Hi, I started /r/troubledteens to save kids from abuse at ‘troubled teen’ facilities. Diamond Ranch Academy hasmany allegations of child abuse, a kid even died there. One witness said they punished him for using too many paper towels to clean his own vomit the night he died (it was on a radio show, I can provide a link for anyone who wants to hear it).
Last night a 15 year old boy was referred to Diamond Ranch on Lifetime’s Teen Trouble. This same TV show has referred 4 other teens to programs with serious allegations of abuse. We have some media interest on this, would you be interested in talking to the press about your experience? It can be anonymously.
I’m in touch with a parent who’s child was recently at Diamond Ranch. S/he reported that the students are not allowed anything fun, like laughing, singing and normal kid stuff; they are hardly ever allowed outside. S/he said they are turning them into breathing robots with no sense of worth, no self-esteem building; staff baits them to fight, gets in their faces; the kids are miserable and frequently try to run away. S/he said they set the kids up for failure so they can keep them longer and make more money.
My condolences for any time you had to spend there. You didn’t deserve it, no kid deserves that. Thank you for bravely speaking out and being the voice that the kids locked in there today don’t have.