Veteran Adoptive Parent, Christine Minich explains the Issues with Older Adoptive Children and how to overcome them. What she recommends is almost the polar opposite of the Recipe For Disaster in my last post.
Christine Minich takes a look at The Pearls’ Teachings in:
The Disturbing World of The Pearls in which she looks at Doublespeak and Definitions as well as some examples of his abusive teachings.
and The Disturbing World of The Pearls Part 2 in which she takes a look at their heretical Theology.
Also, TulipGirl tries to shed some light on the underlying philosophy of the Pearls’ Teachings with On The Pearls And Parenting, Once Again.
The Toronto Sun has an article about the Pearls’ Teachings in Was child abused to death due to advice from book?
Missizzy posted a Recipe For Disaster on the Websleuths.com message board which explains what happened to Lydia and Hanna. You might be interested in the rest of the conversation, it is really quite interesting. I hope it is ok for me to link to this. If anyone objects, please email me at email@example.com and I will remove this entire paragraph.
I also thought I’d mention this post from Civil Thoughts about Adoption Education because that is so important.
Here are some reactions to the “Hana Williams” story from around the internet. All of these links consider the link between To Train Up A Child and Hanna’s death.
Note: I just found out from a friend of her’s from Ethiopia that her real name is Hanna Beck. eta: word from Ethiopia is that her real name is Hana Alemu.
The Short Life of Hana Williams by chucklestravels
Did the Disturbing Philosophy of To Train Up a Child Lead to Hana Williams’ Death? by J. Bryan Lowder on Slate.com
Hana Grace Williams, 1997 – 2011 by Tulipgirl who makes a very good case as to how the Pearls’ emphasis on “defeating totally” a “rebellious” child had a lot to do with how the Williams managed to turn the Pearls’ teachings into an instrument of death.
Controversial book part of adopted girl’s murder investigation from Religion News Blog
Extreme Discipline Book Connected to Adoptees’ Deaths from Adoption Talk
Obviously, I’ve been away for awhile by Down To Earth Woman
Rally has been archiving this entire story in his How Could You? Hall of Shame. This is a clear and concise timeline of sorts with many links. It also contains some details I had not heard elsewhere.
And here is a news story which, while old news, seems to contain a few details I hadn’t yet read.
You may recall me posting about Hana Grace Williams earlier this month. In that post I mentioned that I had heard murmurings on the internet that her parents were Pearl followers. Well, someone has emailed me to confirm that rumor. Well, confirm might be too strong a word for a fairly anonymous email, but I don’t see any reason not to believe her.
I don’t know what the Peals teachings have to do with this case, if anything. Certainly the being consistent and never backing down are a concern, but I have never heard them teaching parents to make children sleep outside without a sleeping bag. I know that they have teachings which include withholding food for certain offenses, like not eating what was served or not saying Please or Thank You. That might explain her 30 pound weight loss, but so far we have no evidence.
Here is a News story about the Ethiopian Community’s response to this.
As 2010 winds to a close, I am reflecting on the changes to this website. I moved to this blog in March during the thick of the Schatz story. Over the months I found more and more time passing between posts and started filling that time with posts about other controlling groups such as the Patriarchy Movement as well as helpful posts about Gentle Discipline. I am very thankful to God for how He has been using this blog. I wish my readers many blessings in 2011.
And now, The Paradise Post has released its Top 10 news stories of 2010 and the Schatz Abuse Story was number one. I post an excerpt from their story here for permanence:
Schatz, Smith lead top 10 newsPosted: 12/30/2010 01:00:00 AM PST
Once again the Post staff voted on the Top 10 stories of the Year. This year, the top story is the Schatz family abuse case.
1. Parents arrested in child abuse case
The ugliness of humanity reared its head in Paradise this year when two local parents allegedly beat their adopted daughter to death for mispronouncing a word.
Lydia Schatz, 7, died in February and her parents, Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz, are accused of killing her by using controversial disciplinary methods outlined in a religious training book, “To Train Up A Child,” by Michael and Debi Pearl, founders of the No Greater Joy Ministry.
In the aforementioned book, the Pearls recommend using a rubber quarter-inch plumbing supply line for disciplining a child. Elizabeth called emergency crews on Feb. 6 to report that Lydia was not breathing.
A storm prevented the girl from being airlifted to the hospital by the LifeFlight helicopter. Lydia was being rushed by ambulance to Chico Municipal Airport, but died en route. The autopsy of Lydia shows that the girl died of Rhabdomyolysis, a rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle due to injury to muscle tissue.
Lydia’s 11-year-old sister was also discovered with injuries and sustained kidney failure. She was not originally expected to survive, but made a full recovery after treatment at Sutter Memorial Hospital.
The Schatzes have six biological children and adopted Lydia, the 11-year-old, and a 3 month-old from the Republic of Libera in Africa.
Police said all the children made statements affirming being disciplined by rubber tubing found in the Schatz home.
The parents were charged with murder and torture, each facing life in prison. Kevin and Elizabeth retained separate lawyers and pled not guilty to the crimes.
The case has not been resolved. The Schatzes are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 28, 2011 for a jury trial.