Anderson Cooper 360

This week AC360° presents a three-part series investigating allegations of abuse at the Pinehaven Christian Children’s Ranch. The founder, Preacher Bob Larsson, asks new students to sign a document stating they understand the religious nature of the school and believe the bible to be the word of God. Because the Montana boarding school is a faith-based institution, the state has no authority to oversee or regulate it.

It’s an important factor to consider with former students and employees claiming abusive forms of punishment are common practice at the school. One former staff member told CNN’s Gary Tuchman, “… when I saw the kids they were wrenching and screaming because of the pain of what had happened.” Larsson believes Satan is behind that allegation and the others from more than a dozen people who told CNN they witnessed or experienced abuse.

Larsson, the owner for almost four decades, admits the school…

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Anderson Cooper 360

Pinehaven Christian Children’s Ranch in western Montana doesn’t deny their use of “tough love” techniques on students. In the past, one house parent would apply pressure to the children’s necks to control their behavior, a practice Pinehaven says is no longer permitted. Several former students and employees say they experienced or witnessed physical and emotional abuse. Preacher Bob Larsson, who’s been the school’s owner for almost 40 years, denies the allegations and tells CNN’s Gary Tuchman that their methods of discipline are not abusive.

Larson introduced several students who are thankful for their time at Pinehaven. Troy Baker said, “Tough love means separating people from drugs and alcohol and bad influences that brought them to pinehaven in the first place.” Curtis Swanson says he never saw an abusive house parent.

Others claim that the abuse went beyond trying to discipline students to include difficult and dangerous construction jobs around the…

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Something I wrote for you a few years ago..

I don’t know who you are. I don’t know if we’ve met. But I know someday I will love you with my entire heart. I know that you are worth waiting for. That the time we aren’t together makes the time we are together that much more sweet. Over the last few years I’ve learned that patience is a virtue that I must learn. I’m still young and so are you. I watch as my friends are rushing off to start families and build the next part of their lives and I have to admit I’m jealous sometimes. But then I remember out there somewhere you are waiting for me. So I can keep waiting for that moment, the moment our eyes first me. The moment our lips first touch. The moment we share our lives for eternity. In the meantime I’m thankful I don’t have to send anyone else flowers, I don’t have to send anyone else a box of chocolate. Out there you are there and If I knew who you are I’d swim across the ocean, climb any mountain just to meet you for the first time. In the meantime know that I’m here waiting to love you. Love isn’t a game, it’s not always romantic. It’s an action, a desire, a passion, a quest. One in which I’m still preparing for. So when the quest begins I hope I’m ready. I hope I’m ready to love you, and you alone for the rest of eternity. No matter what we face. Whatever obstacle. Whatever challenge. I will be there for you. For you alone. So sweetheart. I hope you have an amazing Valentines Day. I’m thinking about you. Praying for you…