Near Virgin in Utah a boot camp styled facility named Liahona Academy is located. According to photos the boy’s heads are shaved. It is modeled as a place for punishment and nothing good can emerge from a stay in this program. In the public the facility is only known because a boy died there in 2010. A boy who might been able to live the last few of his months hanging out with his friends and partying but was robbed of this opportunity due to his placement at Liahona Academy. Based on interviews of his friends we learned of a young man with appetite on life. Sad to imagine that he wasn’t allowed to live what was left of his life in freedom among his friends.
Years of research has proven that the worst thing you can do with an issue is to confront it. Instead nursing, coaching and encouragement based on respect of the social heritage will contribute to a balanced motivation for life. There is no such thing as underachievement. Children become what they are born to become based on the experiences of both birthparents.
When one parent is withheld from the child the child is not getting all the stimulus the child needs to be a complete human being. Even the most poorly educated therapist will know that. It doesn’t matter if this parent is in agreement with the treatment plan or not. Whatever progress achieved in the program will be destroyed once the child reemerge in the society again because the day comes where the child turns 18 and doesn’t have to respect any visitation plan or any custodial agreement made in court.
In a case we got notice of therapist Brian Parker who had aided a father in hiding his son at Liahona Academy out of reach from his mother. Of course the mother hope that her son somehow would escape the prison Liahona is designed as with it walls all around the facility located in a deserted area but because it is designed as a prison it was not possible. More than a year the mother didn’t have any communication with her son. In Utah custodial agreements in other states are not respected.
Because this therapist seems to have broken one of the elementary rules in this case we can only urge people to refrain from obtaining his services. We have asked some of the organizations we work with to investigate Liahona Academy.
We are not saying that Liahona Academy killed the boy we mentioned in the start but as a parent think about that you never know when life - your own or your childs - is over. Be with them as much as possible.
Taylor Mangham (15) died from complications of a brain aneurysm (Mydeathspace)