When I first posted our story of Deception, Misrepresentation and Fraud it was almost immediately I was sued by them in a an attempt to silence me – and get my story removed. What they didn’t expect was for me to fight back.
After defeating them in a jury trial of their peers in Salt Lake City, Utah, (let’s face it) no one condones child abuse, my story is still online.
Since then, thankfully, Carolina Springs Academy attempted a name change to Magnolia Christian Academy, and shortly after that closed their doors. However WWASPS still continues in several other branches such as Red River Academy in Louisiana, Cross Creek in Utah, Horizon’s Academy in Utah and the newly River View also in La Verkin Utah.
Though I did win that trial – WWASPS and their sales reps continue to tell parents I am disgruntled parent – or I own or manage other teen help programs. I don’t. I help educate parents so what happened to me doesn’t happen to them.
After they lost their appeal to attempt to say the jury made a mistake, I went through a time of awful Internet defamation. It seem that a group of people decided to slander and libel me online – and it got to a point where it effected my life, my family and my organization that had literally helped thousands of families with at-risk teens. It left me with no option but to sue the people/person we could identify through the Internet for Internet defamation and invasion of privacy.
With that lawsuit, I again, in a jury trial, won over $11.3M jury verdict for damage done to me. During depositions it was discovered that WWASPS was indirectly involved with this person and actually referred her to the attorneys she was using. And at one point WWASPS was receiving the bills for her legal fees.
This trial was back in 2006. Today in 2012, I hold no grudges over this person – I actually only wish her well. We all have moved on in our lives. My only grudge is with the people that harmed my daughter and that, in my opinion, continue to defraud and possibly harm (at least emotionally) families and kids today.
There are many excellent programs in our country. I don’t tell parents where to go – I just hope they do their due diligence. If your gut is telling you there is something not right – chances are very good – your gut is right!
Be an educated parent – you will make a better decision for your teen.
Helpful tips for finding teen help programs – click here.