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Here’s a trailer for a documentary-in-progress called “Kidnapped for Christ,” which tells the stories of children whose evangelical Christian parents pay military-style boarding school to render them to an offshore facility, where they are subject to inhuman treatment in the name of reforming their wicked ways, from “discipline problems” to simply being gay:
The film centers on the story of David, a straight-A student from Colorado who was sent to Escuela Caribe in May of 2006 after coming out to his parents as gay. Like many others, David was taken in the night without warning by a “transport service” and was never told where he was going or when he would be brought back home. While at Escuela Caribe, David had no way of communicating with any of his friends or family back home until the filmmakers arrived and he decided to ask them if they would smuggle out a letter that he had secretly written to his best friend. Once word got back to David’s community about what had happened to him, many people sprung to action and formed a plan to get him released. Getting David out of this school, however, turned out to be a much more difficult task than anyone had thought, and the trials they went through to get David released revealed just how far Escuela Caribe would go to prevent a student from leaving.
David was not the only student whose life was impacted by the school’s severe approach to discipline. The filmmakers followed many other students who also experienced degrading punishments and who struggled to understand what was happening to them. The film also features interviews with former students, including Julia Scheeres, whose 2005 New York Times Best Selling memoir Jesusland tells the story of the disturbing physical and physiological abuse she witnessed and suffered at Escuela Caribe during the 1980s.
The growth of the troubled teen industry, especially therapeutic boarding schools located in the United States and abroad, has given rise to many other allegations of the inhumane treatment of youth and the exploitation of families who are desperately seeking help for their teenagers. The goal of Kidnapped for Christ is to tell the stories of the students at Escuela Caribe and to give them a voice so that they may make people aware of the broader industry of schools like Escuela Caribe and the potential danger they constitute for our youth. We hope that the film will be entertaining, shocking, thought provoking and will ultimately inspire change in the way these types of schools are run and regulated.
You can help us finish the film and advocate for the rights of teenagers who are sent to boarding schools like Escuela Caribe by making a tax-deductible donation to our IndieGoGo Campaign here
Kidnapped for Christ (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Honestly I see things like this, and it really disturbs me, every person has rights as a citizen, and this is the epitome of depriving a person of their individualism. These parents are essentially a cult, sending their adolescent youth to a school that brainwashes the ideas of evangelical Christianity through unorthodox teachings and a militant like lifestyle. I truly do consider this kidnapping, as the children are forced to obey, or they are put through obstacles that are not only mentally challenging, but also physically. It’s things like this that the world should see, and open their eyes, because it truly is denying everything we as a civilization stand for.
the love of my fucking life.
i’m giving away my signed Man Overboard shirt i got for free at PPND.
- good condition. i wore it maybe 3 or 4 times, washed like 2 or 3 times. (signatures are still easy to read)
- this shirt runs as a large but i’ve shrunk it myself a little so it’s like a big medium.
- you MUST be following me (i’ll check.)
- i’m using an online randomizer.
- if this doesn’t get around 50+ reblogs i’ll probably remove the contest and just give it to my friend dalton so check back to my blog to see if it’s still posted.
- i’ll end the contest march 1st. (and hopefully send it out the following saturday.)
- ONLY SENDING TO THE STATES. sorry!
- & i may or may not throw in other goodies. c:
a-r-r-o-w-deactivated20120407 asked: Jordan, I have not spoken to you in forever. I hope all is going well!
I have not seen you in forever either, hope everything is good with you too
I want to be dead with my friends, I want to be dead with my friends.
Wide-eyed, brilliant, dynamic rest.
I want to be dead with my friends.
When the iron sharpens the iron.
I want to be dead with my friends.
A vulgar, loud, unforgettable end.
Let boredom cease the beating of our purple hearts, Against this, even gods fight violently in vain, What chance could we have stood?
We’re the last of the lost, but now we’re the first of the fashionably late.
Loved ones decompose, You’ll dance around their bones Most of us are wholly ghosts.
All of us are wholly ghosts
We made the scene when we made a scene And though it was brief, it meant everything.
Oh what a pity, now they’re bound to make us saints.
Against this, even boys fight violently in vain, What chance could we have stood? We’re the last of the lost, but now we’re the first of the fashionably late.
I refuse to be the only man put to rest in a mass grave. You were all there with me.
Fuck you and stay Hell Fed.
Like my band.
More reasons I hope you burn.