More reports of abuse at the notoriou...

More reports of abuse at the notorious Bethel Childrens home

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REV HERMAN FOUNTAIN

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jun 28, 2010
New reports of child abuse prompted the removal of two minors from the notorious Bethel Children's Home in Lucedale, Ms. A 15 year old from Alabama and 12 year old from New York were removed following reports of abuse by a runaway. Last June 72 children were removed from the welfare department; many testified to excessive beatings and boot-camp type regimens. In contempt of court, REV. HERMAN FOUNTAIN and colleagues have $300,000 in unpaid penalties, and face a jury trial for assaulting police officers. The state requires no licensing for religious homes. However, the legislature passed a bill, in effect July 1, requiring 24-hour childcare homes to submit monthly lists of names and places of origin for each child and staff member, and educational information.
REV HERMAN FOUNTAIN

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jul 15, 2010
June 1988
Bethel Children's Home in Lucedale, Mississippi. Welfare officials raided and took custody of 72 children found to have been abused and neglected; many testified to excessive beatings and boot-camp type regimens.
April 1989 Reports of child abuse prompted the removal of two minors from Bethel Children's Home in Lucedale, Ms. A 15 year old from Alabama and 12 year old from New York were removed following reports of abuse by a runaway. REV. HERMAN FOUNTAIN in contempt of court, and colleagues have $300,000 in unpaid penalties, face a jury trial for assaulting police officers. The state requires no licensing for religious homes. However, the legislature passed a bill, in effect July 1, requiring 24-hour child-care homes to submit monthly lists of names and places of origin for each child and staff member, and educational information.(Mobile Register).
May 1989 REV. HERMAN FOUNTAIN was sentenced to 1 year in jail and 4 years' probation for striking a Mississippi state trooper. Fountain, 39, operates the notorious Bethel Children's Home in Lucedale, MS, which has refused to turn over records on children in its custody, many of whom have run away and reported gross maltreatment.(Montgomery Advertiser).
January 1990 Judge ordered Bethel Children's Home closed
1994 Bethel Children's Home reopened as Bethel Boys Academy.
July 2002 Former Bethel Boys Academy student Joseph G. Paolillo and his father, Joseph P. Paolillo, filed a $5 million federal lawsuit against the Bethel Academy alleging the child was abused and neglected in 1998. The lawsuit alleges Joseph G. Paolillo he was beaten until he became unconscious after he broke his arm and was subjected to verbal abuse including racial slurs. It also alleges he had bone protruding through his left arm but was denied medical care until two weeks later.
July 2003
Attorney General Mike Moore wants to shut down Bethel Boys Academy and keep administrators from operating any other type of children's home. "The children have suffered physical injury and mental anguish and humiliation as a result of the defendants' negligent failure to protect the health, safety and welfare of the children," the office alleges in court papers filed July 2, 2003.(Clarion-Ledger).
August 2004 Bethel Boys Academy reveals that it is operating under the WWASP umbrella: The August 2004 WWASP Source Magazine featured an article from John D. Fountain, Director of Bethel Boys Academy, introducing Bethel Boys Academy.(December 26, 2001) Lou Kilzer, a staff reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, writes of a girl and other children being pulled from a program in Mexico called High Impact, and alleges deplorable conditions and is closely associated with the WWASP. Chris Goodwin, of California, led the charge to close High Impact in Mexico after his son was transferred there from another WWASP program in 2001. His son was locked in a dog cage for a week at a time, hog-tied in the sun for three days, had his teeth knocked through his lips by a staffer who smashed his face repeatedly into the ground and was forced to walk around the compound's perimeter track wearing flannel underwear and a sweat suit.
October 2004 Department of Health (DHS) officials and the George County Sheriff's Department investigated a complaint at the Bethel Boys Academy. Sheriff Garry Welford said a complaint was made to the state by a child and interviews were conducted with the 102 boys at the home.(Hattiesburg American).
November 2004 PARENTS SUE BETHEL BOYS ACADEMY: Parents of eight former Bethel Boys Academy Cadets filed a federal lawsuit in Mississippi. They are accusing Bethel Boys Academy owners, operators and employees of abusing their sons.(Clarion-Ledger).
April 2005 Riot: Children Injured - Facility closed and reopened (now known as Eagle Point Christian Academy)
April 2005 Mom pulls twins from program
May 2005 Enrollment Down
June 2005 Lawsuit filed in November gets trial date in July 2006
Thomas Welsch

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Jul 20, 2010
Rev. Thomas Welsch, 39, and his wife Jean, 40, were sentenced to 30 years in prison with all but 6 years suspended, after pleading guilty to 5 counts each of child sexual abuse. Originally they were charged with 571 counts involving 3 victims. Welsch and his wife abused twin sisters, 13, and a 17 year old girl. He was pastor at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Cambridge, MD for 10 years. The state's attorney praised all 3 victims for showing " a lot of courage " in testifying against their popular pastor.
Drew

Honolulu, HI

#5 Mar 5, 2011
I was a victim of this BASTARD when I was a child I am now 43 years old and would LOVE to see this abusive loser behind bars or maybe we could get in the boxing ring like he use to do to the kids when they had a grievence with one another. I have been beat several times from ankles to shoulders by him and his staff with a switch the size of a nickel.
He claims to be a man of God but is a FALSE PROPHET who will BURN IN HELL!!!
REV HERMAN FOUNTAIN wrote:
New reports of child abuse prompted the removal of two minors from the notorious Bethel Children's Home in Lucedale, Ms. A 15 year old from Alabama and 12 year old from New York were removed following reports of abuse by a runaway. Last June 72 children were removed from the welfare department; many testified to excessive beatings and boot-camp type regimens. In contempt of court, REV. HERMAN FOUNTAIN and colleagues have $300,000 in unpaid penalties, and face a jury trial for assaulting police officers. The state requires no licensing for religious homes. However, the legislature passed a bill, in effect July 1, requiring 24-hour childcare homes to submit monthly lists of names and places of origin for each child and staff member, and educational information.
Grybowicz

Apopka, FL

#6 Mar 5, 2011
Dont think for a minute because this guy pretends to be a Reverend he didnt pretend to be a Reverend for that specific reason. Jews like Tony Alamo (look up his real name) change their names and take names like "Fountain" because they were probably sitting in the park waiting for little kids to pass by as they invented it. Id bet you a dozen bagels he is Jewish (non white).
Tom

Jacksonville, FL

#8 Nov 18, 2012
I was there in the late 70s this guy should have been put to death for what he did to kids
Joe

Torrance, CA

#9 May 23, 2013
Drew wrote:
I was a victim of this BASTARD when I was a child I am now 43 years old and would LOVE to see this abusive loser behind bars or maybe we could get in the boxing ring like he use to do to the kids when they had a grievence with one another. I have been beat several times from ankles to shoulders by him and his staff with a switch the size of a nickel.
He claims to be a man of God but is a FALSE PROPHET who will BURN IN HELL!!!
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Me too. I was there in 1982 for nine months before I ran and got away. Very racist pile of dung, though I always thought his wife was HAWT. Yea, I am subjective and ranting off topic. I earned that having to live with Bubba and his dad.
Mike Hogan

Odessa, TX

#10 Jun 20, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Me too. I was there in 1982 for nine months before I ran and got away. Very racist pile of dung, though I always thought his wife was HAWT. Yea, I am subjective and ranting off topic. I earned that having to live with Bubba and his dad.
I was only there for a month in 1982 before I ran away. There was a guy there, Joe Hogan was his name. He was in the cooler the whole time I was there. He was in there for running away and he had gotten caught. He was nice to me while I was there. Will never forget him. Any chance that might be you?
Mike Rand

Jamestown, NY

#11 Jul 14, 2013
Drew wrote:
I was a victim of this BASTARD when I was a child I am now 43 years old and would LOVE to see this abusive loser behind bars or maybe we could get in the boxing ring like he use to do to the kids when they had a grievence with one another. I have been beat several times from ankles to shoulders by him and his staff with a switch the size of a nickel.
He claims to be a man of God but is a FALSE PROPHET who will BURN IN HELL!!!
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Hello , I ran away from bethel in 1983 . Hitch hiked to Mobile . A church there provided me with a bus ticket home to Pa.
I was weeding a large field and every time I would get to the end of a row , by the road, I would jump out and stick my thumb out for a ride. SCAIRED SHITLESS. A nice lady finally picked me up, she knew where I was from and did not like the home so she gladly gave me a ride.
Pleas feel free to email me .([email protected])
All I can say is FUCK YOU FOUNTIANS !
Sorry for that if it offended you , but that's how I feel to this day .
Michael Rand
tyler kershner

Bradenton, FL

#12 Jul 15, 2013
I was there in 04 horrible what was done...I sell kids beaten kicked in the ribs and head slammed... playing football one day I ran up to defend the chief d.i. and he struck me in the throat with his forarm
Mike Hogan

Odessa, TX

#13 Jul 30, 2013
If anyone here is interested, these are Herman's two facebook pages. He is running an adult home these days. I say bombard his pages with posts.

https://www.facebook.com/TheNewCityOfRefuge

https://www.facebook.com/herman.fountain.7...
Mike Rand

Jamestown, NY

#14 Jul 30, 2013
Mike Hogan wrote:
If anyone here is interested, these are Herman's two facebook pages. He is running an adult home these days. I say bombard his pages with posts.
https://www.facebook.com/TheNewCityOfRefuge
https://www.facebook.com/herman.fountain.7...
Thanks for the intel , I checked them out. Sick but colorful photos . There are no colorful photos of electrocution , drowning's , red blood running down a small child's face , no photos of him spiting in there faces then backhanding them so hard they bleed from nose and mouth then gut punch them , the small child doubled over in pain , crying , unable to catch there breath. These are just a few of the photos , in my memory .
I see he says things like "Thank The Lord Jesus Christ " . Who the "hell" this guy think he is ?
SICK DEMENTED EVIL LOOSER ALL HE IS.
robert- tony-bugner

Castle Rock, CO

#15 Sep 8, 2013
i was there from 1980 to 1985.does anyone remember having to pick their own switch?...do you remember what happened if it wasnt good enough?...me too.
if i wasn't screwed up when i got there,bro.fountain made certain i was when i left. im sorry to all my fellow "bethelites" for this sentiment: im glad im not alone anymore.
Angel

Lakewood, WA

#16 Sep 15, 2013
Does anyone remember a boy named Robert(Bobby)Woodhouse?
Bethel Survivor

Jamestown, NY

#17 Sep 16, 2013
Angel wrote:
Does anyone remember a boy named Robert(Bobby)Woodhouse?
I remember vary few names, it has been 33 years since I was there. Have tried to put that behind me but from time to time that hellish nightmare haunts me. When was Bobby there?
Drillerdeep

Jamestown, NY

#19 Sep 20, 2013
Carl W Harris

Wausau, WI

#20 Oct 9, 2013
I was at Bethel Baptist Children's home in Lucedale, Ms. in 1982- 1983. I too, was beaten, verbally and mentally abused,slapped, spit upon and belittled. First I want to see that Herman,Bubba,Brian and Mike have no business whatsoever putting any kind of references before their name such as Rev. or Brother as this is very disrespectful to JESUS CHRIST. I recall vividly to this very day and minute being switched for anything and everything they deemed to be wrong in their demented eyes.Ex; Failing or getting bad grades in school, not lining up fast enuf, not eating fast enuf or working enuf. Even lifting your head up from your lap in church when the girls were up front singing. Remeber working in extreme heat 10-12 hrs a day, shoveling cow shit into 5 gallon buckets from a farm and spreading on the garden or working on keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi - tearing down the bakery and riding in filthy hot u-haul box truck to and from there so they could save wood and bricks to build their dream dormitory.i remember planning my escape by pretending to be their religious and changed puppet by preaching in town squares on bed of pick-up or in front of packed church, just so I could become a leader so I was not followed by/escorted by 2 others to piss or shit or do anything. i ran away with another younger boy and hitchhiked to Biloxi then made it to Slidell,La.Got busted hitchhiking cops had these idiots pick us up.Upon arrival took me into hermans damn brick house slapping & spitting in my face.Gathering everybody in compound in front yard as i was made to box a guy named Dave,then Ricky & another until I couldn't lift my arms.Then was forced to carry hurricane block for remainder of day.I was moved downstairs and put in a cell-like room and they pumped religious music/preaching 24/7 from a cassette recorder.I feel like puking in their faces and wish them to HELL!!I'm in jail and will send out more A.s.a.p. thru my beautiful woman.Anybody can write me. Marathon Cty jail, 500 Forest, Wausau, Wi.54403. Stay strong as we will conquer these vagabonds. Carl W. Harris told to Joelle Lucas
patricia

Kansas City, MO

#21 Oct 14, 2013
I was in bethel in 1986 to 1987. I was beaten with branches, locked in a room scrubbing pots and pans till my fingers bled, beaten and all in the name of god. I finally want home in june 1987. A lot more happened that I should have told people about but was to dang scared to.
Hurtnomore

Jamestown, NY

#22 Oct 18, 2013
https://www.facebook.com/bethel.survivor
Here is a site many children from Bethel are on
charlie kirkland

United States

#24 Dec 2, 2013
Hi i was there for 2 years 87 88 i was the one who let pugsly run to go to dhs i was the reason the mis national gard came in and yes i remeber names like gary soucsin i was beaten and almost drownded and had staples.rip out of a emerg apendectamy serg i still have scare to this day i was held down and made to eat my outmeal with my own puke in it he is a very evil man sorry for bad spelling on my cell

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