New Bethany Home
New Bethany Home was the name for three facilities located at:
- Longstreet, Louisiana (Closed 1981)
- Walterboro, South Carolina (Closed 1984) <Ref>The Rod of Correction, Time Magazine, June 11, 1984
HANDCUFFS, JAILING FULFILLED SCRIPTURE AT CHURCH SCHOOL, Miami Herald - June 4, 1984 (Subscription article)</Ref>
- Arcadia, Louisiana (Closed ?) <Ref name="newbank1">Louisiana teen home cites reorganization in closing, The Associated Press, January 8, 1992 (Subscription article)</Ref> <Ref>Judge refuses to order fire inspection of school, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), September 14, 1996 (Subscription article)</Ref>
They were shut down after claims of abuse <Ref>Welcome to The History of New Bethany, from Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth (CAFETY)</Ref>.
They were run by the couple Mack and Thelma Ford <Ref>History of New Bethany, www.whtg.org</Ref>.
The Arcadia facility closed in 1992 <ref name=newbank1/>, but reopened some year later. They battled the authorities not allowing fire inspections which could ensure the safety of the detained teenagers but lost in court <Ref>State wins round in school inspection, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), December 10, 1998 (Subscription article)
Disputed children's home reopened, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), June 3, 1998 (Subscription article)</Ref>.
The claims of unhumane treatment consisted of these points <Ref>It took 7 months to literally beat God out of me, and 27 years to be able to forgive those responsible., Freely Moving About The Kingdom - blog</Ref>:
|This facility used|
- 1) Frequent whippings that left bruises.
- 2) Beatings at the hands of other girls (big sister treatment)
- 3) Being made to clean out animal pens with bare hands
- 4) Being denied medical care.
- 5) Being constantly called derogatory names.
- 6) Put on watch and/or silence for minor infractions
- 7) Made to wear high heel shoes for weeks at a time, even to do physical labor
In the news[redigér]
In 1998 a grandmother campained for the release of her grandson, which she got with help from U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo <Ref>Fighting to free a grandson, Western Slope family campaigns for release of 14-year-old boy from Louisiana preacher's harsh detention compound, By by Lou Kilzer, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado, 1 November 1998 (Reprint from World Corporal Punishment Research)</Ref><Ref>Teen Held In La. Camp Flies Home, Five months' incarceration ends after news stories, court order, lawmaker's intervention win release, By Lou Kilzer, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado, 11 December 1998 (Reprint from World Corporal Punishment Research)</Ref>
Two employees were sentenced to five years of probation.