Film exposes mysterious U.S. school in Central Mountains
New York.- The documentary "Kidnapped by Christ" reveals abuse and mistreatment of dozens of mostly American youngsters and teenagers at the Escuela del Caribe (School of the Caribbean), located at the village Pinar Quemado near in Jarabacoa, but hidden from sight.
Since the late 1970s the school has been shrouded in mystery, including the confirmed escape of some of the boys that were hushed by the local media.
The production, directed by independent filmmaker Kate Logan recently aired on Showtime, is a glimpse into a disturbing world filled with questionable practices and motives.
The documentary also exposes "certain types" of American parents, most of whom profess fundamental Christian beliefs, "to straighten" their undisciplined children, regardless of the methods, though usually illegal in the U.S.
The majority of the children have wealthy parents, who opt to send them to the school and other similar academies with military-type discipline.
Recent reports say the school has already closed its doors and sold the property, and despite that local and national authorities were aware of it, the Education Ministry never investigated.
It is also unknown if the Dominican State, demanded registration to the site, although there are versions that support that do not.
Pinar Quemado villages also knew of the school in, but nobody in Jarabacoa said anything.
Logan said she was a student in an Evangelical University when she began work on the idea of the documentary. "After talking with some students from the Escuela del Caribe in the Dominican Republic, I alarmed by what was happening at that site.”