Northwest Academy surrenders its license

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Northwest Academy school, which is at the center of an investigation following allegations of child abuse and neglect, is officially closed.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, all the students have been either relocated at other schools or returned to their homes.

The owners of the Nye County school appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom this morning. They face more than 40 counts. They were transferred to the Nye County jail this afternoon.

With little to no notice, Geralyn Green had to pick up her daughter from Northwest Academy after everything unfolded Wednesday.  That was the same day, the state located 19 children on site who remained under the care of campus staff.

A plan was put in motion to begin relocating the students.

“I just hope the parents look at this as a turning point as far as their relationship with their children because that’s how I look at it,” said Green. 

Green’s 16-year-old daughter said she witnessed questionable behavior from the adults at the school.

“It was some staff that cared about it, then there was some staff that didn’t care,” she said.

Her name will not be used in this article to protect her identity.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services says for the students entering another program for troubled youth, their parents are making arrangements and cannot disclose where they may be going.

Green’s daughter will be doing a program from home.

“It does take a village but it does not take abuse, and it does not take — you know; there’s a way to treat a child,” Green said. 

Northwest Academy shares an address with another facility for troubled youth.  It’s called Never Give Up, Youth Healing Center.” The manager says they are operating business as usual and have no connection to the boarding school at the center of a child abuse investigation.

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