Midwest Academy Closed by Authorities

February 5, 2016

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Midwest Academy Closed By Authorities

Image Credit: WGEM TV, Iowa

Midwest Academy has been closed Friday after authorities raided the school in Keokuk, Iowa and a related site in nearby Montrose, while investigating into alleged sexual abuse of children at the school by staff. According to local TV station KHQA, authorities ordered the school closed and began contacting parents to come pick up their children. Parents were reportedly given 24 hours to collect their children or risk having them placed into foster care.

In the meantime, the investigating agencies are appealing to the public for any information. In an interview with KHQA reporter Michael Polarchy, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Gabriel Poling stated,”Perhaps you thought about calling but you thought your information wasn’t important enough, we want to hear from you.” Anyone with any information about sexual abuse or any other form of abuse occurring at the school is encouraged to contact Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations Special Agent Richard Rahn to call 800-225-5324.

No charges have been filed or arrests made at this time, but officials emphasized that the investigation is continuing and is being taken very seriously by the officers and agents involved. Iowa DCI Special Agent Rahn pointed out that evidence was collected in the Thursday searches and added, “Those items are going to be analyzed by experts to conclude our DCI criminalistics laboratory as well as our ICAC unit which is the internet crimes against children.”

There is no word on whether the closure is permanent. A change.org petition started by supporters of the school to pressure the authorities to drop the investigation received lackluster support, while a petition in support of the investigation and closure quickly received over twice as many signatures. A Gofundme page was also set up soliciting donations “help MWA overcome these obstacles”, but was quickly shut down by the site after being repeatedly reported for violating the site’s terms of service, which were recently changed to prohibit funds from being used in the legal defense of those accused of criminal acts.

As this story develops, we will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Read more about Midwest Academy here.

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About Bill Boyles

Bill Boyles is from Orlando, FL. At 14, he was forcibly escorted to WWASP's Brightway Adolescent Hospital in St. George, UT, where he stayed briefly before being sent to another WWASP facility, Paradise Cove in Western Samoa. After spending 22 months in Paradise Cove, he was transferred to yet another WWASP program, Casa By The Sea in Ensenada, Mexico. He spent 8 more months in Casa By The Sea before graduating days before his 17th birthday. He firmly believes all WWASP programs are abusive and that they all need to be shut down.

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10 Responses to “Midwest Academy Closed by Authorities”

  1. Elizabeth Davis Says:

    As an American citizen it states in The Human Declaration of Human rights in Article 19 the following,” Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” So I would like to express my opinion very amenably about a very concerning issue.
    January 28, 2016 right about lunch time, I had just opened my ice-cream and was enjoying a delicious lunch when the FBI stormed into the MWA facility insisting that we all must line up and be enclosed in a secluded room. As a junior staff and almost at the uppermost level in the program, I regarded my staff confused but they had no idea what was going on either. I helped get the girls to the gym where everyone in the school was being detained, staff, teachers, students, everyone. We were all told no one was allowed to leave the building or even go to the bathroom without an FBI agent or sheriff officer. Police agents were stationed everywhere, in front of doors, in the front hallway, there was even a sheriff car parked outside at the beginning of the drive way blocking access in or out. This is the origin of my first apprehension for this distrustful situation. I would like to point out that the third amendment states,” No soldier, in time of peace may be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war but a manner to be prescribed by law.” Let’s look at the definition of quartered, “To be stationed or lodged in a specific place. “ As a student currently enrolled there, I am an eye-witness to many ‘soldiers’ stationed there in a time of peace, lunch time to be exact, in which they produced nothing but chaos and anxiety. And yes, this a private facility unto which many, including myself calls home.
    The fourth Amendment states,” The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” When the FBI and CID started the unreasonable search and detainment of all employees, students and teachers into the gym, I asked the Administration of MWA what the law enforcement officer’s ‘probable cause’ was for issuing a search warrant. The Admin of MWA relayed to me that the FBI consultants and officials refused to share any information with the school, even when asked for a ‘probable cause’. So I asked an FBI agent personally, and he voiced that the probable cause was based on an accusation made by a former student of sexual abuse. An accusation bears no evidence; it is simply the words from a formers pupil’s mouth. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Why was a search warrant issued, the school cross-examined, and individuals detained and forced to be evacuated? According to The Universal Declaration of human rights, article 11,” Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense. (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.” So why were such drastic measures taken to vacate the school? What right did they have to treat the facility as offenders when not established guilty?
    To ensure safety at the facility we have a structured environment to maintain care and consolation for all the students. Each regulation serves a purpose, and when we were all ordered to obey the police official’s directions, they instructed us to break rules of the MWA facility. One example of this is they made adults and minors use the bathroom together. At the facility safety is a huge priority and because of past false accusations, it is a rule that a person 18 or older may never be alone with a minor, be in a closed room with them, look into a bathroom with minors in it, or be in the bathroom with them. These guidelines were always followed until directed otherwise by the FBI agents in whom I felt were compromising our safety. I would also like to point out that, according to the Youth Rights and Responsibilities handbook of Iowa (on page 8) it clearly states,” As always, you have the right to remain silent and it may be wise to exercise it. Court tests have determined that since parents have given children over to school authorities solely for the purpose of education, they may not use school facilities for conducting police department business and have no right to make students available for such purposes. If you are called out to talk to the police, you may ask to call your parents and/or an attorney. It is your option to talk to the police, but you do not have to say anything until advised to do so by your attorney. These are your rights.” So my question is then if it clearly states that it is against our rights to turn our school into a place of questioning, how come students were questioned there? Why I was interrogated in our school library? On page 10 of the Youths Rights and Responsibilities handbook it states, “If you or someone else feels that there are problems going on in your home which are harmful to your mental or physical health or wellbeing, the Juvenile Court can hold a hearing to decide if something should be done such as providing you with a different place to live, counseling, etc.” So a hearing may take place… According to google the definition of a hearing is an act of listening to evidence in a court of law or before an official, especially a trial before a judge without a jury. Acronyms include trial, court case, etc. So why instead of a hearing were our parents forced to remove us from the facility with the threat of being put into foster care if not removed within 24 hours?
    I cannot tell you how many students came to me fearful, and in tears. While we were all being contained in the gymnasium another girl got very claustrophobic and anxious and after much manipulation to the FBI officials done on my part, they allowed us to walk down and back across the gym. For the first time in my life I saw a real FBI agent, bullet proof vest, Taser, and gun. The distress and apprehension those officials imposed upon the students, employees and teachers were by far unacceptable. Although, my biggest concern is of those students who had nowhere to go, who had already turned 18 and were not welcomed home by their parents, lived in abusive households, etc. I had one very close friend whose parents lived in another country! And now here we are, in the dark, left with no answers…
    So many students were wrongfully taken out of a safe, healthy, stable, and loving environment. And to everyone that I never got a chance to help, I am so sorry, but the wisdom that MWA has presented us will always remain true like whispered blessings at just the right moments. Midwest Academy saved my life, my family relationships, helped me discover who I really am and my purpose in life, and to overcome so many addictions and non-working patterns. And just as MWA has taught us to refuse to settle for mediocrity in our lives, I refuse to settle for the unjust actions that have been implemented upon Midwest Academy, my second home.
    -Elizabeth Davis Former student of Midwest Academy


  2. N/A Says:

    I went to mwa… I’m happy this place was shut down.. I had to talk to the kids who tried to kill them selfs


  3. Elizabeth Says:

    Wow… Look at that even a month later my comment is still not posted… Not sketchy at all


  4. BlueDream Says:

    Thank God.. I prayed for this… 15 months in that hell hole


    • Brendan Lynch Says:

      Finally one of the last schools in the wwasp conglomerate to go… We just have one more and it sits on the site of the old brightest adolescent hospital, believe it’s still called majestic ranch? Takes kids as young as 7… God help those children… From what I’ve read and researched the owners have no ties to the litchfield organization BUT they are paying him for the property monthly and also paying browning (owned by that scum bag Ken Kay) for there schooling materials. And as well as resources revitalization or whatever they are calling themselves. There is now a school on the old CCM campus with a HUGE disclaimer stating they have no affiliation with the previous school… No reason to put that if you have nothing to worry!? As well as the school on the old south Carolina program that from what I understand is still funneling children to the Costa Rica program openly owned by narvin and I just had to add that scum bags name to my dictionary lmao they are making a come back, slowly and this time they won’t affiliate all the schools together but all the signs are there, all go through browning for schooling, and resource revitalization (IDK the new name) but they slowly are slithering back in I look every single day for new programs owned through all of litchfields LLCs and other known affiliates….


  5. mark taha Says:

    Didn’t realise WWASP still around. I read about these places many years ago and regard the people who run them as evil.They should be jailed in similar conditions to those they inflicted on the kids.


  6. N/A Says:

    I went to a program also run by World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools called red river academy changed to USyouth services and it was just as bad as this program. Male students were also sexually active with each other and that was never reported like it should have been. Then their was also a time when their was a chaperone and a student hocking up with each other and that also was never reported to the police. Then a student was raped and that staff member went to jail. His name was Mathew Michel Guy and he went to prison. Their were also times where staff injured students and medications were never given out. And their are 4 lawsuits against the school but their are still open. It just amazes me that it is still open when this program shut down for those same reasons basically.


  7. Graduate Says:

    I graduated from this hell hole. I hope he looses everything! Horrible place to send your kids! 100% guilty of false inprisonement!


  8. Derek Says:

    I’m glad to see this place closed 13 months 12 hours and 36 mins I will never for get the amount of time spent here and I hope he gets exactly what he deserves


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