Diamond Ranch Academy Survivor Survey – Ed
Date of Submission: 7/13/16
Do you wish to grant further testimony to investigators? – Yes.
Age and year of admittance – 14. 2014
How long was your stay at D.R.A.? – 9 months.
How long have you been back home? – 5 months, 3 of the months I have been going to military school. Voluntarily.
Did you graduate from DRA? – Hell no.
Before the program did you have a serious drug problem? Please describe severity – Yes. I was addicted to painkillers and other pills. Skipped school to drink and smoke weed. Arrested 1 time for possession of Xanax in school property.
Before the program were you admitted to any other residential treatment, for instance a mental hospital? – No.
Before the program did you have a criminal record or spend time in Juvenile Hall? – No. Probation.
Where you court ordered, or did your parents choose to send you to DRA? – Parents.
Did you consent to treatment at DRA? Did you sign a contract? – No?
Was there a medical admissions process? Please describe – Yes, forced me to take like 4 shots. Had an old man check my balls out and shit.
Were your medical records considered before you were admitted into DRA? – No.
Were you strip searched? How many times? – Many, like 25 times.
How much was your tuition? Some ridiculous shit I think 8,000 a month.
Considering how much your tuition cost, Do you think you were given an adequate education at DRA.? – No, I had a child pornography felon, an old man, a dike girl, and a skinny stick as my teachers. No help was given.
In your opinion were the teachers, good teachers? Did they have degrees and certifications? – No. Fuck No.
Were your tests open book, multiple choice tests? Would you consider them easy to pass? – Open book.
Yes they are the easiest things I did in my life.
How many school credits did you earn in what period of time? – I completed 2 years of history in about 5 months.
Did you receive a diploma from DRA? – No.
Was a certified medical professional available to students at their request? – Yes. It took long time to see them though.
Were proper check ups, dental cleaning, and medication observation appointments held regularly? – No. Never dental cleaning, checked weight and blood pressure once while I was there.
If you got sick were you given adequate treatment and rest? – No. A Tylenol and told to be put back in class.
Were you ever refused medical care because staff said that you were “faking it”? – Yes. Turned out I had strep throat. That’s right. Fuck you Chris rodeback.
Was a medical service offered for drug detox or drug rehabilitation? – Yes, a shitty one though, relapsed the day I came home.
Was there any kind of “Drug Education” available for students who had used drugs in the past? – Yes, tried telling me weed is bad. Smoke it everyday in military school. Still successful. Fuck you kade.
What is the name of your case manager/ “Therapist”? Did they have degrees/ licenses? What were their qualifications before taking the job at DRA? – John.
Don’t know, he was chill, but still a douche.
Was group therapy considered to be of a confrontational nature? – Yes.
Do you feel you were forced to confess to things you did not do in order to progress in the program? – Yes. Leveling up (5 levels student, supervisor, manager, director, and graduate) I faked everyone of them. Made you confess things in order to level up. The faster you level up, the faster you go home.
Were students encouraged to accept that they were alcoholics or drug addicts? Was this required to advance in the program? – Yes
Were students encouraged to follow a 12 step program in order to earn levels and graduate the program – Yes
Were students encouraged to accept a “higher power” contingent to their recovery? – Yes. Mormons can suck my dick.
In your opinion, How was the food quality? Was it prepared properly? Were safety and health codes followed in the kitchen? – Shit. Almost nothing, had to volunteer to work in the kitchen to get get at least decent food.
No most of the time the hot dogs still had ice inside them.
No they let a kid with strep throat work there.
Did you ever go hungry? Were you given proper portions? Was food ever withheld as a punishment? – Fuck yeah, every night.
Did you gain a lot of weight? Were you forced to eat more than you were able to eat? – No. Worked out.
Were you ever punished for vomiting? – No. Never threw up.
Please describe the “homeless” (Observation & Assessment) experience. How did you feel about this? – None at that time.
Were upper levels or any level students asked to babysit the staff’s children, or taken to the staff’s house for any extended period of time? – No, football players had the most privileges out of everyone.
Where you aware of anyone being restrained and isolated from the group? – Yes. Every minute of the day.
What reasons were these people restrained? (please describe actual events) – No reason. One time a kid, who was mentally ill by the way, was mad because he was placed in RFI, which I’m always in. He was talking back to a staff, Shane Johnson, Shane got mad and approached his team. He picked up the corner of the desk and flipped it over. The mentally ill kid fell on the floor. He was crying because of what just happened and because his mom didn’t want him. He stormed out of the room. Shane called on the radio “SECOND STAFF, RFI HALLWAY” in less than 10 seconds 2 staff grabbed him and slammed him on the floor. The kid didn’t resist, they turned and twisted his wrists. They pressure pointed his ears and wear on top of him. Fuck you Riley, Shane, and of course TYLER WRIGHT THE FAT FUCK.
Where stress positions utilized? Were there more time in isolation given if the student would move, cry or speak? – Yes. Behind ears. Wrists turned, I remember a kid who got restrained turned out to have a snapped wrist. What the fuck man.
(Please describe the rules and structure that would pertain to a level 1 student.)
Was contact with your parents limited? Where your letters (to and from) intercepted? Were your letters opened, read, crossed out or cut? – Same as others. More supervision though. No shoelaces.
Yes once every two weeks if lucky.
Yes. Bitch at front desk opened em.
How long before you were able to speak to your parents on the phone? Were your phone calls monitored? – 6 weeks.
Yes. Therapist would end call if I complained.
If you felt you were being abused, was there anyway you could get to a phone and have a private conversation with your parents, child services or an officer of the law? – No. RFI TIME.
If you wanted to leave were you discouraged to tell your parents how you felt? Were you afraid that you would be punished if you were to describe any incidents of abuse to your parents? – Yes.
Yes My program director Fat Fuck Tyler, once reduced me a level for complaining.
Were there other students (upper levels) assigned to watch over you? What was their role? Did they give you consequences/ “hold you accountable”? Were they instructed to restrain you or monitor the isolation area, bathrooms and showers? – No. Staff would walk in while you where taking a shower.
Did you have to raise your hand and wait to ask permission from staff (or upper levels) to speak, stand, eat, go to the bathroom and do other normal activities? – Yes.
How often were you allowed to speak freely? Were you not allowed to speak with others in your group? – No.
No, especially in RFI.
Did you have to walk in line? How often? Were there consequences if you did not line up properly? – Yes. Every meal, going outside which was a special privilege.
Would you be given a consequence if you forgot something? (for instance, a pen or a book) – Yes. Citation.
Were your personal items inspected by other students? (upper levels?) without your consent or presence? – Yes always.
(Please describe the rules and structure that would pertain to an “upper level” student.)
What were the requirements in order to progress in the level system? Was approval from the other upper levels required? – Writing bullshit about books. Yes.
What kind of staff responsibilities were upper levels given? – None.
Were upper levels required to give out consequences, citations or to hold lower levels accountable for minor rule violations? – No.
Were the rules upper levels enforced specific to the rule book or were the definitions of those rules assumed? Could rules easily be made up or given under a category that was vague enough to be given out for any number of things? – Yes rules were made up easily.
Were you punished/ held back if you chose not to pass out citations, and opted to verbally warn students instead? – Yes.
Did an upper level have to power to influence a child being taken to the isolation room? Were upper levels instructed to watch or participate in restraints? – No.
Were upper levels required to give visiting parents a glowing testimonial of their experience in the program, or make testimonial videos or letters? Were pre-written scripts required to be read during the filming of promotional videos? – Yes the videos and pictures we had to smile and act like DRA is amazing.
What would happen if an upper level student mentioned anything bad about the program in front of a parent? Were students afraid of punishment if they told the truth? – Dropped a level. Yes
How easily could an upper level get dropped (start the program over)? What infractions would make an upper level drop and what level did they usually go back to? – Very easy. Anything, held up to high standards. I had to restart the program at one point.
What are your opinions of the owners/ Directors of D.R.A? – Bitches, scammers, bullshitters. Bald headed assholes.
Do you believe that the program acting within the means of “Tough Love” was appropriate treatment for you in your adolescence? – No. There were fucking 11 year olds in that program.
Do you believe that the staff and junior staff usually acted within the US standards for health, safety and well being of the students? – No.
Considering long term effects, do you think your experience at DRA has an effect on your life today? Positive or negative?Yes. I do more drugs when I’m home. I hate my parents for sending me here. DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE. Military school is the best for any problem. I was unmotivated after DRA, low self esteem, and anti social. Now I’m in a leadership position. Last words, Fuck DRA.