Survivor Testimony

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Survivor Testimony

Survivor Statement – Samantha

Jim Shirey died while I was there, but I wasn’t allowed to tell me mom about it, and my first week there the girls in my dorm poured water in my shoes, and urinated in the bathtub if they knew it was my turn to clean it…

Survivor Statement – Zach

I have so many Negative experiences I neglect to share because of their uncivilized manner it was almost a cult of antagonizing bullies.

Survivor Statement – DRA Survivor

After making a previous survivor statement I was called by the son of the ranches owner Ricky Dias and told I am a pussy.  After he called me a “pussy” he then tried to threaten me. After hanging up a police officer called and said I was not allowed to comment on Diamond Ranch or be in contact with anyone. The officer said he was hurricane police department.

Survivor Statement – Anonymous

My family still has no idea about some of the things I witnessed there do to the fear I still have from that facility. Please don’t make the mistake of sending your child there.

Survivor Statement – Anonymous

Diamond Ranch Academy has shown nothing but a true manipulative effort to steal money from parents, make an arguably illegal contract and hurt parents kids all because they just want their f***ing money

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HEAL Investigates Diamond Ranch Academy

Message from HEAL Director Angela Smith:

HEAL is a network of individuals and families that have been harmed by fraudulent and abusive behavior modification programs.  Diamond Ranch Academy has been on HEAL’s watch-list since 2004.  Dozens of individuals and families have reported to us that Diamond Ranch Academy is abusive.  In addition, Diamond Ranch Academy has been repeatedly cited by the Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Safe Drinking Water Act.  HEAL also believes Diamond Ranch Academy is a fraudulent program based on our review of Diamond Ranch Academy’s enrollment agreement.  To learn more, keep reading or visit and – Diamond Ranch Academy - Survivor Statements:

  1. Survivor Statement – Anonymous
  2. Survivor Statement – Christian
  3. Survivor Statement – Anonymous
  4. Survivor Statement – Aaron
  5. Survivor Statement – Anonymous

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