Heartland Christian Academy

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Current status Open
Detainees.gif Capacity 225 [1]
Checked November 30, 2010

Heartland Christian Academy is a behavior modification facility marketed as a Christian Boarding School located in Newark, Missouri [2]

Program structure

Because the state of Missouri regards a person of 17 years of age as an adult, the program wants children aged 15 and half or lower.

Education

The facility uses the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) workbook curriculum provided by School of Tomorrow [3]. School of Tomorrow requries that just one person in an entire school be "certified" to use the curriculum. This certification is NOT from any state agency. It is issued by School of Tomorrow. This enables schools to use the curriculum without having any certified teachers by the State.

Consequences

This facility use corporal punishment

That discipline has included paddlings and, in one instance, forcing misbehaving youngsters to stand in piles of manure. According to an article in Jefferson City News-Tribune it is stated:

Charles Sharpe has said such treatment was appropriate, given his unwavering belief that America's youths are falling prey to drugs, sex and violence because public institutions are godless and parents have spared the rod of corporal punishment.
In a interview given in a article on People the founder stated [4]:
"The only thing these kids understand is pain," says Sharpe, 79. "We've created a society where the kids are in charge, and it's causing a complete breakdown." Adds his wife, Laurie, 47, who runs the girls' dormitory: "Swatting [paddling] is biblical. You have to teach a child to live right."

In the News

Around 2001 the state of Missouri started an investigation due to suspicion about child abuse at the facility, where the founder and several staff members were acused. The founder was cleared of child abuse because paddling is not considered abuse [5] [6] [7]

November 2010 a federal jury says the state did not violate anyone's constitutional rights when it raided the facility [1]

External Links

Info Pages

Survivor Group

Message boards

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jury returns verdict in Heartland Christian Academy case, Heartland Connection, November 19, 2010
  2. The area the youth program are located in, Google maps
  3. Accelerated Christian Education
  4. School of Last Resort, by Maria Eftimiades, People Magazine, October 23 2006
  5. Law challenges preacher's principles, but religious development's founder defends ministry to children, By Matt Stearns and Malcolm Garcia, The Kansas City Star, July 28 2001 (Reprint from World Corporal Punishment Research)
  6. Hearing Focuses On Removal Of Students From Christian Academy, By Terry Ganey, Jefferson City Bureau Chief, St Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri, 16 November 2001 (Reprint from World Corporal Punishment Research)
  7. Charges dropped against Christian academy's founder, wife, Jefferson City News-Tribune, Missouri, 25 February 2003 (Reprint from World Corporal Punishment Research)