.

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