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August 02, 2005

Abounding Grace School For Child Abuse

You know, it's a shame that a girl or boy, who just needs a little discipline, you know, a little spanking here, a love whack there, or an occasional compassionate flogging can't find an educational institute that provides this kind of service without going overboard.

The folks at Abounding Grace School For Boys have been accused of making boys eat their own vomit, holding them down and paddling them up to 200 times and not allowing them to use the potty for several hours, and then if they soil themselves, were not allowed to clean themselves up.

Discipline should always be done in a very kindly and loving manner. Sure, sometimes a girl has been really bad, and just needs to be taught a thing or two. She needs this kind of treatment. Boy, does she ever need it...
uh, Ahem.

But being forced to eat your own vomit. Come on now! That's just gross. And it so detracts from the purity of the truly benevolent spanking experience.

via Jesus' General


  • At August 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anyone that has had the misfortune to have suffered abuse at the hands of Stan and Leigh Mitchell are urged to call Detective Pregel at the Davidson County Sheriff's office at 336-242-2121 or 1-800-222-8131.

    Thank you and know that you are being prayed for.

    In love and kindness,
    One of the mothers of an abused one

  • At September 01, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Copied from WS Journal 8/31/05 edition

    Man, wife who ran school get 1 more count of abuse

    LEXINGTON - The couple who ran a private school for boys in Davidson County were indicted yesterday on one additional charge each of felony child abuse.

    Earl Stanley Mitchell, 44, was indicted last month on two counts of child abuse, and his wife, Lucinda Mitchell, 36, was indicted on one count.

    A grand jury handed down the additional charges yesterday, according to the Davidson County clerk of court.

    The Mitchells ran a school called Abounding Grace School for Boys on N.C. 150. The school closed in July 2004 after Earl Mitchell was charged with a misdemeanor that was later dropped.

    The Mitchells' next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 3.

  • At December 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Newest court date is February 4, 2006.

  • At January 23, 2007, Anonymous charley Garcia said…

    My son went to that school and unfortunately, was abused as well. I volunteered my time for six months there after my son did his 18 months. To my utter shock, I saw and heard things that were in fact abuse. I want to testify to that effect that these people are horrible and abusive, manipulative, and money hoarders. They sold a house that was donated to them only to keep over $300,000.00 tell me that isn't unjust! Some one needs to take these people and treat them the same way they treat people. Oh, the boy who got 200 spankings was Timmy from N.Y. I was a witness to that. He ran into the bathroom and slid in after the first 50. Anyone who wants to challenge my knowledge on these so called Christians... feel free to contact me at:

  • At May 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Below you will find the most recent article regarding the outcome of Stan and Leigh Mitchell's abuse at Abounding Grace School for Boys.

    April 09. 2008 9:00AM

    Former Christian school leaders receive probation

    The Dispatch

    The former proprietors of a Christian boys' school accused of child abuse have signed a deferred prosecution agreement, bringing an end to a lengthy investigation process.

    Earl Stanley Mitchell and Lucinda Mitchell, who ran the Abounding Grace School for Boys in Arcadia, will complete an 18-month supervised probation and a five-year unsupervised probation in lieu of active sentences.

    District Attorney Garry Frank said the agreement was the best option "based on an evaluation of all the evidence and all the possibilities that might result from a jury trial."

    During that time, they will be subject to a number of restrictions. The Mitchells will be prohibited from teaching or supervising a child under 18 in a residential setting; being employed by or volunteering in a facility where they would supervise or teach a person under the age of 18; or teaching or supervising anyone under age 18 in an educational nonresidential setting, unless pre-approved by the officials in charge of those activities.

    The Mitchells signed the agreement Monday.

    If either of the Mitchells violates the terms, Frank said, prosecution would move forward. Lucinda Mitchell would face two felony child abuse charges, and Earl Stanley Mitchell would face three felony child abuse counts. Each charge carries a maximum term of 98 months, or about 8 years, in prison.

    Those charges stem from complaints filed against the couple in 2004 alleging abuse at Abounding Grace. Accusers said students at the school were paddled excessively and denied regular bathroom use, among other abuses.

    The Mitchells have repeatedly denied those charges in the past.

    Glen Baity can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 227, or

  • At October 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am also a mother of one of the boys from the home. I and my son have and always will support the Mitchell's. They were dealing with some of the worst kinds of kids. Hello - that's why they were there in the first place. The one being notorious for lying started the whole ordeal. My son explained all the comments made about the Mitchells and what had happened on all the charges. Seems to me you need to look at those who are speaking against them and their reputation.

    Christy Moore

  • At December 03, 2008, Anonymous boys school said…

    Some Boys Christian schools give admission to the troubled students and also educate them along with the treatment. Teachers of these schools give Christian counseling and religious knowledge to the students.

  • At April 25, 2009, Blogger Derrick said…

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  • At April 25, 2009, Blogger Derrick said…

    Well anonymous, I attended the school, I can tell you that the abounding grace school is no place to raise a child. I was not the worst kind of kid like you say in your post. I never got into fights,or did drugs, and was a very quiet kid just trying to stay out of trouble. Even now I have no criminal record, I served my country in the Army and got out with a good conduct medal. My mother introduced me to the school because I was getting bad grades. She gave me a choice to go or not. Stan Mitchel told my Mother that with their home schooling techniques they would get my grades up and maybe I could even skip a grade. Also me being like 13 and seeing the bikes toys the kids had was appealing. Me and my mother liked the idea so I decided to go. Not knowing I would be cleaning office buildings at 1 and 2 in the morning to make them money and be called a n*gg*r or as Stan Mitchell would say a n*gg*r slob and then follow up by saying im not racist cause n*gg*r means ignorant. Oh yeah did I mention the trees they had me chopping day and night non stop by myself for punishment on top of paddling, I was only 13. The day my mother came to get me, Stan told me I would never be anything in life. Im a music producer now and also a OIF veteran, guess he was wrong.

  • At February 21, 2011, Blogger jason said…

    I also stayed in this home,I was fortunate enough to see it for the scam that it was,and get the He&# out of there by purposefully undermining the Mitchell's corrupt program every chance I could.I luckily was able to defend myself and make their attempts to paddle me not very successful.These people are NOTHING but con artists,they paraded us around from church to church,like a bunch of zombies,then I would WATCH them count the money offering in the van on the way home,bragging about how much money they got,and how they get the most money whenever one of us cries on stage.I personally witnessed acts of boys being ordered to eat their vomit,only when I was there,I intervened every chance I could.I made it so hard for the Mitchell's to operate that I was sent home.Only now I feel like I abandoned the other children that were there,I was only 12 at the time,I wish I had known then that I was witnessing CRIMES and not just bad people.

  • At February 21, 2011, Blogger jason said…

    Also,the Mitchell's DID have a half million dollar home DONATED to them so they could operate out of,then when that church lost its pastor to another large church (money move) they sold that house at 100k below market value,so they could pocket over 300k in CASH...and mvoed to another facility ENTIRELY provided by another church.Mrs.Mitchell CONSTANTLY bought extravagant items for her family,they had TWO big screens,and when meal time came around,WITHOUT exagerration,they would eat steak,while we ate chicken tenders and box mac n cheese.

  • At April 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    where are the Mitchells now?

  • At April 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Although I was not a part of this scandal, I will tell you that I am so glad Stan got what was coming to him. He was part of a very bad dealing with another preacher who tried to take over another church. You guys do not realize how bad this person was and he wasn't the only one. I can honestly say that what comes around goes around. Praise God! P.S. I was a part of the other church.

  • At April 27, 2011, Blogger Derrick said…

    Did they lock him up?

  • At May 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What's sad is are they moving on from Church to Church causing problems? And what did he get coming to him.. NO time served, he did not get anything.... They have moved and are now in another Church having that pastor believe he is the greatest thing and works with kids in the teens and nursery and sunday school class. I thought they are on probation? How can they teach a class? They are working with kids... What did he get coming to him.. nothing...

  • At August 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Does anyone know what church Stan Mitchell is in now and what town? My nephew was severely abused by him and I want to be sure Mitchell isn't allowed to work with children without the parents at least knowing what he was accused of. If we had known this man's past, maybe we could have gotten my nephew out before it was too late.

  • At October 10, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It does not matter what Church or town... God knows where they are at. He will take care of them. Besides, I am sure they will only tell people what they want them to hear. If you are a beliver, just pray. God is in control, we might not see things here on earth, but He will take care of them if they truly haved sinned. Yes I agree, if we might have known the past, things would be different, but people do change, people can change if their heart is right. Their sins will find them out. If he truly is a man of God, the Mitchells will do the right thing.

  • At April 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My Name is Eric Bishop SPC US Army 278th Cavalry regiment and I would like to tell everyone that despite the atrocities that they committed to myself and other boys in the name of our lord and savior is a crying shame I am currently in the process of seeking legal justification for every penny that these individuals were paid. For further information you may contact me at or at 865 206 7650 again my name is Eric Bishop


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