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Rapes, Daily Beatings, and No Escape: Christian School Was Hell For These Boys - The Daily Beast
Blue Creek Academy was made up of an old schoolhouse and several cabins
situated on a remote campground in central West Virginia. A mission of
the nearby Independent Fundamental Baptist
church, pastor James Waldeck advertised Blue Creek as an “alternative
to today's degenerate, secular culture and education methods,” and took
in boys who had been in trouble at home—both locally and from as far
away as Texas—to be reformed. Its principal, 35-year-old JR Thompson,
had reopened the church’s campgrounds in 2010, renamed it Blue Creek
Academy, and marketed
the boarding school, which he ran with his wife, Hannah, as a godly
answer for “at-risk” teens with emotional and behavioral disabilities
and Christian parents with $1,000 a month to spend on their salvation.
with a strict Bible-based curriculum, boys at Blue Creek Academy were
allegedly subject to isolation, physical beatings and mistreatment, and
at least two students reported sexual abuse by another student,
according to court documents from a pending civil case
brought against the school by one boy’s guardian; complaints and
reports from West Virginia's Department of Health and Human Resources
obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by The Daily
Beast; and interviews—with a lawyer representing three Blue Creek
Academy students, three other former students, one parent, and the
Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.
at Blue Creek, the boys were cut off completely from the outside world,
former students and their representatives claim. Bunkered in
dilapidated quarters that were infested with rats and mice,
the boys weren’t permitted to speak in public unless it was to sing
hymns for local churches and the elderly. They weren’t taken to the doctor, and their calls home were monitored to intercept any unhappy tidings. When the boys weren’t going to church, doing manual labor, or memorizing Bible verses, they were in a kind of school—seated in desks facing the wall, completing Bible-based academic workbooks for hours.