Abuse at Teen Challenge INTL Bonifay FL
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Spring Hill, FL

#25 Nov 19, 2011
MichaeljlohanNO wrote:
Establishment of Alternative Accreditation to Evade Inspections
In Florida and Texas, Teen Challenge centers were being accredited by the Texas Association of Christian Child Care Agencies (TACCCA) and the Florida Association of Christian Child Care Agencies (FACCCA). The programs have no medical component and center instead of around prayer, Bible study and religious conversion. Teen Challenge facilities did not uphold First Amendment rights and also did not enforce workplace anti-bias laws. There was also lack of proper oversight over the educational standards of the program. 
Florida also decided to exempt Teen Challenge in that state from regulatory inspections by allowing Teen Challenge facilities in Florida to be alternatively accredited. Florida has certified an alternate accreditation board for "faith-based" groups, and its head of Department of Children and Families and Department of Human Services heads are both former Straight, Inc. leaders.
Florida Association of Christian Child Care Agencies is just the same as the Texas agency and Teen Challenge center in Florida are members of Florida Association of Christian Child Care Agencies or FACCCA. Not surprisingly, evidence of extensive abuse has turned up with the Florida facility of almost an identical manner to what was documented in Texas. West Florida Teen Challenge Boys’ Ranch in Bonifay, Florida is a confirmed abusive teen program. The contract parents must sign with Teen Challenge states that the Florida Association of Christian Child Care Agencies’(FACCCA) "intent" is to "insure the physical and spiritual health, safety, and well being" of the children and therefore that the boy’s ranch must meet FACCCA’s "minimum standards." Parents have to agree to hold the ranch and its employees harmless from "any and all liability" for injury to the child "even injury resulting in death." Parents must agree "that God desires that they resolve their dispute with one another within the church and that they be reconciled in their relationships in accordance with the principles stated in I Corinthians 6:1-8, Matthew 5:23-24, and Matthew 18:15-20." If they cannot resolve their disagreement privately within the church, parents must accept resolution through "biblically based mediation" by rules of the Association of Christian Conciliation Services. There is no refund of tuition or deposits if the boy leaves the ranch before 15 months even if the ranch has expelled him. Many residential treatment centers were run with no insurance liability policies and these legal waivers were used to prevent liability law suits. Thus parents were told that if they signed the waiver they had no legal rights even if their child was injured.
FYI:
I contacted the FACCCA and they reported to me they DO NOT accredit Teen Challenge West FL Boys Ranch in Bonifay. It is my understanding the only regulating agency of this facility is the local fire and safety code enforcement. Please tell me how are they suppose to protect the children's rights and safety? Even if this facility was accredited by the FACCCA it really wouldn't account for anything because they themselves are useless.

Not only does DCF turn a blind eye to the abuse so do the local authorities. Reports of abuse have been surfacing since the beginning, more than 10 years ago. For the facility to operate under the jurisdiction of the Holmes County Sheriff's Office for that many years tells me they are unwilling to do anything about the abuse.
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Spring Hill, FL

#26 Nov 21, 2011
Anyone who doubts the abuse at Teen Challenge International, West FL Boys Ranch in Bonifay, please do your own independent research.

There are reports children are being abused in this facility. Former students report they were denied food and starved as a form of punishment. Several students attempted to take food from the kitchen because they were hungry and Teen Challenge had them arrested for stealing.

There are reports children are being abused to their breaking point. There are numerous reports of suicide attempts. The children are Baker Acted by the local sheriff’s office, taken to Bay Behavioral and then in most cases returned to Teen Challenge.

Holmes County Sheriff’s Dept. Incident Report dated 05/29/2005, Case# 2005052222, reports a case of one child who was physically abused by the staff.“Sgt Major Morrison physically threw him out of one of the buildings and once outside Mr. Frazier and Mr. McDaniel shoved a garden hose in his mouth and turned the water on then filled his mouth with dirt. On the same day the student was Baker Acted and transported to Bay Behavioral for attempting to cut his wrists.”

There is a report of a child being taken to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL with kidney and liver failure. The mother reported to the Holmes County Sheriff’s Dept.(Incident Report dated 02/29/2008, Case#2008021608) she believed her child was “mistreated by staff.”

For more information on the abuse at this facility please read reports from former students at: http://teenchallengecult.blogspot.com/2007/02...

To read the Holmes County Sheriff’s Incident reports go to:
http://www.heal-online.org/childtortureusa.ht...
http://www.heal-online.org/tcfl.htm
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Spring Hill, FL

#27 Nov 30, 2011
Anonymous said...

West FL Teen Challenge, also known as Bonifay Teen Challenge.

I was there from Jan 07 to Jan 08, but got out about 3-4 months early because my mom finally had her damn eyes opened to what was going on. The meals there are at 6am, 12pm, and 5pm, and the food is canned or expired or otherwise disgusting. Luckily I was able to get some extra through one of the more kind staff. Then I was found out and fed only 700-800 calories a day for about 5 days, until through coincidence my mom was allowed to pick me up for a dr. apt. I told her and she didn't make me go back, although my dad sided with the staff there and tried to trick me into coming back.

Another messed up "highlight".
There was a boy that came in and didn't "put out", basically couldn't do the accepted exercise, so they switched him to eating a thick peanut butter sandwich 3 times a day with barely any water, which he barely ate any of that. They didn't know at the time that a condition called Rhabdomyolysis was happening (wikipedia it). He was denied medical attention, and disappeared one day. I guess to the staff there having the whites of your eyes go blood red and having swollen joints was normal...
Then one day he disappeared and I was interviewed by DCF. The two main staff prepped me and listened to what I said through a thin door. Soon after I learned the boys kidneys failed, but heard nothing more.

Don't send your son there parents, chances are they'll come back worse and hold it against you.
5:45 PM, August 14, 2009
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Spring Hill, FL

#28 Dec 12, 2011
A former Teen Challenge student reports:

Anonymous said...

I'm sixteen and I just completed Lakeland, Florida, Teen Girls Teen Challenge in January. It was the worst fifteen months of my life. But I do want to say there were some really good staff there that were only there to keep me safe and are trying to get the place shut down. Anyway, the directors are terrible people. They stole one hundred dollars from my parents and forged my and my parents' signatures. They also did not allow us to mention ANYTHING to our parents about ANYHTING...the center went down after the old director left and the new directors came in. they nail the windows shut and take out the nails when the fire marshall comes. they are modeling the center now in every way after Bonifay boy's center. We have things called corrections which is when you have done something wrong (i.e., not flushing the toilet, forgetting to tell staff you are back from using the restroom, leaving a streak on the mirror after you cleaned it, having a wrinkle in your bed) Basically, you would go outside and they would make you do every kind of strenuous exercise in the book, including suicides, grape vines, worms, laps (usually fifty--which is about 7 miles), jumping jacks, push-ups, crunches, from half an hour to 5 hours, depending on the mood of the staff. the entire time they would scream at you sayin because you did this, you aren't close enough to God, you're not a Christian, etc. etc. Staff would yell constantly, mock you, say terrible things to you. The directors are a husband/wife team and the husband is notorious for looking at the girls in pedophilic ways. I am still waiting to get the call that says that he touched someone. I was neglected there, SEXUALLY ABUSED and when I came forward no one said anything. I want to strip the reputations of most of the staff off of them and see them pay for what they did to me and the other girls in the program. There has been PHYSICAL, SEXUAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL ABUSE IN LAKELAND TEEN CHALLENGE. They are driving these girls away from God. As is the case it seems from most of these reports, there was a lot of fundraising that went on and the money went straight to the pockets of those higher in the employee ladder (mainly, the directors/case managers/deans/the best of the directors' minionic employees). The good staff members were treated terribly. Pay was withheld from them on a consistent basis.
I just want something to be done about this. The girls in the program are my family and I will NOT continue to ignore this immoral injustice. My mouth has been forced shut for far too long. I am taking this straight to the head honchos of Teen Challenge, US, and will either a) have the directors and every other immoral, unGodly staff member fired and publically humiliated, and/or b) have the place eternally shut down.
I have a whole list of people who feel the exact way and are also getting in on the effort to take this place and these people DOWN.
This makes me sick, and they will NOT get away with this. If you want more information or have information or can help in the effort to SHUT DOWN and possibly press criminal charges against Bonifay Boys' Teen Challenge and/or Lakeland Girls' Teen Challenge.
3:24 PM, January 30, 2009
Stop Teen Challenge

Spring Hill, FL

#29 Dec 14, 2011
Another case of sexual abuse against children within the Assemblies of God Church!

Two youth ministers with the Assemblies of God church arrested for sex crimes against children in Polk County

POLK COUNTY, Fla.- Two youth pastors have been arrested for sex-related crimes against children, the Polk County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday.

Edward Demoreta, 30, is accused of having sex at least twoce with a 14-year-old student at Mulberry Middle School., while he was her teacher there.

Ricardo Navarro, 27, was arrested for texting a 14-year-old member of the church youth group with lewd requests.

Both suspects were youth pastors at the First Assembly of God.

Read more: http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_ ...

December 14, 2011
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Spring Hill, FL

#30 Dec 19, 2011
A former TC Bonifay student reports:

Anonymous said...

continued...I wanted to press charges but I knew none of the other kids would testify for fear of retalliation. And all my witnesses were still incarcerated in the teen challenge so it would have never worked. Nor do I wish to publicly state all of the degrading abuse I endured and have to state in front of my parents and a bunch of people I don't know a detailed description of the abuse. I don't have to look at the people who read this. Anywho, if you would like your kid to defecate dirt for 6 days, send him to teen challenge, Bonifay Boys Ranch in Florida. Excuse me for the explicit content and anger, however thats all teen challenge has left my head with.
7:32 PM, January 21, 2011
Invalid

Tallahassee, FL

#31 Feb 6, 2012
You will be butt raped
sergeant isaac williams

United States

#32 Feb 27, 2012
K... kuf numma one is, yeent got enuff dooka hole!
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Spring Hill, FL

#33 Mar 14, 2012
Teen Challenge International West Florida Boy's Ranch is now "Gateway Military Schools." Don't be fooled by the new name it is still the same program ran by the same directors.

Beware: This program is not licensed or accredited and has a long history of abuse.
Gaby

Oak Park, IL

#34 Mar 14, 2012
Sara wrote:
I really question the validity of the post by Josh. I have never heard anything positive from a "real" student from Bonifay. Dave Rutledge is not there to help children or he would certainly behave differently then he does. And, he certainly is not there to worship Almighty God. All of his actions indicate he is there to worship the Almighty Dollar.
My brother is a student at teen challenge bonifay currently. Although the tight schedule can be grueling, redundent, and strict there is no form what so ever of abuse or harsh treatment. Yes, my brother has complained about being there, but he knows all the great that has come out of it and is such a great guy now after being there for the past twelve months, i have met other boys from the program, some who are bitter towards it, but when they suck up their pride they will admit that it changed their lives for the better, and no abuse actually occurs. after all its a very tough program to be in 15 months of physical activity, all boys, in a secluded area doing the same thing nearly every day... of course people are going to be bitter towards it, but in the longrun it does wonderful things bringing boys to christ. and all the other hate posts really make me sick. Pastor Dave is awesome!
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Spring Hill, FL

#35 Mar 15, 2012
TO: Gaby from Oak Park IL

HOLMES CO. SHERIFF REPORTS TELL THE TRUE STORY!

Anyone who doubts the abuse at Teen Challenge International, West FL Boys Ranch in Bonifay now operating as Gateway Military Academy PLEASE READ:

Holmes County Sheriff’s Dept. Incident Report Case# 2005052222, reports a case of one child who was physically abused by the staff.“Sgt Major Morrison physically threw him out of one of the buildings and once outside Mr. Frazier and Mr. McDaniel shoved a garden hose in his mouth and turned the water on then filled his mouth with dirt. On the same day the student was Baker Acted and transported to Bay Behavioral for attempting to cut his wrists.”

There is a report of a child being taken to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL with kidney and liver failure. The mother reported to the Holmes County Sheriff’s Dept.(Incident Report dated 02/29/2008, Case#2008021608) she believed her child was “mistreated by staff” causing her son's injuries.
former employee

Mooresville, NC

#36 Apr 25, 2012
I am a former employee at the Teen Challenge Southeast Regional headquarters located in Columbus Ga. It is currently the administrative HQ for Bonifay TC. Sorry guys...everything said on here is completely true and it only gets worse the farther up the tree you go. There is so much corruption and lies going on you wouldn't believe it.
xyd

Los Gatos, CA

#37 Apr 25, 2012
Teen challenge has abused more kids than michael Jackson
Put them all in jail
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Largo, FL

#38 Apr 29, 2012
former employee wrote:
I am a former employee at the Teen Challenge Southeast Regional headquarters located in Columbus Ga. It is currently the administrative HQ for Bonifay TC. Sorry guys...everything said on here is completely true and it only gets worse the farther up the tree you go. There is so much corruption and lies going on you wouldn't believe it.
I really would like to talk with you. Please contact me, here is my e-mail address:

[email protected] rg
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Largo, FL

#39 Apr 29, 2012
former employee wrote:
I am a former employee at the Teen Challenge Southeast Regional headquarters located in Columbus Ga. It is currently the administrative HQ for Bonifay TC. Sorry guys...everything said on here is completely true and it only gets worse the farther up the tree you go. There is so much corruption and lies going on you wouldn't believe it.
SORRY, the e-mail address I gave in the previous post was not correct. Again, I really would like to talk with you. Here is the correct e-mail:

[email protected] org
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Largo, FL

#40 Apr 29, 2012
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse wrote:
<quoted text>
I really would like to talk with you. Please contact me, here is my e-mail address:
[email protected] rg
Anyone who has information about abuse at Teen Challenge please contact me:

[email protected] org
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Riverview, FL

#42 Jun 15, 2012
A former student reports:

Justin
Shalimar, FL

I can't speak for any other Teen Challenge, but the one in Bonifay is a total hell hole. Dave Rutledge is scum and should be in prison. They put you through physical and mental hell, all the while exploiting you. They send monthly newsletters out to parents depicting happy kids at play... what a joke. Not to mention that this place could not possibly be meeting health codes. Anyone who has been there knows what I'm talking about. That place, kitchen included, is infested with thousands of flies, probably from all the cow and chicken crap (which they make you shovel up to use for profit by the way) that surrounds the area. Your phone calls are on speakerphone while a DI listens in to make sure you don't say anything. Visits are the same way. If you start to say something they will disconnect the call/end visit. They have student Drill Instructors called "DIPS" who are fellow Teen Challenge "prisoners" with authority, which they abuse regularly, because they have already learned from the best torturers, and now have pinned up aggression. When I was there the DIPS actually organized a midnight blanket party (beating with bars of soap in socks) on another student. If you've seen Full Metal Jacket you know what I'm talking about. The rest of the staff are mostly uneducated rednecks. I was sitting in a Juvenile Detention Center for 20 days prior to my going to Teen Challenge, and the food there (same stuff county jails get) was WAY better than the food at TC. What does that tell you? I know there are others out there who remember this... we once had a meal that consisted of rice with bones mixed in. Did I mention the flies? Before you eat your rice and bones they will get their share first. Yum. I can't believe that this place is not only still running, but growing. If your considering sending your kid to an involuntary program, don't even consider the West Florida Teen Challenge. He will begin going through hell before you've even made it off the property, and he may just make a run for it. When I was there kids booked it regularly. I'd say at least once a month. I've seen DIs do terrible things there. From beatings, to making kids stand outside in the cold in their underwear, sticking their faces in mud, 1 minute cold showers, depriving food, etc it goes on and on to the point that I don't really feel like typing all of it. Lock Dave Rutledge up and throw away the key.
white02

Memphis, TN

#43 Aug 3, 2012
I was a student at Teen Challenge Bonifay. I am not payed by Dave Rutledge. Im 26. Im married. I just finished College. I am daily trying to walk with Jesus. He saved me. It began in TC Bonifay. Now I will admit there was some over the top things going on there. It was an extremely in your face time. But what I want to say is that is what I needed. Lets not forget who I was. I would have stole from you in a heart beat, could easily burn your car down and laugh about it before Christ stepped in and saved me. Point is, I needed in your face tough love. There is no doubt in my mind that there was love in that place. Was it perfect? By no mean? But what man run operation is?
Think about this. I went there over 10 years ago and when there there was all this talk of it being under investigation. By this time if it were really as corrupt as people try to paint it to be it would have been shut down. We had child services actually come and interview services because of claims people were making. The reality was the people who were making the claims were the rebellious little punk kids like myself who just as quickly steal from you and attack you for trying to stop them.
I know there are some corrupt TCs out there but God is sovereign and uses them. As for Bonifay, I recommend it to people today. It helped plant some good seeds in me, that have been watered and grown. Praise God.
bob

Imperial, PA

#44 Aug 15, 2012
Sara wrote:
My son just returned home after 21 months at Teen Challenge! He completed his 15 month program and then he decided he wanted to stay on as an intern for an additional six months. While at Teen Challenge my son completed high school, participated in 3 Mission's Trips to Guatemala as well as worked with the Director Dave Rutledge in maintaining the campus. He spent his six month internship laying tile in the new family resource building, learning a trade that he can use through out his life. My son learned self discipline, to respect authority, how to be a leader, and the importance of strong work ethic. Most importantly my son renewed his relationship with Christ and as a result has brought restoration to our entire family. My son was troubled, angry, and broken going into this program, the bigger problem was so was I. The Directors Dave and Barbara Rutledge along with ALL OF THE STAFF of Teen Challenge took me, my son, and my entire family under their wings. I have built relationships with Godly men and women that will last a lifetime! These people are more than "Christian" they are Disciples of the Word of God, doing EXACTLY what Jesus said for us to do... tell the lost and broken of the great Grace and Mercy of our Saviour!
No one leaves this program, son or family without feeling anything but gratitude for what they do unless you yourself do not know Jesus like I do!!!
And furthermore, by the tone in your post, your son was probably like he was because of you! You gave into his whining, his pleading for help! He wasn't being abused he just wasn't being allowed to live the life you allowed him to live at home. You've not "rescued" him from harm, you've delivered him straight into the hands of the Satan!!! Whatever it was that made you decide to send him to the program will now be that much greater. I pray that his life will be spared and you will not have the guilt of him ending up in prison or dead!
how can you say that to someone and call yourself a christian. I was in a teen challenge program that abused people and their leaders were horrible human beings. If you were sick you got dropped off at the bus station with no money. Just because your son had a good experience does not mean others have not had bad ones. People like you make me sick telling her son is in satans hands. How do you know lady? Your almighty God now.That is the exact attitude of fear they put into people in there and not love from my experience. If you leave then God will kill you and keep you in fear. I guess that is who you serve as God , but I dont and to tell an unbeliever who you never met these judgemental things just shows your heart lady. What if you dont believe in those false tongues, then you are the devil. You are a prideful person and very arrogant to speak of things of someone else experience as if they dont matter. Do you realize what and how you can hurt people. She gave her son his way? Were you with this woman in her life. Worry about your own son because he needs the help and hopefully has a better heart than you can offer people!
R-ss Fu----g

Cedartown, GA

#45 Sep 5, 2012
I was 15 years old and had gotten in trouble with the law. I was sent to a YDC in Waycross, GA. I stayed there for 3 months awaiting a sentencing to accept me to the state of florida boot camp program. My parents told me before admitting me to the program that it was a christian, loving military school for boys, which turned out to be a brainwashing cult. My parents and I arrived, I walked willing to the door of the 1st platoon. I was greeted by Sgt. Barns and two other officers. After, meeting the drill instructors outside with my parents, one of them left with my parents and I went the other way with the other two officers into the 1st platoon, never getting to say good-bye. As we were walking into the doors the guards asked me, "was I the one who came from a juvenile correctional facility?" I said, "yes, any place is better than jail" or so i thought. As we walked through the door my head was thrown into a glass mirror. Forcing me to take off all of my clothes, as they shaved my head, with a razor, as I watched other kids being worked out, sweating, and throwing up. After, shaving most of my head to the scalp, I was given five minutes in the shower, after, 25 seconds i was ripped out thrown on the ground and ask, why i was taking so long? That was the first 30 minutes i was there, let me summarize the rest in less than 2500 characters. As I went through orientation we were denied many human privileges. I saw one of my fellow cadets, who was inducted before I, was peeing blood at the urinal. We did so many push ups that another cadets elbows swelled so much that he could not do any more push ups. We were never allowed to sit down, except to sleep, which ended quickly waking up at 5 AM every morning. My ankles were so swollen from the constant standing. We ate standing up in the cold. They shoved God down my throat trying to forces us to speak in tongues, if we didn't fake the act we were punished later on with 72 hour corrections over the "weekend" in which we were only fed 1500 calorie meals a day. While i was there, I saw drill instructors kick kids in the head with boots, breaking eye sockets and rupturing ear drums. Dave Rutledge and fellow "christians" are running some kind of corrupt cult. Beating kids when they are not doing right, breaking us down, totally illegal stuff if it was made public. While i was there doing the exercises on the dirty floor i contracted staph infection as everyone else had. The drill instructors were squeezing the staph effected areas, dispersing it all over the bunks of the 1st platoon. I was effected on the left side of my head, near my temple. I was sick for two weeks and denied that right to see a doctor. I had a fever for weeks over 104 degrees. They only gave me 44 ounces of water and told me to drink. I was also denied contact with my parents for 76 days of the program. Then, when i got to talk to my parents, recorded five minutes, a srg. sat beside us and monitored what we said. If we said anything that hinted we were not having a great time, or complained, or answering our parents questions truthfully, we were punished. The first visit from my parents five months later, before they could see me they had to sit through a seminar give Dave Rutledge warning them of our "lies and manipulation" making us seem like that bad ones. He destroyed our credibility to our parents, especially the kids who were forced to be there. i told them everything they had done and everything i had seen. My dad was brain washed by dave Rutledge's seminar but my mother had not been swayed. I told them of the beatings i experienced myself and witnessed and my staph infection. Many beating were worse than mine, because i was compliant. After, I had told my mother everything she was furious, she did not know this was what the program would be like. She forced my dad to take me out, we left that day. Dave and his faculty called the police, saying my parents had threatened him, because we were signed into a cont.

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