Copper Canyon Academy Survivor Survey – T
Date of Submission: 4-25-13
Do you wish to grant further testimony to investigators? – Choose one
Age and year of admittance – I was 13 and it was 2011
How long was your stay at Copper Canyon Academy? – 13 months
How long have you been back home? – 4 months
Did you graduate the program? – … regretfully
Before the program did you have a serious drug problem? Please describe severity – no
Before the program were you admitted to any other residential treatment, for instance a mental hospital? – yes
Before the program did you have a criminal record or spend time in Juvenile Hall? – no
Where you court ordered, or did your parents choose to send you to the program? – parents
Did you consent to treatment at CCA? Did you sign a contract? – were we supposed to?
Was there a medical admissions process? Please describe – no
Were your medical records considered before you were admitted into the program.? – no
Were you strip searched? How many times? – no
How much was your tuition? – no!
In your opinion were the teachers, good teachers? Did they have degrees and certifications? – no
Were your tests open book, multiple choice tests? Would you consider them easy to pass? – no they made them impossible because if you did bad on tests you were kept there longer
How many school credits did you earn in what period of time? – 7
Did you receive a diploma from CCA? – no
Was a certified medical professional available to students at their request? – hardly she was a evil lady anyway
Were proper check ups, dental cleaning, and medication observation appointments held regularly? – ya
If you got sick were you given adequate treatment and rest? – no!!!!!
Were you ever refused medical care because staff said that you were “faking it”? – yes yes and a thousand times yes!
Was a medical service offered for drug detox or drug rehabilitation? – no
Was there any kind of “Drug Education” available for students who had used drugs in the past? – no
What is the name of your case manager/ “Therapist”? Did they have degrees/ licenses? What were their qualifications before taking the job at CCA? – I actueally liked my thearpist she is the only good thing about that program!
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
Were students encouraged to accept that they were alcoholics or drug addicts? Was this required to advance in the program? – ya
Were students encouraged to follow a 12 step program in order to earn levels and graduate the program – no
Were students encouraged to accept a “higher power” contingent to their recovery? – no
In your opinion, How was the food quality? Was it prepared properly? Were safety and health codes followed in the kitchen? – no there were coakroaches… and cleaning was on us
Did you ever go hungry? Were you given proper portions? Was food ever withheld as a punishment? Please describe “Non-Compliant” meals. How many days in a row were you on “Non-Compliant” meals? – I personally never had one but many of my fellow students did and they said they were starving.
Did you gain a lot of weight? Were you forced to eat more than you were able to eat? – i actually lost quite a bit maybe 20 lbs
Were you ever punished for vomiting? – yep
Please describe the “Work Hour” experience. How did you feel about this? – Now it is called a CC or consequence cars when i left you had to get up at 5 in the morning to do them.
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? – ya but that was a highlight I actually enjoyed it!
Where you aware of anyone being restrained and/ or isolated from the group? – What do you think staff buddy and scilence vests are?
What reasons were these people restrained/ isolated/ made to sit in stress positions? (please describe actual events) Where stress positions utilized? Were there more time in isolation given if the student would move, cry or speak? – no
Please describe “Staff Buddy”, “The Desert Process” and the purpose of the yellow/ orange construction vests.- staff buddy is when you get put in a green shirt and flipflops for atleasr one week if you tried to leave, self harmed or even yelled at someone and vests are when you cannot speak to ANYONE for 24 hours
(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? – ya they were read
How long before you were able to speak to your parents on the phone? Were your phone calls monitored? – till level 4 all phone calls were monitered
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
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
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? – we had to watch lower levels right oustide their bathroom doors
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? – other than to speak and stand ya
How often were you allowed to speak freely? Were you not allowed to speak with others in your group? – we were usaully allowed
Did you have to walk in line? How often? Were there consequences if you did not line up properly? – atleast 9 times a day
Would you be given a consequence if you forgot something? (for instance, a pen or a book) – yes especially water
Were your personal items inspected by other students? (upper levels?) without your consent or presence? – no just staff
(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? – basically wofrking hard and snitching on others to get your own butt out of there
What kind of staff responsibilities were upper levels given? – basically utter control
Were upper levels required to give out consequences, citations or to hold lower levels accountable for minor rule violations? – accountale yes
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 “held accountable” under a category that was vague enough to be given out for any number of things? – ya
Were you punished/ held back if you chose not to tattle or pass out citations, and opted to verbally warn students instead? – ya
Did an upper level have to power to influence a child put onto “staff buddy” or into any isolation process? 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? – no
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? – ya
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? – quite a lot
Please describe your seminar experience. – i liked them actaully
What are your opinions of the owners/ Directors of CCA? – paul and mike are good
Do you believe that the program acting within the means of “Tough Love” was appropriate treatment for you in your adolescence? – ehh..
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 CCA has an effect on your life today? Positive or negative? – both
Full Testimony (if provided)
My only big problem was our pedophile of a teacher mr. william love. he was fired for having kiddie porn on his school computer and sexually harrassing female students