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Kidnapped for Christ: Sending Kids To Offshore Militarized Camps

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

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Added: Feb-15-2012 
By: Nurb
Tags: christian, camps, evangelical, fundie, fundamentallist, kidnapped, christ, jesus, taliban
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