Abuse at Teen Challenge INTL Bonifay FL
TC Grad

Covington, LA

#68 Mar 8, 2013
Teen Challenge isnt as bad as yall are makin it out to be yes it was hard but it wasnt a living hell Pastor Dave is a very good man he isnt evil he cares about all those boys there. I went through it trust me I would kbiw
Austin Sullivan

Omak, WA

#69 Mar 28, 2013
All right first off teen challenge saved my life. Second teen challenge's policies have changed a lot. The rules concerning what staff can and can't do have been tightened and today I'm not even sure if the armbar or "chicken wing" is even used. There is no abuse going on there currently and anyone who claims it now is a liar. I don't know about back in the day but my program changed my life. The staff there were nothing but encouraging to me. They did they're job we'll I'm 17 years old and ill be going to PSU in September. Before teen challenge I was addicted to drugs. Living hell? No I love teen challenge
Cadet-Christian Hill

Mount Juliet, TN

#70 May 11, 2013
I know I said some bad things before, We all go through bad things in life, I have been to prison, and I can say I would have rather been in Teen Challenge again. It all happened for a reason, God is real, Jesus is real, so is the devil, and all who saw when Hagler was Demon possessed, know what I'm speaking of. I have had my own demon encounters, and now I know the truth. Put away your grudges, and take what you can from the experience, suck it up, people in the Bible died to keep God's word alive, we went through a little pussy program, Suck this shit up. Put away your forgiveness, and forgive, because if not, You will not be forgiven. I did 15 months, I was there, shit was tough, but I am a better man for it. Let God be Pastor Dave's judge, God bless you all in Jesus Name. If you have your doubts in Jesus, God to him in sincerity, and he will reveal himself to you, and you will know he is there.
Former Parents

Howey In The Hills, FL

#71 May 16, 2013
THANK GOODNESS.....FINALLY....Dave and Barbara Rutledge are leavimg WFTC!!!!!
Yea

Phoenix, AZ

#72 May 30, 2013
The same guy is writing all that shit
Teen Challenge Sister

United States

#73 Oct 11, 2013
i am not going to state any of my information on here but i do want to let everyone know that Pastor Dave is not the leader of tc in Florida anymore, and the leader who currently is has an amazing gift and talent and passion for these boys. i wont give my brothers whole story on how and why he ended up at tc but i will tell you he was on a path straight to jail which would have ended in hell. The first few months were hard for him he still had his problems but he is in the last two months and let me tell you i dont know who this man is anymore God has completely changed him around and it was the help of Pastor Dave i did not agree with some of the things he chose but because of his leadership my brother is a man of God a hero to me he is currently 16 and i am his older sister and when i look at my brother i have hope that anything is possible with God because my baby brother got saved through this program everybody makes mistakes no ministry is perfect. Nobody is perfect. I think if we are the "Christians" we call ourselves then we shouldnt bad mouth a ministry or pastor that has helped many students come to Christ. I may have good comments i made have bad comments but i know that without the help of this program i probably would have been to a funeral this year instead of a teen challenge graduation.
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Tampa, FL

#74 Nov 9, 2013
There are confirmed cases of abuse at both TC Bonifay and TC Vero Beach. One child at TC Bonifay had to be air lifted to All Children's Hospital in AL with kidney and liver failure. The abuse is real, it is documented and it is severe.

Please know these facilities operate as BOARDING SCHOOLS and cannot legally advertise as "treatment." They do not have any licensed or certified professionals on staff and are not required to hire them. Please note this is not "treatment" and it certainly isn't Christianity.
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Tampa, FL

#76 Nov 10, 2013
Anyone who doubts these reports of abuse at TC, please open and read this report. There are confirmed cases of severe abuse at Teen Challenge.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/rel...
graduate

Waynesville, MO

#78 Jan 1, 2014
I copleted a 15 month teen challenge and I'm clean and behavior is amazing. U just not a man and u can't face reality of life and to fight ur problems head on
Anonymous

New York, NY

#80 Jan 21, 2014
I personally came in contact with the founder of Teen Challenge and Times Square Church let me tell you, go to this blog

http://karen-rajabian.blogspot.com/2012/11/th...

This is just one.

I can personally tell you these criminal wolves would destroy your life and report you as a threat to the state, meanwhile you have no clue.

How could this man David Wilkerson be called a great man of God and yet all his institutions ,mentally, verbally, and SEXUALY ABUSE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!

I had someone warn me from that church that there was paedophilia in the ministry. I left and never looked back.

I hate those people with a passion.

I also had several other people detail to me that they were under 24 hour surveillance from this so called church of lions. I did not believe them because I also drank the Kool-aid that the founder was a man of God. Never! He is rotting in hell for all the children abused by his ministry.
Franc

Houston, TX

#81 Jan 23, 2014
I went here it was a lifesaver.
anon

Tucker, GA

#82 Jan 28, 2014
Jordan

Wagoner, OK

#83 Jan 30, 2014
I don't know how WFTC is now but I went there ten years ago and it was a living nightmare. Period.
tjj

Holland, MI

#84 Feb 20, 2014
Check out the other posts about Western Michigan Teen Challenge.
Same type of problems.
DO NOT GO TO TC!!!!
DO YOUR HOMEWORK....
Michael

Minneapolis, MN

#85 May 27, 2014
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!
My best friend had psychological damage from what they did to him there. You might wanna reconsider the words "No one leaves this program, son or family without feeling anything but gratitude"
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Tampa, FL

#86 Nov 18, 2014
There are documented cases of abuse at TC Bonifay, FL (Gateway Christian Academy) and TC Vero Beach, FL (Anderson Academy). These facilities operate as "boarding schools." Please know they are not licensed or regulated and have no credentials to treat addictions or behavioral disorders. Parents BEWARE!

The Tampa Bay Times spent a year investigation TC and other facilities. Please know kids are abused at TC, one child almost died from kidney and liver failure.

Please read the full report at:
http://www.tampabay.com/faccca/
pino

Hattiesburg, MS

#87 Nov 25, 2014
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 DARE YOU accuse someone of lying abt abuse at YOUR facilty? I reckon u are staff at that AWFUL PLACE. You will be exposed and punished- God does not take lightly rip-offs and evil charlatans. I don't know abt all the teen challenges- but some are money-hungry and abusive. Ppl don't just make up stories. Im sick and tired of SO CALLED CHRISTIANS WHO LACK LOVE. I HOPE THIS PLACE IS EXPOSED AND SHUT DOWN. YOU worker of iniquity!!
Eric Shroyer

Nixa, MO

#88 Feb 3, 2015
I graduated from bonifay Teen Challenge. It was a tough program. I learned a lot. Most kids sent three are rebellious, and cause distraction in there homes. I am grateful for teen challenge. Dave Rutledge and i still talk to this day. I have a wife and a son now, and my life is changed through christ. Rebellious kids don't need people to coddle them into being good, no most times there past that point and need an intervention.. Thank you Teen Challenge!!
Eric Shroyer

Nixa, MO

#89 Feb 4, 2015
For everyone that has a report of abuse. You are the select few that have had problems with teen challenge. And if you are honest with yourselves, you have most likely had this problem all throughout life. Your the sore thumb that always sticks out/. You are once again enabling your son to live a hellish life. While hundreds of families have benefited from Bonifay Teen Challenge, you the complainer have not. Im sorry to here your complaints. But ask yourself why you sent your son to TC in the first place… Was he a perfect angel that never got in trouble?? Probably not. Most parents enabled there kids to do the evil things they did and thats why there kids are in the position that there in. I graduated in 08' and have gone back to help when i can, Its a great program. These boys don't need to be coddled they need an intervention and life direction. Most kids that don't do well in the program are very few… They are a lot of times extreme liars, manipulators, and schemers. They know how to work the system because they have done it all there life in other places. Its just they way they think… "If I do X+Y= ill get Z results.." These kids in the program did it at home and they do it at the Bonifay TC. They threaten the parents, "Ill call Abuse hotline if you spank me" or work the system at school. They know what buttons to push and how to get there way. Eventually someone has to step in and say NO! And God help us when we reach the point where we can't intervene in a child's life. Because if we don't the kid is going to end up dead or in jail, where bubba will straighten him out.
Eric Shroyer

Nixa, MO

#90 Feb 4, 2015
Michael wrote:
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My best friend had psychological damage from what they did to him there. You might wanna reconsider the words "No one leaves this program, son or family without feeling anything but gratitude"
I graduated in 08 from the program… Let me tell you about psychological damage…. I had that before the program from all the crap that is on TV and all the bad influences at schools i went to…. Now your saying I am Psychologically damaged… Honey, you don't know what your saying. I was in a living HELL before Bonifay TC.. I played the system and manipulated my way throughout life brought destructing to family…Now that is psychological damage, and if you call it anything else then…

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