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Locked in a box

Iwas in Provo Canyon School for 22 months in the late 80s. The only reason I was allowed to leave then was because my insurance ran out or no doubt they would have kept me there until Iwas 18. My therapist, Steve Astle threatened many times that he would keep me until I was 21. I didn't see the light of day the first 8 months I was there. There are no windows in boy's intake and investment. I can't tell you how many times I was slammed to ground in dial 9s and locked in the box, often overnight. They even changed the box from a nice "comfortable" wood into the brightly lit cinderblock hells they ended up being.
I often still think of sitting in that place with nothing but underwear on carving drawings in the paint on the metal security door with a little chunk of cinderblock. Sitting on the concrete floor covered with dirt and hair, or pising down the drain in the corner. Jerking off or singing songs to pass the time. Sometimes the staff wouldn't check on you for hours. I also remember you only got fed twice a day when you were locked in and it was cold by the time they brought it to you. That Trio sure is refreshing after a long night though, warm or cold. The boy's boxes were in a hallway that led outdoors and sometimes they would open that door and it would be so cold but **** it smelled good. Crazy, huh?
The rest of the time I spent standing IPs. I remember the first couple months we could write papers with such thought provoking questions as "Why Am I Not Okey?", but that didn't last long. I think I spent at least 16 months of my life staring at a wall 1 foot from my face. I actually received the staggering amount of 4000 IPs for a runaway. Amazingly enough I remember having some very good friends there. I will never forget Provo Canyon School. I think of it every morning when I wake up.
Now I live in Mendocino, Ca and paint landscapes.

Re: Locked in a box

hey im lexi i went through the same bull**** you did plz write me back it would be cool to here the experience from a guys perspective

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It's against the law and the permanent injunctions against PCS to use isolation in those observation rooms as punishment - yet they continue to do this regardless of the rules against this. The Utah Core rules clearly state that isolation must not exceed 4 hours - and should be used only in extreme situations. It must not be used during normal sleep times - so it should not be used after 9 pm. No one should sleep in the observation room.

Isolation and seclusion can cause extreme mental anguish and could be considered torture under the Geneva Convention. Especially if it is used for long periods of time.

If this was done to you while you were a patient suffering from any form of mental illness it is also a violation of Federal law - US Code title 42 section 112.

It is essential that patients and other clients report such abuse to the proper authorities. Please do so....

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Hi! Lost your e-mail when my system crashed last year. Please contact me so I can keep in touch.