In South Carolina a so-called therapeutic boarding school named Carolina Springs Academy was closed down about a year ago. They were understaffed and 3 boys ran away. Believing that such cases could impose a risk for the local community the authorities saw no other possible outcome that to suspend the license of this boarding school until the requirements had been made.
The owner did choose not to try to meet the requirement. Instead the boarding school will be reopened as a Christian boarding school, which does not need to be licensed because any religious boarding school can establish itself in South Carolina without answering to anyone.
How can that happen?
Especially after 9/11! Almost every country can produce stories about teenagers who have been sent to religious boarding schools abroad only to return as a person with no ability to function in the society. Some even return ready to die for a cause democratic countries fight in order to avoid a new 9/11.
South Carolina needs to change their laws. Whenever people get teenagers into their care, there should be laws and regulation to answer to. It doesn't matter if you want to run a boarding school with a certain faith or a faith-based curriculum. The law must be equal to everyone regardless of what people want to call a boarding school.
Citizens living near Due West: Call your local politician now. Demand law and order for teenagers living in your community, so they can live protected and not least - You can live protected!!
School of Troubles: Another chance for abandoned boarding school (Independent Mail, Dec. 10, 2010)
Carolina Springs Academy (Fornits Wiki database)
Magnolia Christian School (Fornits Wiki database)
Abbeville school had role in rise and fall of enterprise for serving troubled teens (Independent Mail, Dec. 17, 2010)