Video obtained by CBS 6 shows four Christian boarding school workers chasing down and beating the trouble youths they were supposed to be helping.
In the video, which was taken in April, three life coaches and a program director at Abundant Life Academy in Caroline County, Virginia can be seen beating a 14-year-old in their charge. He attempted to run away, but the four employees chased him down and began assaulting him again.
According to The Free Lance-Star, the teen was tackled and then violently restrained because he had been caught “talking to a girl.”
The investigation into abuse at the Christian center began in April, when four teenagers escaped from the facility. When authorities captured them, they claimed that they had fled the facility because of rampant abuse.
The boarding school’s mission, according to its website, is to “equip students and families to live a life of love, acceptance and forgiveness through modeling and training of biblical principles, bridging the gap between parents and children.”
“These children were brought into a situation that supposed to improve their lives with guidance, Christian fellowship and involve their families,” local resident Nina Fogg told CBS 6. “And to find out there’s abuse — that’s not what any child deserves.”
Timothy Jordan, Jovanny Rivera, Carey Honea and Liam Galligan were charged with mob assault and simple assault. The state dropped the mob assault charges in exchange for all four pleading guilty to simple assault.
Galligan is also facing 12 counts of child endangerment for allegedly forcing teenage boys to stand in a swamp for long periods of time.