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« on: March 26, 2004, 11:06:00 AM »
SPOKESMAN-REVIEW Newsfiles on Rocky Mountain Academy (1994-1999)

Tuesday, July 19, 1994

BOY HANGS HIMSELF IN DORMITORY

Section: THE HANDLE  - Page: B3

Author: Kevin Keating Staff writer

A 16-year-old Rocky Mountain Academy student hanged himself in a dorm at the private school

Friday, authorities said.

The boy, who was from Richardson, Texas, was found by another student at the secluded Boundary

County school. The boy's name was not released.

He apparently tied a belt to a pipe on an overhead sprinkler system and hanged himself, said

Boundary County Sheriff Bruce Whittaker. He was found about 7:30 p.m.

Staff at the school for troubled teens tried to revive the boy and called for an ambulance. Whittaker

said the teenager was pronounced dead a short time later at Boundary County Community Hospital.

 

The death is still under investigation. Several reports said the boy may have been taking medication

for manic depression. Authorities would not comment on any details until the investigation is

complete. Richard Geiger, program administrator at Rocky Mountain Academy declined to comment Monday.

The private school specializes in teens who have had trouble at home or are drug and alcohol

abusers.

 

About 140 students, ages 13 to 18, are enrolled at the school, which commands a tuition of more

than $3,500 a month.

Students who have attended the school in the past include Barbara Walters' daughter and Roseanne

Arnold's two daughters.
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2004, 11:10:00 AM »
ABUSE

STATE REPORT SAYS ALLEGATIONS BY FORMER STUDENTS ARE

VALID

Section: THE HANDLE

Page: B1

Author: By Kevin Keating Staff writer

The parent company for three pricey schools for troubled teens near Bonners Ferry is being sued by two

former students for fraud, racketeering and battery.

The suit was filed in District Court on Tuesday. It alleges that Rocky Mountain Academy, Northwest

Academy, Ascent and their California-based parent company, CEDU Educational Services Inc., grossly

overcharge parents, and have ill-trained staff who verbally and physically abuse students.

 

Alleged abuses include one student's arm being broken by a counselor and several students being

punished by sitting on stools in the cold for as long as two days.

School officials referred questions to their attorney, David Wohlgemuth. He said he had not seen the

complaint and could not comment on it.

The lawsuit claims the schools' counselors are paid based on how long they keep students enrolled.

Counselors receive bonus pay if they can persuade parents to transfer their children into other schools or

programs run by the company, according to the lawsuit.

Programs can cost from $6,800 a month to $16,000 for a six-week outdoor course.

Much of the lawsuit stems from information parents and lawyers received about the school after a student

riot in January 1997. Five people were injured, including students and school staff members in Bonners

Ferry.

Boundary County law enforcement was called in to quell the riot. It launched an investigation of the school,

but no charges were filed. The riot was not reported to Idaho health and welfare officials. But after reading

about the melee in the newspaper, state Child Protective Services officials launched an investigation of

Northwest Academy, a rustic outdoor program.

``It is our belief that the cause of the riot was the result of frustration by students over mistreatment by a

number of staff towards these children,'' said a health and welfare report. The report is included in the

lawsuit.

CEDU charged former student Kevin Accomazzo's parents $30 to drive their son to the hospital after a

school counselor restrained and broke the teenager's arm, the complaint said.

According to reports by health and welfare officials - included in the lawsuit - the counselor grabbed

Accomazzo and put him in a bear hug to stop him from leaving a room. He wrestled the teen to the ground,

and they both heard a ``snap.''

In their report, health officials said the counselor laid on top of Accomazzo for 10 to 15 minutes before

sending someone for medical help. After the teen's arm was put in a cast, the doctor ordered him not to lift

anything heavier than a pencil.

But Accomazzo was put back to work at the camp, chipping ice, shoveling snow and hauling pots of water,

according to the lawsuit. His arm failed to heal properly. It had to be rebroken and a plate surgically

implanted, the lawsuit said. Weeks after the surgery, Accomazzo was forced to sleep in a damp, unheated

tent.

``It is our opinion that this injury should never have occurred,'' the report by health and welfare officials

stated. They recommended Accomazzo be pulled from the school and the counselor ``should not ... work

with children in any capacity at CEDU.''

Accomazzo's broken arm was not reported to state health and welfare officials as is required by law.

The school has a consultant, Rich Donavon, to make sure it complies with state requirements. Donavon, the

former director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, claimed the broken arm was an accident and

didn't need to be reported.

``During the previous two years we have made it clear to the administrators of CEDU, including consultant

Rich Donavon, that any suspicious injury needs to be reported,'' the health and welfare report said.

``Injuries such as that experienced by Kevin Accomazzo clearly should have been reported, along with the

findings from a medical examination.''

The school was also chastised by health officials for making students sit on stools in the cold as

punishment. Some students were allegedly placed on the stools for as long as two days. ``Allegations

regarding abuse and neglect by specific employees of Northwest Academy are found to be valid,'' the

health and welfare report said. A copy of the report was sent to state officials who license the academy.

Accomazzo and his parents also claim they were bilked for thousands of dollars. The Accomazzos paid

$16,000 for a six-week outdoor program called Ascent.

In addition to tuition, the family was charged $60 to $80 a month for laundry, and $40 for their son's ride to

the dentist. A van typically took six students to Sandpoint for a dental visit, a 30-mile ride. All the students

were charged $40 for the trip, according to the lawsuit.

``These charges are exorbitant,'' said the lawsuit filed by local attorneys Steve Very and Todd Reed, who

also is a deputy prosecutor for Boundary County. They asked a judge to bar CEDU from continuing to bill

parents for ``unconscionable'' sums of money and sending out false billing statements.

Claims made by Stanton Lewis, another former student who filed suit, are similar to those of Accomazzo.

The lawsuit alleges CEDU has breached its contract by not providing the education that was promised.

The CEDU program is one of the largest employers in Bonners Ferry. Some famous troubled teens have

attended the program, including children of Barbara Walters and Roseanne Barr.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2004, 11:14:00 AM »
FEDERAL JURY SIDES WITH WOMAN IN RAPE LAWSUIT

EMPLOYER ORDERED TO PAY $164,595; COUNTY HASN'T FILED

CRIMINAL CHARGES

Section: THE HANDLE

Page: B1

Author: By Susan Drumheller Staff writer

Illustration: Color Photo

Caption: Armstrong

An ``intervention specialist'' who delivers kids to private behavioral schools and camps in North Idaho was

ordered by a federal jury to pay a former employee $164,595 for allegedly drugging and raping her.

Twila Stephenson filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Richard Armstrong of Bonners Ferry, Idaho,

in November 1996, accusing him of slipping drugs into her drinks, then raping her.

 

Armstrong runs a company called Boundary Lines, which specializes in transporting teenagers from their

homes to private schools, such as the Rocky Mountain Academy.

Stephenson worked for Armstrong as a counselor from 1993 until April 1996.

The jury deliberated for four hours after a fourday trial in Coeur d'Alene.

Jury members determined that Armstrong raped Stephenson while she was unconscious, that he caused her

to be unconscious and that the conduct was outrageous.

``We were surprised by the verdict,'' said Stanton Rines, Armstrong's attorney.

The evidence included two taped confessions, said Craig Mosman, Stephenson's attorney.

``Somebody who commits those acts ought to be in prison,'' Mosman said.

Boundary County officials never charged Armstrong, despite the fact that Mosman and Stephenson filed a

report with police and offered to provide evidence, Mosman said.

Mosman said he never discussed the case with Boundary County Prosecutor Denise Woodbury, who was

not available for comment Friday.

Stephenson has left the state and now lives and works in New Mexico, Mosman said.

She claimed she was fired after the alleged rape when she confronted Armstrong about crushing sleeping

pills into her drink after she refused to have sex with him.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2004, 11:26:00 AM »
Note that the Boundary County Prossecuter, Denise Woodberry who refused to prosecute Armstrong - was and is the wife of CEDU Admissions person - Lon Woodberry. Lon is now and esucational consultant and owns the "troubled teens" website.

Could it be that she didn't prosecute Armstrong because of a conflict of interest.

Years after this Armstrong came to BCA and escorted one of Rand's Girls out of he office in Handcuffs - He restrained he and dragged her to his truck.

Yes they still used him after the Rape.

And the main escort Chuck Selent doubles as a private investagator for GT Investigations in Spokane - He spys on staff members. I know a therapist whop complaines of Chuck taking pictures of him at BCA and trying to get into his private clinical e mails by using another employee - his secretary Lisa M

And the Soap Opera Goes On and ON  
See: http://www.teenliberty.org/Newstories.htm
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2004, 01:03:00 PM »
I was in CEDU with this guy back in 1979. I heard that after leaving he hung himself in his closet. A staff member left and put a gun in his mouth and blew his brains out (and this guy may have been one of that original Wasserman group, I'm not sure), another guy I was in with od'd on heroin but I heard it was a suicide.
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2004, 02:21:00 PM »
Such is Lon Woodberry - Could he be a "struggling Teens" or are he and his wife  struggling sociopaths?
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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2004, 07:20:00 AM »
i knew this one kid who tried to commit suicide, but failed... i think he drank detergent or something.
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2004, 07:55:00 PM »
which staff member do you think it was?  i heard that allgoods give the orders and the other followers have to do whatervr he says. my guess is that it was meltzer. allgood and meltzer had a pact after they got sued that they would lie for each other. other staff knew this and went along because according to one they were all friends and most of the cult did not want to split. most could not survive without allgood telling them what to do. some ran away and allgood would try to bring them back to demonstrate
that loyalty was everything. the excuse that was given whenever meltzer was caught molesting a kid was that he was a hard worker. the weird thing is that they would always blame the poor kid who was being molested. they were the sickest group of sociopaths and i heard they kept right on going even after they cut and run to cascade in california.
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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2004, 08:11:00 PM »
I got out in '80 and the first thing I did was take that summit workshop book to a psychiatrist and try to explain to him what was going on there :smile:. He kinda freaked out and said he was going to check into that place. I may have been one of the ones to get the ball rolling :grin:
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2004, 01:46:00 PM »
I went to cascade school as a student and we rebelled/refused and closed the school, i knew allgood and meltzer were weird, but i never heard about this. please post more info because i don't have an email address. I would like to know the full story behind the cult and how it affected Cascadde school.
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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2004, 04:04:00 PM »
i dont understand....is there any news that is current...most of this is old news....who has new stuff???
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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2004, 06:33:00 PM »
Actually, there is an investigation underway for numerous sexual assaults in 2002... I think students were involved but staff may have helped cover them up.
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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2004, 10:47:00 PM »
well i need to know what's going on now.. what staff need to be watched...i have a son in the middle school..help
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« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2004, 11:28:00 PM »
Just get your kid out. First, you will never know what really goes on there, but you can look at web sites that talk about synanon--a cult-- and see the derivation.

I understand why it is attractive to a parent, the website makes it look great.  It is also located in a beautiful setting.  But the therapy is not therapeutic--it is confrontational and abusive. Parents only get a preview of the "positive" and more flowery portions of the propheets and raps.  It is not about being honest with yourself--they take it to the extent that you feel dirty and ugly about things that are actually minor, normal, and didn't happen. (Forget about the stuff where you really did royally screw up!) You are also indoctrinated into this "group think" and your former experiences are exaggerated and twisted to such extent that reality is distorted. Also, the environment is so insulated--not just from outside contact, but from talking about the real world or dealing with the real world that it is dificult to reintegrate when you get out.

Also, emotional bullies are rewarded in this system since there is a weird set up where kids who are more powerful (often more abusive) are rewarded w/status.

CEDU is a for-profit agency--so you will get a spin job if you ask any probing questions.  A long time ago, when I went there, my parents were manipulated about my problems in an effort to keep me there... My Dad actually was starting to question this "Stepford Kid" factory and that was to his credit.

Unfortunately, many former students of this school write such bitter, vitriolic posts that you may be tempted to write them off as "former troubled teens" and discredit them--don't! There is just a tremendous lot of anger and this is a way to vent.  Also, some of the descriptions of what went on seem really far out--don't discredit those either.  

Why don't you contact the Twin Peaks Sheriff Dept. and see if they can answer your questions about the school?  Please follow through--it's better to have no regrets. Your child, if in middle school, is so impressionable.  

I don't know why he went there. Maybe some of us at this site can offers some advice if you tell us?  

I have two children now and it is so much more challenging than I ever thought it would be. There are so many factors that contribute to behavior from temperment, genetics, biology, and home and school environment.  All of it.  
 
I know that my parents sent me to CEDU (low self esteem and lack of school achievement) they did it on the advice of a therapist who never even visited the school. (By the way, visits are highly manipulated.)

When it comes to your kid, question everything.

Good luck, Shan

PS. If you really in your heart of hearts don't feel comfortable, no matter what the staff says, pull him out.  Don't offer explanations etc.  YOU are paying them. YOu don't owe them an explanation for why you don't feel it is the right place for YOUR child.  Most of us on this site have the experience of staff saying "If your kid leaves, he will fail and XYZ will happen to him,blah blah blah." This is a tactic and all of the formers staff on this site will attest to it.

You still will, however, have to deal with the problems that he had prior to CEDU, and come up with a plan for it.
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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2004, 11:31:00 PM »
I just posted and I gave you this long spiel; its all true, but the short of it is to call Twin Peaks Sheriif Dept and ask for the lead investigator of CEDU and find out.  

Also, there is a father-daughter team on this site somewhere that is part of the investigation. They are speaking out about it and you can e-mail them directly and ask some questions.  I believe she if or was quite young, so you might even know them.
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