First located in Kanab and later in Spanish Fork in Utah this boarding school for pregnant girls was shown to be involved in some kind of adoption business which caused 3 pregnant teenagers to attack the staff and escape in order to provide a better future for their children that the children would have experienced if the girls had remained at the facility. Pretty babies are a good business and very easy money with few questions asked.
The owners was reported to have ties to the infamous WWASP organization.
It cannot be fun to end up as a pregnant teenager in such a place.
- UPDATE; NEW HOPE MATERNITY GIRLS STILL RUNNING! (The Daily Bastardette)
- Pregnant girls flee maternity home (Salt Lake Tribune)
- The Utah Maternity Home Escape (Adoption & Birth Mothers)
Originally there was a school operating under the name Academy of Cedar mountain, which was closed. Under this new marketing name the school has not brought much attention on it despite it being very expensive. However during 2016 a girl ran from the school which makes it state that something indicate that is cannot be a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Mountain Springs Preparatory Academy – Cedar City, Utah (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora)
- Staff list for Academy at Cedar Mountain in Cedar City, UT (HEAL-online)
- SHLEY GOOCH – 17 (2016) (Missing TTI Victims Teens)
Former students writes:
Rude staff, horrible treatment. I felt worse there then I have ever felt. DO NOT GO.
This program is terrible. I went into treatment for depression and suicidal ideation. After a few months, I was lower than I had ever been before. I was eventually pulled out because of the ineffective practices. … … Every new girl is watched all the time. This level of care was not needed for ANY of the girls in the program. Furthermore, after reading about the program on the official site, the program sounds superb. You should know that activities are often canceled, sometimes out of the blue. “Therapy” includes cartoons, no contact with parents, and endless hours of pointless bookwork. I highly recommend that you choose a different program for your daughter. (Student in 2013)
It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager
Majestic Ranch Academy is now known as Old West Ranch Academy. It used to be a part of the WWASP organization. When WWASP closed down due to negative press many of the former facilities were renamed and started to function independent of the previous organization while maintaining the curriculum.
Despite new names many of them continued to be target of investigations and later closure like Midwest Academy and Red River Academy which is not closed but hit by a lawsuit.
While no lawsuit presently is public, the track record of the place makes it safe to claim that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
News information from 2002: When the facility was operating under the name “Majestic Ranch” there was a case against Wayne E. Winder, who was the facility director at the time. The charges were misdemeanor child abuse (Source: Youth Facility Director Still Faces Abuse Counts – Charges allege boys were roughed up in Rich County -Salt Lake Tribune re-print)
News information from 2005: A lawsuit named an employee as Sean E. Coombs. He had previously pleaded guilty in an assault charge where a boy was hurt (Source: Mother Files Lawsuit, Claims Boarding School Abused Son – KSL news)
- Factsheet of the facility (Fornits Wiki)
- Majestic Ranch Academy, Memoirs of a Troubled Teen (Ireport CNN)
- Story Submission – R. Nelson, Majestic Ranch Academy 2007 (WWASP Diaries)
2016 marked the second time a boy lost his life while he was forced to stay at Brookhaven Youth Ranch near Waco in Texas. The place is for teenagers courtordered by local juvenile courts but none of the punishment instated by the courts seem to include death penalty. Still two boys didn’t leave the ranch alive.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Factsheet about the facility (Fornits Wiki)
- DFPS investigates staff at Brookhaven Youth Ranch (KXXV News)