Published Online:

Reporting the 'Culmination' Of the Investigation Into Juvenile Homes in Texas

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments


To the Editor:

Your article, "Students Claim Abuse, Brainwashing in School" (March 17), on an incident that may besmirch the heretofore commendable record of the Bethesda Home for Girls notes that the institution in question is "affiliated with a network of Christian homes for which a Texas evangelist named Lester Roloff serves as advisor." According to the writer: "Mr. Roloff's three juvenile homes in Texas were closed in 1979 after a six-year court battle when he refused to submit the homes to state licensing laws."

While I realize that a news story is not intended to be a scholarly treatise covering every detail of an issue, I think the culminating event of this "battle" should have been mentioned. In District Court in Austin last April, Roloff and his church's homes were vindicated after being scrutinized to an extent seldom experienced by public officials and agencies. As the presiding judge commented: "If all the homes were run like Lester Roloff's homes, there would be no need for state rules and regulations."


James C. Carper Assistant Professor of Foundations of Education Mississippi State University

Web Only

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented