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Provo Canyon School 98-99

Here is my story...
I was a pretty normal high school kid. I played sports and had alot of friends. My mom (who smokes pot all the time nowadays) was worried about me because she would occasionaly find a pot pipe in my clothes when she did the laundry or searched my room. They took me to talk to a doctor in atlanta that had helped treat my mother for alcoholism about a decade earlier that asked me some questions and from our short conversation he told my parents that I smoke more pot than they can ever imagine. A few months later I got caught cheating on a test in school when there was a substitute teacher and that was the last straw. They called up the doctor and he recommended Provo Canyon.
My mom asked me if I wanted to go take a tour of this boarding school in Utah and if I liked it I could stay. Well... we arrived at the school and immediatley two guys grabbed me and wisked me into a back room, striped searched me, took all my clothes and belongings and gave me a pair of sweat pants and a sweat shirt that were about 4 sizes too big. Didn't even get to say goodbye to mom. I remember they took me to the nurse to get a psyical and she grabbed my balls and made me cough while a fat middle aged man sat there and literally laughed. They take me back to this room with about 7 or 8 other kids that they call orientation. I spent the first few months in "orientation". The room has no windows, you don't go outside, think prison. I remember the first week I was there they took us to the gym area to play basketball to get some excersise and I blocked the counslers shot. He turned around and kicked me as hard as he could in the shin. About 10 minutes later he elbowed another kid in the face who was going for a rebound and the kid was bleeding all over the court. He turned around threw a rag at me adn started yelling at me to clean up the puddle of blood. This was just the first week. I could write a book about the nightmare of Provo Canyon. I am 28 years old now and I still get upset when I think about that place.

Re: Provo Canyon School 98-99

I really hope this place gets shut down and the people who run it get sent to prison.

Re: Provo Canyon School 98-99

My experiences at this school also inbedded a deep seeded hatred for mormons that I still have to this day.

Re: Provo Canyon School 98-99

I went through Provo Canyon School at about the same time. We probably went there together, in fact I think I know who you are.

I went through this school around 1998. That's 16 years ago now, and the memories still haunt me. I went in for drug issues and depression. It only made everything worse.

They basically subject you to a humiliating and torturous environment. It is much like being a prisoner, and much like being the subject of a laboratory experiment.

Physical beatings are common. If you say the wrong thing you could get slammed against a wall or tackled. They especially like to use arm bars and moves in which they twist your hands. They can get away with it anytime without getting in trouble. And they do it when it is unnecessary. They do it as a display of power to intimidate the entire unit of kids.

The kids are left alone to beat the crap out of each other often too. You could be sitting there studying math at your desk. Then suddenly there's another kid with no shirt on rushing in to attack you. I got into hundreds of scuffles and became a good fighter in there. It puts you into a state of constant tension. This creates psychological disorders in people like PTSD, anxiety, anger, etc.

Then they shove drugs down your throat. They just pic a mental disorder that matches you best and give you a corresponding drug cocktail. They had me on up to 3 drugs at a time. Almost everyone in there was on 3-5 heavily psychotropic pharmacueticals. How fucked up is that! Many of those kids don't even have true mental disorders and the vast majority of the drugs were not necessary.

Sometimes they would "try out" a new drug on you. And they would give you a heavy stimulant or anti-psychotic. We were used as human lab rats. Period.

Many of the staff are incompetent. There are idiotic ex-security guards on steroids in charge of you with 100% authority. Telling you what to do. These guys are hired for physical power, not mental capability. Most of them are unqualified and dangerous to the kids.

Some of them were obviously gay and/or pedophiles. I won't name and names right now. But I know of 3 staff members there who were predators of the children. Many of them would look at me inappropriately and they loved to walk around us late at night when we were in out pajamas, staring at our bodies with no shame.

And yes indeed, there was molestation going on. It was rare, but it was happening with a small number of people. Staff members would disappear with kids for "private talks" and it was obvious what was happening. I know about a 14 year old kid who was getting sexually abused by a staff member.

If any of you have any questions. Or if any of you went to PCS, please email me