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Mission Mountain School / Dr Drag moved on, Tom Wilcox arrives
« on: January 17, 2007, 08:05:47 PM »
My experience both as a student, as well as a staff member are just experience.  It's not bashing when it's true.  I am clear about the things that did and did not go on at MMS during my contact from 93' all the way until 99'.  I have had no greater sadness then when I realized that the lessons taught to me as a student were not applicable to me as a staff member of MMS.  Cutting my ties with that place was a horrible experience.  I believed in MMS, their mission, their vision, etc... I really did.  I'm so glad others have had excellent experiences there.  Mine however was not.  But it is my experience.  If anyone ever contacts me or my family regarding the school, they will not choose to send their daughters there.

Mission Mountain School / dang
« on: August 07, 2006, 07:17:46 PM »
"Maybe I will go cruise the domestic violence courts and turn in my man for one who is going to ' make me strong'."

I think it quite funny that some one who doesn't even identify themselves would write the above statement.  Attacking past students of MMS is pointless to our increase awareness of the practices at MMS, to find resolutions and to make them better.  In my own opinion, so long as Mercer runs the school it will be fucked up.  But why the fuck would I attack Kerry and make some bullshit statement to further demean her.  "Cruising the domestic violence courts"....Damn.  That's just mean.  Kerry has guts to come out and speak her mind.  My hate towards MMS runs quite deep, but that does not mean that it's cool to attack someone who disagrees with me.  I did leave that place with a ton of life-long friends...let's try to keep that in mind amongst all the shit flinging back and forth. In addition, if you want people to share their experiences and help out in "the cause" don't piss them off.

Mission Mountain School / f'in Marm!
« on: July 25, 2006, 01:26:51 PM »
I do remember you having at least one cool pair of jeans.  They were so cool infact evreyone wanted them and that one chick in your cabin stole them, ripped the label off and sported them as if they were her own.  You were no cookie cutter Marm, you had style even back then.

Miss you!

Mission Mountain School / Dr Drag moved on, Tom Wilcox arrives
« on: July 13, 2006, 11:30:12 PM »
"They also underwent a variety of staff changes at the end of last year and now have some new people on board to help them carry out their mission and vision"

Does this surprise anyone...classic MMS

Staff turnover..."oh it must be because the staff have their own issues and can't handle being at the school."

Crazy, classic shit.  I love it.  Let us all remember the constant...Mr. Mercer.

People don't leave because they can't handle the girls, they leave because they love them, and can no longer stand Johns treatment/mistreatment. You're fucked if you're a staff and you have an opinion, let's face it.  Even poor Gary  wasn't aloud to say a word.  

We'll see they same article in a year.

Mission Mountain School / Missing Alumni
« on: July 07, 2006, 06:29:00 PM »
Where is Katie H. and Kaywin P.?  and yeah what about Melissa R.?  I spoke with her probably in 96', but not since then.  Jesus, that makes me feel old!

Mission Mountain School / try and look at it this way
« on: July 05, 2006, 02:21:00 PM »
I've said it sum it all up: "Fuck em' all". I have no need to argue about anything.  My views about MMS haven't changed since I left there in 99'.  My opinion will never waiver.

Mission Mountain School / Get together?
« on: June 06, 2006, 02:23:00 PM »
Thank You!  I'm excited about becoming a mom.  Now that I'm thirty, I figured I'd better do it before my ovaries dry up.  Sarah H. you look awesome!  Take care, La

Mission Mountain School / Get together?
« on: June 05, 2006, 01:50:00 PM »
I would love to see my friends from MMS.  I think a nuetral place would be fabulous!  I don't want to go back to Montana... so I'm divorced now, will be remarried in July to a fellow that works at Microsoft as well...go figure.  Also having a baby in December.  I live in Vallejo, in northern Cali., close to many girls who went to MMS. Glad to hear all is well with you.

Take Care.

Mission Mountain School / no talks
« on: March 20, 2006, 02:16:00 PM »
There were a couple Ashlee's at the school with that spelling.  Is this Ashlee from Ross?  Hotdog if it is. I'd love to hear what your'e up to.

Mission Mountain School / Makes me sick
« on: December 14, 2005, 04:40:00 PM »
I reccommend Blue Star Ointment.

Mission Mountain School / no talks
« on: October 21, 2005, 05:42:00 PM »
I left Sepetember 99.

Mission Mountain School / no talks
« on: October 21, 2005, 12:58:00 PM »
In reference to the anon. above that mentioned the therapist being "over-ruled" by john...any good staff quit/or was fired despite caring for the girls.  I would have devoted my life to that school & cared about most of the girls that went there.  I had such a deep connection with that place and was so proud and hopeful when I became a staff. I interned there two summers in a row, then went to work permanently there in 98'. After being completely humiliated and "set-up" as the "scary abusive staff" I left that place completely torn down. I had made so many connections with so many girls. I spent a lot of my time there...I went to school there 93-94', interned 96/97 and then worked there permanently starting in 98. Regardless,I knew a lot of cool chaps.  After leaving, I couldn't talk with anyone from there. Just like all of those before me, and all of those after me...set up as the bad guy by John so he could look like the rescuer and once again gain control of the environment.  I am so saddened by my experience working at the school that I would never again recommend it to anyone.  The place I used to credit for saving my life I would never recommend to a anyone! I learned a lot...I learned that the place I had once loved was a complete sham and when all the other staff gave up and finally let John have his way it only got worse.  I remember I used to get to laugh with Colleen...she was so fun, so awesome..and she and Deb would joke together and I remember hoping I would someday have a friendship like theirs when I was an adult. But the longer they were isolated out there in Condon, the more like John she became.  It's a damn shame.  I could go on forever...this experience will truly never leave me.  The only thing I can say is fuck em' because it's too painful to discuss.  And if your a staff and your opinion differs from John's , especially about a out.  He will set you up.  As a staff you see him do it to everyone else and may think it will never happen to you but it will.  Nine people left the year after I did.  So, take it for what it's worth, disagree, agree, I don't care.  All I know is I used to really care about that place and now I will never step foot in Montana again because of it. and yeah, this site gets pretty out of hand sometimes.  But I'm thankful for it...there was a lot of out of hand shit that went on at that place and no one seems to acknowledge it. No one, no place, no thing has ever hurt me as much as John Mercer did. Yes, it's true...No one, no place, no thing has ever hurt me as much as John Mercer did. All this shit about there being molestation, etc...I never saw anything like that ever.  What I did see was the behavior. I trusted John, believed what he said. He used that and manipulated it just like a classic abuser does.  I read what others say about him and I don't dispute it.  I'm happy for Betsy, and other people who had a good experience with him and the school. I'm glad they were spared.  But for me, as a 29 year old women with a pretty amazing experience was not good and to this day it makes my stomach hurt. I am happy that after all of these years I get to talk with girls I thought I would never see again in my life.

Mission Mountain School / Missing Alumni
« on: August 26, 2005, 01:24:00 PM »

I'm well.  I live in Vallejo Ca, work as a manager and a director for perinatal education and womens health for a large HMO.  

I don't really have much to say about MMS.  It has been a long time. Being a staff, well I found out it's not something I would ever want to do as a career.  I'm appreciated and respected at my current job, and have been here since the end of 99 and I still dig it.  

Like I said Kit-Kat, I don't have much to say about MMS.  It was a different deal for everyone, I'm over it. So call it a no-talk, or whatever...
but when I say fuck em' I mean I have written the school off as well as the administration.  So, no I didn't go to the reunion, the invitation specified "for supporters" of MMS.  

I hope all is well with you.

Mission Mountain School / Missing Alumni
« on: August 23, 2005, 08:02:00 PM »
The only Kat I know I think of  every time I see blu star ointment.
I don't talk with anyone from the school except Mike and Deb.  They will always be pretty amazing to me.  After their son died though, I didn't feel like talking with anyone.  I just saw Mike and Deb last week for the first time since right after J died.  

Tamara rocks, but I haven't seen her in a few years, I miss lot's of girls from there. But I don't miss the school.  Fuck em.  
I have a great attachment to the environment & many of the students but beyond that I could give a rat's ass.  

I hope all is well with everyone.

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