I was sent here back in 02- 04.
They run the program like jail. They staff just watch the kids and put in punishment after the kids do something. No help unless the staff member themselfs love kids with a passion and most don’t. It’s just a job.
They don’t do anything when a kid gets hurt. There is no nurse of any kind. I was playing basketball with the staff an other kids. I jumped to blocked a staff member. Instead some how. He just ran me over and I landed on my head…. Next thing I know I woke up in my bed the next day with 2 (cat 3s) for not fallowing directions. The kids told me I played the rest of the game really sloppy an falling down a lot. After our PE was done in our room they said I started crying and asking who my dad was I couldn’t remember anything from my life, my past, my family where I was from or anything. An they didn’t even seek medical help for me.
They just gave my consequences for my actions takin away pretty much what u have to work for there. I feel like that is really low u can’t even get the kid help that might have amnesia. I also fell on my hand and busted my wrist. I couldn’t use it for 3 weeks and after it healed it has a numb in it. They completely ignored it and the fact I couldn’t use my hand. A staff member literally tried to trip me down a set of stairs. Because of a resent conflict between me and a kid in her group. Iv seen several kids leave puddles of blood after a staff member/s has used excessive force to (restrain) kids under 14.
An Dan makes the kids do all the ranch work. From the birth of the new sheep to killing them and have us skin an gut them. We have to herd the sheep, an brand the cows. He uses the kids as his personal slaves the only thing u would ever get if u get anything would be a soda after u ate a pepper and the can was shaken an thrown somewhere for u to find. So not only is he getting paided for the kids to just sit on his ranch. But then he uses the kids to run his ranch. He has 3 Mexicans he pays nothing to do the rest. He’s a slave owner.
Instead of sending a kid here where they have to deal with a bunch of traumatizing Shit how about u just step in they’re life more. be a real parent. Grow the fuck up take care of your kid you brought into this world. An yes there still times I have very vivid dreams of being there. An so happy after I wake up in my bed.
This is a testimony from a parent who was prevented from communicating with her child.
This place is a torture chamber for youth!
My daughter is currently incarerated there & I can’t get her out! They brainwash these children, physically & emotionally abuse them, force them to go through emotional “growth” seminars that are humilating & degrading. Their website is a complete LIE. Google Dr. Moody who is currently employed by ERA. He use to work for the CIA ,they are using the same methods the CIA & government uses that have been considered inhumane and against the Geneva Conventions!
DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS LOCK DOWN PRISON!! Staff members have molested children there, they do not get a proper education, they are forced to carry large stacks of books around for days, they are forced to carry around large back packs full of sand & rocks at all times for punishment, children have been physically beaten& molested. DO NOT SIGN YOUR RIGHTS AWAY!They ARE NOT regulated by the state of Utah as they claim to be. If your child is currently in ERA, GET THEM OUT NOW!!!!
At Diamond Ranch Academy located west of Hurricane in Utah a lawsuit is the subject right now. Parents of a girl who was confined to the facility has filed a lawsuit where it is stated that the girl was subjected to sexual assault conducted by a therapist hired by the facility and operating at the facility. According to the lawsuit the facility neglected to supervise and correct the therapist when they saw his actions.
Another lawsuit has been filed against the former Red River Academy in Lecompte, Louisiana. The facility now operating under the name US Youth Services was hit by a lawsuit in 2016. The father of a boy state in the lawsuit that the boy suffered abuse of neglect. The facility opened as a WWASP school but has since worked on their own since WWASP disappeared after several schools were raided and closed by authorities in a number of states and countries.
I wish these posts were available for me to read when my son was a this shity place in 1996-1997 and to think I took out a second mortgage on my home to pay for majestic. I was a desperate parent
trying to do anything I could to get my son to stop and take a look at where his life was going.
He got in trouble at school all the time and got in trouble with the law. Not real serious stuff but I could see more serious stuff coming down the road if he did not change his ways. I sent him to a very expensive private school in Vermont with 40 students before I sent him to the ranch, but he got kicked out in less than six weeks when they did a drug screening with all the students. When he was at home, he was tutored weekly, went to see a psychiatrist and psychologist weekly. We were very involved parents.
In the winter of 2012, I got a gut feeling that something bad happened to him while he was there. I asked him what happened and he said I will go to my grave before I will tell you. We flew to Salt Lake City and drove to see him as much as we could. When we were visiting, he never gave us any indication that anything was wrong. When he called home, the calls were listened too and if the conversation got too hot, the call was disconnected. I taped his calls and let my Mother listen to them, she got very upset and said I should not have sent him there. My Mother had better instinct than I at the time. I wish my Mother was here today so I could say you were right. Dan Peart, I hope your ranch fails miserably. You will get your dues, hopefully sooner than later.
Hope Ranch / Star Meadows Academy was located near Whitefish in Montana. This testimony was posted by a former student on July 9 – 2010. Star Meadows Academy is now closed and the owners managed to disappear with a little sum to themselves
I would never, in a million years, put my daughter through such a terrible program…. I am 22 now, and am still trying to get past many of the issuse that my stay at Hope Ranch have cause in my life… My relationship with my parents is beyond repair and I always find myself associating with people who my parents strongly disapprove of…. If your relationship with your daughter is a struggle… look at yourselfs as well as your interaction with her… Hope Ranch will NEVER be an option for my child because I wouldn’t risk losing her the way my parents lost me…. as far as I’m concerned… they gave up their rights as parents, the day that they sent me to Hope Ranch.
The original testimony
This testimony was found on Google. The facility is located in Jasper, Georgia
To start off I’ll say my mom pulled me out of the program because she told me they were trying to play her and my dad against each other (they are divorced).
I was way worse after the program as far my behavior and outlook on life. But now I’m married with baby #3 on the way so I’m doing better no thanks to this place. I still never graduated high school because they put me so far behind I got discouraged.and quit.
There school is a joke! Okay so on to “home life” there: the staff would sit within ears distance and talk about the residents and laugh, if they thought you had something on you that wasn’t allowed they would strip search you. Without your permission. One “punishment ” was they would strip you to your underwear and lock you in a room for 24-48hrs. The reason for stripping to underwear is so the residents wouldn’t run away. I was in there with one girl that needed help for suicidal thoughts and the house mother filled the sink with water and held the girls head under saying “you want to die here you go.” Another girl I was in there with they made her carry BIG rocks until the point of her almost passing out. In the morning we would exercise. That is fine but if you didn’t finish the excerise they would say you didn’t have time to get shower and stuff before school. There were only certain time you could eat or get a snack if you got a snack outside of the “snack time” you would get in trouble. The list goes on and on.
Parents please before you send you kids here as a last resort PLEASE do your research and speak to people who has been there. People who they do not use as their “testimony ” cause they brainwash you into thinking they are such a good place and people because they are so thought after in the community but no one knows what happens behind closed doors. And of corse there is no evidence of any of this because if you wrote down anything negative they took it away and threw it in the trash.
The original testimony
This testimony was found on Merchantcircle
This place is torture. i was there about a year ago and i still can’t seem to move past it. It has emotionally scared me.
The treatment tactics are inhumane and abusive. I haven’t been able to get past the sense of worthlessness that i felt when i was there. I felt as though nothing i did or said mattered and i deserved everything that came to me. I was a bad kid so i deserved to carry around this backpack filled with sand. I was a bad kid so i deserved to be put on ghost for months at a time. ( ghost is when absolutely no one can talk to you or associate with you in any way.. its like you don’t exist)
I would never recommend sending your child to one of these places. find different alternatives. No parent should ever sign the costody of their child away to some institution they saw online. (by the way the website lies about everything)