Tell the truth about Mountain Park Baptist Boarding Academy aka bible believer's church of Dandridge, tn. May God have Mercy on your souls I SHALL NOT.

 


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nikki

fuk u

May 6 2009, 11:36 PM 

id rather go y
2 jail u moher fuker

 
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David Fischbach

Still brainwashed or something?

February 24 2010, 2:58 PM 

I have tried jail. I`ve served a year long stretch once. What the hell does jail have to do with Mountain Park? Pointing out that bad things go on at one place does not excuse the other in any way. While there I was swatted plenty, one time bro Sam ripped his belt right offf his waist and beat me with it he was so mad. I was a KID, scared, being brainwashed, isolated, and most sick of all us kids were basically used by the staff to give beatings and disciplinary "activities" to the kids the staff wanted dealt with. If anything you are ignorant. Stop kidding yourself. The way I remember jail was working out hanging with homies, I never had to eat the crappy jail food, cuz with money I was ordering commissary and eating damn good. Sure I had to step and knuckle up when required, but I had more choices, no brainwashing, nobody telling me I was evil. Jail is way harder than the outside world, sure, but so was mountain park. I definately carry a much deeper scar from my time at MP than from jail. And I sure as hell had alot more laughs in Jail.
And I could be myself.

 
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JASON MADDOX

THE SONG

April 1 2010, 5:21 PM 

HELLO I WAS THERE IN 94-95 WE HAD THE SONG TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS ...DO YOU REMEMBER?

 
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Jeb Lessley

The Song

June 8 2010, 12:51 AM 

Hey, I was there when Will got killed and remember Tony and Joe very well I think the other kid was named John, he was picked on a lot, but I don't remember a "song". What are you talking about? What happened to close the place down? I absolutely hated it there. Anyway I am Jeb Lessley the pimple faced kid from Alabama.

 
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Mary Burwell

The only thing that stayed the same at MP was everything always changed

April 12 2005, 1:19 AM 

Mp was always changing the rules of what the did so they could do whatever they wanted to us. They called it discernment. I say it was bullying. I cried every day for the first two months I was there but was never given a baby stool. I was corrected about nearly everything about my body but spiritually they would always tell me I was not a good enough Christian to be an orientation guide or they didn't think I was saved. Mp just did whatever they felt like doing to the kids. They thought God was leading them to be cruel to kids for the kids' sakes to make the kids strong. They were trying to give us information to deal with life but they were very mislead. It's my 22nd birthday. Gotta go.

 
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Erica Riegel

First time looking back

June 4 2009, 5:50 PM 

I was wondering if you remember me?
I went there from 94-95 was wondering if anyone had any info on
a yearbook. I never had anyones info and would like to talk
to someone that went there around that time.

 
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Johnny Anderson

Big Deal!

April 14 2005, 9:48 AM 

If u was sent to this Christian Reform School there was a reason! Get over it, and grow up! Well, parents could deal with their kids, or teens "if the Government would empower them!" They can't even spank their kids without the fear of leaving a mark!!! By the way! Here is a news flash.. A real spanking "hurts!" :)

 
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Mary Burwell

Re: Big Deal!

April 14 2005, 3:09 PM 

Don't you get it Johnny? We are over it- we just don't want that quality of life (or death) inflicted on anyone else.

 
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Loretta Spickelmire

Healing the wounds

August 27 2007, 6:34 PM 

Hi all,
My name is Loretta and I wasn't at MPBA. I was at the Rebekah home in Corpus Christi, TX back in 1985-1986, well actually about midway through they moved us to Belton, MO in the middle of the night because the state intended to come in and take us out of the abuse. I am just logging in here to invite you to join a group for survivors of the roloff homes. These homes have been abusing people since the 60's. If you are looking for a place to come and find understanding, the group is on yahoo groups and is called Roloff Survivors Healing Network. If you would like a personal invite you can write me an email, and I will send you the invitation. This is not a group for Roloff supporters, because denial is not condusive to healing. You are welcome to come for healing, free of judgement. We will believe and support you.

Sincerely,
Loretta (Lorri)

 
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nikki

please help

May 6 2009, 11:45 PM 

please email me is been 20 yrs im still having nitemares ivenever had councelling i need help please help me

 
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Hilde Lynn

Help can be found

June 5 2009, 1:34 AM 

Hi Nikki,
I had nightmares for nine years more or less. I still have some but they have lessened through the years. I was diagnosed with post traumatic syndrome last year by a doctor after recounting my situation, what happened to me after wards, and much of the self destructive behavior that I exhibited after it all. I have learned to deal with much of it. If you ever want to talk just send me an email or respond to this message. There are many great people out there that have been through exactly what you have been through and will understand. Sometimes, for me, its just knowing that someone else cares and listens without judgment to your feelings.
If you do not feel comfortable talking to me about it, I really recommend you talk to someone that went to the school with you or someone that went before. It really helps to talk to former students.
Goodluck and take care
You arent there and they CAN NEVER HURT YOU AGAIN

 
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Sherri

Calling your bluff. Is it just for attention?

October 3 2007, 11:31 PM 

I was a student at mountain park from 1994 to 1997. I was there when Anthony killed Will. That was horrible but by no means the fault of the school; kids get killed in schools everywhere unfortunately. Will's mother actually thanked Mountain Park for the change she saw in her son prior to his death. I know Mountain park changed my life for the better and many other peoples too. You may not always agree with their methods, but I never saw a child abused. We were told we were loved, not only by the staff but by an Almighty God. The Bible says Christians will be persecuted for their faith and that is what is happening here to Brother and Mrs. Wills. Many of the kids that were there when I was there were court ordered or would have otherwise been on the street. Mountain Park gave us another chance to redeem our lives. We were the kids no one wanted to touch, too far gone to be helped. I had been even kicked out of the PA state foster care system after being kicked out of countless foster homes and not cooperating with group home type places. My Mother was told she had 2 weeks to find an approved place for me to go or I would be behind bars. I wasn't in school, involved in thefts, etc. At Mountain park I not only caught up to my grade level but I surpassed it and graduated early when I returned home. I love Mama and Papa Wills and Brother Sam and Miss Debbie, Miss Amy, Miss Michele and Miss Kim. Btw, We called them Mama and Papa becasue we were treated like family, not because as someone has once said "we were forced to". I wish this school still existed, some of my best friendships were formed here and I still keep in touch with "my girls". They are also thankful for the role Mt. Park played in their lives. Please be honest about where you were, what you were like when you ended up at Mountain Park and the fact the some peoples hearts are too hard for a helping hand to melt, some people insist on biting the hand that feed them. If this is you, that's fine, but you dont need to lie about good people.

 
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Stacy

Denial

January 26 2008, 2:16 AM 

Whoever wrote the last post is in denial. What MP did you go to because it wasn't were the rest of us were. We were not treated like family! We were not loved! Face the reality of what was.

 
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Aimee

thieves

January 30 2008, 3:38 AM 

They stole our lives and our money. Hell most of us were kids. Believe me they got cussedout many times by me. They are living for themselves no one else and the mighty dollar. Im glad they finally got shut down and left.

 
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sadie alderson

my story

February 9 2010, 7:43 AM 

Its me Sadie i hope everybody remembers me!I went to Mountain Park from 1993-1996.I was there when there was only 90 girls and when Will died i stood outside the court house giving my testimony and asking not to close the school.My father showed up later that day and took me home after 3 years.I was a 13 girl who had no where to go and needed HELP.I became a christian there,i learned how to be a lady,and i learned to love God,and i learned to love my family again.It planted a seed in me that has made me who i am today.I have made my mistakes in life,but God is still with me.I loved Mrs.Wills she always talked to me when i had troubles.They lived for God and they tried to do their best to help others.I believe that no one is perfect and i have no place to judge anyone.I feel bad for the things i have read about the girls who feel so differently than i do.I have good memories up until Will died that was hard for me.After i came home my dad shot himself in the head six months after i came home and i lost all my friends from mountain park my struggels did not stop.But im 30 now going to school to be an estatician i also have 2 son's and i'm a strong women and i just started going to church again after 10 years if you have any questions or want to say hi email me at sadiealderson@yahoo.com

 
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sadie alderson

my story

February 9 2010, 7:46 AM 

Its me Sadie i hope everybody remembers me!I went to Mountain Park from 1993-1996.I was there when there was only 90 girls and when Will died i stood outside the court house giving my testimony and asking not to close the school.My father showed up later that day and took me home after 3 years.I was a 13 girl who had no where to go and needed HELP.I became a christian there,i learned how to be a lady,and i learned to love God,and i learned to love my family again.It planted a seed in me that has made me who i am today.I have made my mistakes in life,but God is still with me.I loved Mrs.Wills she always talked to me when i had troubles.They lived for God and they tried to do their best to help others.I believe that no one is perfect and i have no place to judge anyone.I feel bad for the things i have read about the girls who feel so differently than i do.I have good memories up until Will died that was hard for me.After i came home my dad shot himself in the head six months after i came home and i lost all my friends from mountain park my struggels did not stop.But im 30 now going to school to be an estatician i also have 2 son's and i'm a strong women and i just started going to church again after 10 years if you have any questions or want to say hi email me at sadiealderson@yahoo.com

 
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Mary Cameron'

Re: Calling your bluff. Is it just for attention?

July 17 2017, 4:29 AM 

I'm glad that you somehow never saw or experienced anything but it was obviously because you chose to turn a blind eye. I saw things and experienced things that I will never forget. Things that scared me deeply and have caused serious issues in future relationships etc. I don't believe for a second in the time period you were there that you never witnessed anything.

 
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Hilde Lynn

Something that scares me

June 5 2009, 2:06 AM 

I have spent so much time reflecting over the Gerhardts and Wills. This by no means is a justification for their behavior, but I believe that THEY BELIEVE that they did no wrong. I do not think they could have continued this kind of abuse for as long as they did.
This is where my distaste for Christianity comes into play. They twisted and used Christianity for something so irreversibly painful and destructive. I question, what came first, the chicken or the egg? Which was the more evil perpetrator? The religion or the it's interpretors?
Who can be blamed for this? Fundamental Christianity is poison on this earth. Its closed minded. Its old fashioned. It demands ignorant blind faith. It is a regression in the progress of humanity.
The Wills and the Gerhardts did make an outrageous amount of money off of their ministry, so maybe it was the greed and not the religion...but if it wasn't the religion, then I would say they were all damn good actors. I speculate that it was the combination of hilly-billy inbreeding and a faulty religion that resulted in such a horrible institution.
I just slandered JESUS, the Gerhardts, and the Wills in under 200 words and I feel pretty good, so I am going to stop there for now.
Thoughts?

 
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TLEE

over 6 years in and 10 years later

February 11 2010, 3:23 PM 

Ok so many of you guys might know me, know about me, or not know me at all. I haven't jumped on this band wagon for a while just because....

I was sent there when I was about 10 years old and about to turn 11. My parents really didn't have time to raise me the right way because they worked a lot to give me and my brother things that we didn't have. I kind of became out of control for them at age 10. I didn't do anything like rob stores or anything that some people got sent there for. I just didn't listen to my parents like most normal kids. I was there for just over 6 years and was one of the more "trusted" girls. I have to say I had fun while I was there. There some things that I questioned about stuffed that happened, but I was a kid and that was all that I knew.

I have to say that my experience there for better or for worse has molded me into the person I am today. I loved living with the girls. I guess growing up with girls that were older than me definitely made me mature a little faster than most other people. When I was 18 and left MP, I looked at myself and those peers around me and found that I saw life in a different light. I was behind on the music, movies, and trends. I didn't cuss and was difinitely not in the in crowd. I didn't know much about sex. I thought sleeping in the same bed with a guy was wrong. But there was one thing that MP equipped me with. That was responsibility and maturity. I am not saying that the staff there did it. It was probably I got to live with some of the best friends that I still talk to once in a while.

There are things that I definitely appreciate MP for and there are things I am angry at MP for. If it wasn't for MP, I wouldn't have the upbringing that I did have. My parents were always too busy to really care. I mean I know they cared but they were too busy working all the time. I am not sure where I would be right now and how I would have turned out if there wasn't someone there that took the time to raise me and make sure that I learned. I appreciate even the religious side of it. MP made me challenge ways of belief. I don't believe right now the way that MP had wanted us to believe, but I believe in a God and I was able to find for myself what I believe in and not just what I was told to believe. I learned to search and not just say I believe because someone else told me this is right and this is wrong. However, I am angry about the shelter life they gave me. I wish I was able to know more about the world and not just told that the world was bad. My parents and I's relationship has fallen apart too. One because I barely ever got to talk to them except once a week and most of the time they failed to call me even that much. I only got to see them once a year even though I was given the opportunity to see them twice. I am angry at MP at this point because I see them as a direct contribution to my parents and I's relationship falling apart. My parents and I haven't talked to each other in almost 10 years and I haven't seen them in almost 10 years. After all, they gave me up at 10 years of age and decided to let someone else raise me. I joined the military almost right after MP because I had always wanted to join the military. MP gave me the dicispline that I needed though to obey those in authority and get me through the training including airborne school.

I want to also take the time to apologize. I was a junior staff without the title. I was trusted. I was asked to do a lot of things that now as I look back I know were pretty questionable. The first year I was there I was spanked with a board a few times. As I grew up, I held people down for cold showers and made to drag someone around a field. I thought those where discipline measure that were by the "bible". I feel bad and think about it quite often. There are to this day I feel bad about participating in those events because I thought those things were right. I grew up there and just like people don't really question their paretns; I never questioned my actions.

10 years later... I have graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from a great University and am shooting for my masters as a Physician Assistant. I am out of the military now and am gay. However, I do have a few of the same beliefs that MP taught me like there is a God. However, I describe myself as a well balance part of society. I am not a religous person, but I believe that I do have someone to answer to for my actions. I am gay and love being gay. I work a pretty good job in a car dealership.

10 years later... it has taken me this long to actually physically get on one of these sites to tell a short story about what was my experience at MP and PL. To this day, my girlfriend, best friend/roommate, and those working with me don't know about MP. The only ties I still have is those great girls that I went to MP with that still email me through facebook and myspace.

A lot of you guys see MP in one way or the other. You either really hate MP or you really like MP. I think one way or the other MP had a way to shape our lives. I am not sure if I should hate MP all the way or like MP all the way. However, I have learned that everything that happens shape who we are today. Whether we like who we are or we don't like who we are, we all have a goal and we all are as the old saying goes "trying to get to the center of town." No matter how we get there;it just matters that we do. There are things that I am pissed off about growing up there, but I have learned to take it and move on. I can't change anything in the past. Again, I am just trying to get to the center of town.

 
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Natalie

perspective

June 13 2010, 2:33 AM 

I have to admit that the posts I have read today are for the most part disturbing. I wish I knew more about the context and prspective of the people posting. What I do know is that my sister would likely be dead if not for this intervention and MP. The only time that she and I could have a conversation and be in the same room for more than 15 minutes was during her years there. While she reported that it was tough at MP never did i hear about abuse. I personally opposed to organized religion and my relationship with god is very personal and on my terms.That being said as a mother if my son headed down the path of my younger sibling places like MP would be something I would consider. I would be willing to try the most extreme and drastic measures to save my child from himself. Again that being said there are boundaries that people cannot cross with children. Humiliation is not an effective form of discipline neither is violence. please be clear that I advocate DISCIPLINE which means to teach not PUNISHMENT. I ache for those of you who were wounded and feel that MP poured salt on those wounds but I feel my sibling was not there long enough. Had she stayed til she was 18 maybe her kids would have a better shot at a life than she and I did, maybe she would have the coping skills needed to break the cycle. You live what you know until you learn different.

 
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