Abuse at Teen Challenge INTL Bonifay FL

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STOP TEEN CHALLENGE

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Sep 9, 2012
 

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(West Florida)I was in the program not to long ago.the abuse rumors are %100 true. they actually broke my arm on the first day in, and still treated me very badly, mentality and physicality. they would make you stand ALL DAY even during meals.They have a place called a "sand pit" where they make you stay for days in the same cloths and not shower, barly any food, also with no school and even miss your parent visit. I dont think real christians would do that to a kid. I've heard kids getting beaten in there "office" at night while in my bed i was really scared. Lucky i was only there for 3 months before my Mother found forums like this and took me out. SO DO NOT PUT YOUR KID THERE!
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I was in tc for around 8 months, I successfully escaped and don't regret it at all. I recently did two years in prison and learned more there than I ever did in that place. Any questions fbook me!
ethan

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#48
Sep 16, 2012
 
i spent 6 months in this program and hated every moment of it they forced me to wear an orange jumpsuit like i was in prison and even made me run for miles carrying a wooden cross on my back if i refused to do anything i was thrown to the ground and beaten until i agreed to do it. i hate teen challenge and everything they stand for someone should burn this place to the ground and dave rutledge and chris munden should burn in hell.
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

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#50
Sep 26, 2012
 
To anyone posting on this forum, please know Teen Challenge Intl is now doing business as Gateway Christian Military School & Academy and has another Topix forum.

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/bonifay-fl/T8...
STEVE DAVIS

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Hello out there to all of you obama lovers! It appears as though at least several of these posts were made by the same individual(s).
Our son is currently in TC, and I can personally attest to the fact that these allegations are totally untrue and without any merit whatsoever.
Yes, TC is a highly structured and controlled program. Its program participants are held to a strict level of accountability. The program is all about developing Christian morality, character and integrity--all constructs that are counter-intuitive to our current "progressive" society.
Also, the very same dysfunctional lifestyles and home environments that led to children needing to be placed in TC may often still be prevalent and obvious to the staff members who are trying to work with your child. Under these circumstances, it is easy to understand why it is essential (not abusive) for the staff to maintain a certain level of control over your child while there if he is to successfully complete the program.
Life is tough--get over it! Please feel free to contact me at davis.steve63@yahoo.com,as I shall be most happy to share any/ all of our personal experiences
Student at TC

Peachtree City, GA

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#52
Oct 12, 2012
 
Teen challenge bonifay saved my life from drug addiction and gave me the opportunity to get a personal relationship with Christ. I am a current student at west Florida Teen Challenge and I wouldn't give up my experiences their for the world. Teen challenge isn't perfect but God is. Parents, kids that are sent to teen challenge are known drug addicts and even though they are your darling little boys, are capable of minipulating and lying. Sorry to break it to you, but if they have been sent to tc, remember why. Pastor Dave Rutledge cares and is a godly dude. Your tripping if you don't see that. Just see how much time and care he puts into us students and you'll know. Teen challenge works if you let it.
Bible Believing Fool

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Oct 21, 2012
 

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Hi student at TC - You have just broken a TC rule of how you are not suppose to be on the internet, especially if you are a student at TC. Did you sneak into Stewards office and access the internet?
Student at TC wrote:
Teen challenge bonifay saved my life from drug addiction and gave me the opportunity to get a personal relationship with Christ. I am a current student at west Florida Teen Challenge and I wouldn't give up my experiences their for the world. Teen challenge isn't perfect but God is. Parents, kids that are sent to teen challenge are known drug addicts and even though they are your darling little boys, are capable of minipulating and lying. Sorry to break it to you, but if they have been sent to tc, remember why. Pastor Dave Rutledge cares and is a godly dude. Your tripping if you don't see that. Just see how much time and care he puts into us students and you'll know. Teen challenge works if you let it.
Bible Believing Fool

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Oct 21, 2012
 

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Lol.......this is hilarious! Steve, you are in the Rutledge delusional trance right now. The efforts of this program will show after your son leaves the program! Trust me!

By the way, I am a full blooded Republican. Go Romney!
STEVE DAVIS wrote:
Hello out there to all of you obama lovers! It appears as though at least several of these posts were made by the same individual(s).
Our son is currently in TC, and I can personally attest to the fact that these allegations are totally untrue and without any merit whatsoever.
Yes, TC is a highly structured and controlled program. Its program participants are held to a strict level of accountability. The program is all about developing Christian morality, character and integrity--all constructs that are counter-intuitive to our current "progressive" society.
Also, the very same dysfunctional lifestyles and home environments that led to children needing to be placed in TC may often still be prevalent and obvious to the staff members who are trying to work with your child. Under these circumstances, it is easy to understand why it is essential (not abusive) for the staff to maintain a certain level of control over your child while there if he is to successfully complete the program.
Life is tough--get over it! Please feel free to contact me at davis.steve63@yahoo.com,as I shall be most happy to share any/ all of our personal experiences
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Inverness, FL

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#55
Oct 31, 2012
 
Anyone who doubts abuse at this facility please read a recent report in the Tampa Bay Times:

http://www.tampabay.com/faccca/group-homes/te...
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Inverness, FL

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#56
Oct 31, 2012
 
This is the link to the main story recently reported by the Tampa Bay Times.

http://www.tampabay.com/faccca/
Former WFTC parent

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Homosexuality, drug abuse, abuse and lies at this place. Never trust anyone there!
Wow from Mississippi

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Dec 7, 2012
 
Wow! is all I can even say after ready this forum, I am currently in the process of finding somewhere for my son and I have had quite a few people tell me that Teen Challenge was just a great program, etc. I know we are talking specifically about Gateway in Bonify Fl.(which is where my son was probaby going, I emailed them earlier to send me more info and application etc.)for treatment. the info on the website sounded just like the perfect place for my son, however now reading all of this (plan on reading the provided links above on the different reports, etc.)there is no way in Hell I would send my son there, I do know there is two sides to every story but there are alot of serious allegations being made here. I am sorry but just me reading this forum and the links true or not true I would never even take the chance! My son is 16 and is really screwing up but he needs a Treatment Center not a place of pure abuse. I have never had to deal with anything like our situation, does anyone know anything about the TC in Meansville Ga?(Prayer Mountain)I was looking into that facility also, however IF these stories are indeed true it doesn't say much about the whole TC program,if they will allow this to go on the whole organization is a fraud. I wouldn't want my son at any center they are affiliated with. Does anyone know of a good Juvenile Treatment Center besides TC??
Andrew Elliott

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#60
Dec 11, 2012
 
whats up caleb? My names is andrew elliott, you were in delta platoon and I was in echo. I remember gillenwater and the hell they put him through, the mancell brothers were absolutely insane. Not to mention the devil himself dave rutledge. I would have to say he is definitely the biggest scam artist know to man and should be fired/arrested, the fact thats this place is sstill in operation blows my mind. Im sure your remember the pain train and all the duck walking. I was 350 lbs when I got there and in 4months I lost 150 lbs which I didnt understand at the time is nuts, I guess I was just happy not to be fat anymore. Due to all the time we spent squatted down my knees are completely shot, but anywho I hope your doing awesome man it was good to see your name and recognize someone who remembers that crazy place
Chris Hill

Palm Harbor, FL

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#61
Dec 13, 2012
 
I was there and was starved and saw a kid thrown through a window for talking back. I saw a kid get his head slammed on the floor. I saw tiny 14 year old kids thrown around and abused and man handled by eveil men in sheeps clothing which the bible speaks of. Major blunt was a true man and left, because things were corrupt, Or at least that is what I believe. Your son may be a god kid, And knows jesus, And I also found Jesus but it was after I went to prison. You cant stuff religion down someones throat and think they will recieve it with thanksgiving. You are forced to worship God there or you get abused, Starved, Or phsically trained in a sand pit, Or rool in icy grass at 5 am. Is that what you would want to go through? You pay 20 grand to go there? Were does the money go? Most kids dont go on mission trips. So if your son does not go on the trip then why are you paying 20 grand. And dont be on here all high and mighty saying your son knows jesus so well. He has the same chances to fall back on his face like everyone else. I will say Jesus is there, but there is also much corruption at least when I was there.
Matt Pierce

Charlotte, NC

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#62
Jan 20, 2013
 
Dave Rutledge is a liar and a thief. His cronies are a bunch of child abusers. I'm 27 years old and graduated from that place 11 years ago. Would I still lie about this today? I'm a biochemical engineer with degrees from the university of North Carolina and NC state. I'm not some broke ass liar with a need to hate others. Dave Rutledge deserves nothing better than a 6x9 prison cell for the rest of his life for what I have seen go on in that place; and for what happened to me there. I've seen children have their toenails ripped from their feet. I've suffered from a concussion and anaphylaxis without medical treatment, not to mention various food poisoning incidents. I and many others have been forced to fight one another at the disposal of the entertainment of staff. I was threatened by a beating with a golf club if I spoke to social services. I'm not scared of teen challenge or any of its bumpkin thug wannabes. I can only hope and wish that "pastor" dave is tortured prior to his murder dealt by pissed off kids. Hopefully, one day, justice will be served in the form of a COLD dish to that evil entity.
Matt Pierce

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I forgot to mention that while I was there I was forced to kill a dog with a .38 calibur snub nose revolver. My "Sgt. Major" forced me and a kid called DeMonia (who is currently serving a prison sentence) to dig a 3x3x3 hole, capture a "trespassing" animal (a pregnant female dog), and hold it down while our SM shot it in the back of the head. It coughed blood all over the place for about 30 seconds before he delivered a second shot to the neck, killing the pregnant animal, which had done absolutely no harm to anyone. I can understand putting down a sick dog, but not a pregnant one. These people are extremely stupid and lack college education. They will try their best to lead your child down the same path. DON'T! Love your children. They will learn from their mistakes. Have faith that things will work out. They will. If they don't, then they don't. They never would have anyway. You don't need TC to fix your problems, it will only make them worse. mpierc18@uncc.edu if you would like to talk about it.
joey schwartz

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#64
Jan 28, 2013
 
i went to this teen challenge when i was 15. it did little good for me but overall was abused and mistreated. the military aspect of it got me stroner and more disciplined, but in short it was the worst time of my life. i hated my parents twice as much for sending me there afterwards and havent seen them in years now cuz of it. the comment sara left, i actually know your son and did not know about that and am very sorry to hear about it. If i could go back in time i would have done wat EVERY kid there talks about doing..sneaking into the cq and killing clay and dave rutledge. u can look up in the records that i was there..my father did all of the computer work for them. i hacked into theyre computers and was talking to my ex girlfriend begging her to get me out of there. long story short i hated it and those who sent me there for what they put me thru. they THINK it is doing good but as a person who actually went thru it first hand for 18 months not 15 ( i got time added for talking to my gf) it is and will forever haunt my dreams remembering munden and many more the drill instructos beating me, throwing me against walls cuz my sentence only started with sir and didnt end with sir...notice NONE of the DI,s have kids of their own...if they had kids of their own they would be less likely to throw around someone elses children like a rag doll. in short. fuck you teen challenge. i will end up returning only this time probably armed and prepared to do what needs to be done to these people. with a gun pointed to their heads make THEM work out for 8 hours straight with no water and a bs excuse for food and see how they like it.
Marwan

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#65
Jan 30, 2013
 
I am the parent of a 17 year old boy who went through several unsuccessful private boarding programs before coming to TC in Bonifay FL. We pay privately for him at TC and are happy with his irmpovement. This is a great place that works on bringing healing to many kids. Our son has been there now for a year and continues to improve. TC involves both the parents and the kids working together in classes during parents visits to help restore the family. Our experience is similar to Josh's.

I believe that Pastor Dave, Barbara, Chaplain Rice and many other current TC staff are godly people who try their best in difficult situations. Neither your kid or mine would be at TC if you or we were able to handle them (keep them safe and keep others safe) at home!

I am sure like with every business some people have good and some bad experience. From the several other parents that we see and socialize with each parents weekend visit I have heard nothing but all positives about how their kids are improving and their satisfaction with the program and staff.

And for the record I am not paid by TC to say any of this. Our family had to make some financial sacrifices to afford it. I pay the full monthly fee for our son's attending there and I believe that the financial cost is all worth it.
mourning warbler

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Feb 15, 2013
 
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse wrote:
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
COMMENT BY MOURNING WARBLER: Why did you take your kid there in the first place if he or she was an innocent child causing you no concern?
Josh Trevino

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I am a graduate from west florida teen challenge and I will tell you right now that that place is as far from being a "living hell" as possible. Americans these days are just ungrateful and when something gets hard they give up and blame other people. That place gave me my life back and gave me a relationship with Christ. I am now almost done with high school, have renewed the relationship with my mom and am working and helping out with my church full time. I know Sara in person and her testimonie is powerful. She is a real mother who has experienced the trouble of having a rebellious teenage son and through christ and west florida teen challenge has experienced the glory or someone becoming brand new through the blood of christ. West florida teen challenge is an amazing place that gives parents there sons back. People you are welcome to talk to me on face book I am a real person who has experienced this program and am forever thankful for it. God bless.

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