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Posted December 2, 2004 

To whom it may concern:,

I am writing this email in response to allegations of abuse that have been made against The Whitmore Academy Boarding School. It is upsetting that such allegations would be made against such a unique, genuine, caring and positive program.

My daughter, XXXXX, has been at the Whitmore now for over a year. During that time, I have had weekly telephone conversations with her, and am able to talk with Mark and Cheryl Sudweeks at any time. In
addition, I know that I am allowed and encouraged to visit whenever I wish to do so and as frequently as I want. XXXXX is thankful that she is at The Whitmore and is thriving both in emotional and physical health. She has never indicated that there was any type of abuse or mistreatment occurring; her comments are much to the contrary. She has never made any request to me to leave The Whitmore during these past 13 months, and she has had ample opportunity to so do.

XXXXX has made tremendous progress while at The Whitmore, and I strongly believe that this progress would have never been made had there been any type of mistreatment or abuse. She has matured, gained
much needed self-esteem, and has learned to love life and people again. She has come so far from where she was when she arrived at The Whitmore.

I have the utmost respect for and gratitude to Mark and Cheryl Sudweeks and the program they run at The Whitmore. I spent a long time searching for an appropriate program for my daughter. I chose the Whitmore because it was the only program that had a family type atmosphere, no reports of abuse, and received high recommendations from parents who have had or still had children at The Whitmore.

I strongly believe there are very few people in this world who would take on the challenge the Sudweeks do every day in helping teens and helping their families become families again. It would be an injustice if this program would not be permitted to continue.

The Whitmore has been the help XXXXX needed as a person, and that we needed as a family to become a family again. Mark and Cheryl Sudweeks are unique in that they truly care about the students as people, and helping them to be the best they can be, and the teens respond in such positive and healthy change. Abuse in the program is unfathomable as such positive results would never be so clear. It has been a gradual progression in XXXXX's change because of the change being a true and lasting one, NOT a "quick fix" brought on by drastic, negative methods.

My strong support is with Mark and Cheryl, and The Whitmore. I welcome any questions from DFCS.

Very sincerely,
Becky Loggins

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