483. Majestic Ranch Academy
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)
- Staff List (HEAL-online)
- Majestic Ranch Academy, Memoirs of a Troubled Teen (Ireport CNN)
- Story Submission – R. Nelson, Majestic Ranch Academy 2007 (WWASP Diaries)