This testimony was found on Reddit. All rights goes to the original author. Diamond Ranch was originally located in Idaho but the authorities kicked them out of the state. They first was located east of Hurricane but built a new campus west of Hurricane some years ago.
Hi my names Bella and i'm a "survivor" of a "therapeutic boarding school." The name is Diamond Ranch Academy. I've been out for over a year now and not a day goes by that i don't think about that horrifying, degrading, detrimental place. It kills me knowing there's kids still trapped in there without any way out.
Of course. I was sent there for disobedience in regards to my parents. Along with minor drug use, very bad grades, and i just had a lot of party habits. I arrived the day before the boy committed suicide. Yes, one large scary man and one woman came into my house at 3 in the morning and dragged me by the arms into their car. I lived in Arizona at the time so the drive was ten hours. They refused to stop for me to use the bathroom and also refused me any kind of food. They also wouldn't tell me where we were going and made me shut up the entire way there. The experience was traumatizing and still haunts me. At the time i thought me and my mom were getting robbed and i was getting kidnapped. Upon entering they stripped searched me, made me take off my makeup, and take out my few piercings. They put two needles in my arm, i can't remember if it was to test me for something or put something in me. They gave me no choice. Then i was put in O&A (observation and assessment) which is now called orientation. In there i had to ask permission to sit, stand, speak, put chapstick on, ect. We were monitored 24/7 even while sleeping. They put me on "run watch" as they do for most when they first enter. They didn't let me outside for 42 days. All I saw was white walls. They made us clean everything, over and over for absolutely no purpose. We basically had no rights at all and I felt like I was five years old. If you didn't comply with the staffs directives they would restrain you. I didn't wanna cooperate with sweeping the boys weight room on Christmas of 2013 because I had been cleaning the entire day. Because i wouldn't continue sweeping, two large men came over to me and applied a large amount of force on my wrists for about five minutes until i was in hysterics begging them to stop. My right wrist hurt for months.
I was half way through my freshman year of high school when i entered. Since my grades weren't 80 percent or above they made me restart the entire year over. they gave us fake citations for every possible thing we could do wrong. such as talking without permission, cursing, glorifying, inappropriate behavior, wasting food (not eating all your food), and there were probably 60 more. if you got a certain amount you failed your day which just means another day on your program. the systems they had in place were insanely degrading. if you failed a day or your hole week you felt like that was a week wasted of your life. One girl, Pamela, has been in DRA for over three years because of failed weeks. She has several mental problems and DRA has done absolutely nothing to help her. She's sitting in there rotting and her parents are brainwashed thinking she's getting the help she needs. We were forced to eat the disgusting food they served us every day regardless if we wanted it or not. We got three minutes in the shower which eventually progressed to five minutes. If they felt you were suicidal you were put on suicide watch and were forced to sleep in the hallway on the floor under lights with staff hovering over you making sure you didn't move incorrectly. I got strip searched three times a day every day for 42 days. All the doors were locked and the staff were the only ones with access to the keys. If you tried to escape the program staff would chase after you until they tackled you down and you would have to restart the entire program.
More about Diamond Ranch Academy:
- At least two boys died there. One of an unnamed illness. The local coroner is not finding anything which can endanger local jobs. One from a suicide which might have been prevented if an employee had not closed the door and helped instead.
- An employee had child porn on a computer he used at work.
- A therapist is hit by a lawsuit concerning grooming of a student
Diamond Ranch Academy (Reddit)