Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch on CNN Anderson Cooper 360 (Segment 3 of 3)

After much work, dedication, and humble sacrifice by so many, CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 will be broadcasting the first of three segments tonight (March 27th, 2012). Two more segments will follow to complete this long-awaited expose of Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch and their 35 year legacy of systematic institutional abuse.

Please encourage your friends, family, and your social network to either tune in 3/27 - 3/29 at either 8pm or 10pm Eastern Standard Time, or direct them here to view, understand and decide how they will take action to protect children at Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch, and throughout the entire state of Montana.



SEGMENT 3 (Airing 3/29/12) **Two minutes shorter than what aired (minus commentary)**





Remember, your silence guarantees that the abuse at Pinehaven will continue, but your voice is every child's hope.

16 comments:

  1. I really hope this goes nation wide and people don't just watch and ignore once again! This is a battle that can be won if people open up and band together! Don't let the children who reside there now and the children to come continue to be abused! Fight for them because at this point they think their alone in their battle...let's show them different!

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  2. Haha well for all of you about to read this, I want you to know that life at Pinehaven is what you make it! Every failure or bad experience is not due to the staff or the program. It is due to the unwillingness to change. I was there for 3 and a half years of my life. Yes life was hard at moments but o well! Welcome to reality. I learned so many things from this place. How to love unconditionally, admit faults, and move on. On a side not Pinehaven is not for everyone. It is for those who wish to change and get something more out of life. Because if they hadnt screwed up in the first place there would be no need for them to be sent away. Pinehaven was the second best thing thats happened in my life. The first is my salvation in Jesus Christ, upon which I was also shown at Pinehaven through all of the staff and people visitors. I graduated with a 4.0, joined the military, and now go to Bible college. All of these things Pinehaven helped me accomplish, even after I graduated! They are not there to just help you when your there. They are in it for the long haul. And the best part about all of this, is that many of the people protesting the "abuse" were the ones that were always there saying that this was the best place to be. That this was a place they wish that they could go to when they were young. I know weird right? But what can I say, its amazing how when the tables don't turn your way how fast you make excuses. Well that's all for now. Ill be keeping in touch for anyone who would like to discus more about it:) tata

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    1. Please stop drinking the kool aid.

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    2. It has now been a few months since these segments aired. It took me some time to be able to think clearly about this without the pain or other thoughts clouding my mind or memories. Troy, I am glad to know that you had such a wonderful experience while you were a resident there; not all of us did. There were many differing levels of abuse and each person saw the world of PH in a different light, with their own spin, twist or version of events. The one thing cannot be discounted here are the alarming amount of stories, spanning multiple decades that all have the same individuals (house parents) involved and one person in particular (Bob) at the heart of it all. " Because if they hadnt screwed up in the first place there would be no need for them to be sent away." That comment is neither accurate nor is it fair. Not all the children that are or have been residents there are "screw-ups". They don't all come from broken homes. They haven't all been in trouble with the law, been addicted to drugs, exhibited provocative or shady behavior or failed out of school. Many come from Christian, two parent families and are given the koolaid and made to think it is a glorified boarding school. Many have personality differences that their parents are incapable of understanding so rather than learn about their child, they ship them off. "I graduated with a 4.0" Did you know that the diploma you were issued is worthless? Pinehaven is not an accredited High School and therefore they are not able (or allowed) to issue a true High School Diploma. That piece of paper you recieved from them is not even qualified to pass as your GED certificate and would not be accepted in the Collegiate world (even at a Community College, though I have heard one or two making into a bible college that supports PH). I am glad you found Jesus while you were there. I knew Jesus before then, and knew (before drinking the koolaid) that it was an unbiblical approach clothed in scripture. But then, so was Jonestown.

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  3. What is this attitude towards victims of abuse? Why is it that those who courageously admits to embarrassing and even horrible abuse on national TV must be further ridiculed or belittled by those that did not experience abuse and apparently feel threatened by the fact that something dark and sinister could exist in a place where good resides as well (welcome to earth).

    It is like bullying; and to date, I have never seen any of the victims of Pinehaven abuse lash out at those who didn't experience abuse with the same attitude and disregard. It is a small and insecure person that would further subject an abused person to unfair and painful words instead of standing next to them in support, or at the least showing them respect for their courage.

    Troy, I am thankful that you lived in the home you lived in, others over the years have not been blessed with the caliber of caring house parents as you had. Tell me though, how are you showing unconditional love towards those that were abused?

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  4. Troy, you said, "And the best part about all of this, is that many of the people protesting the "abuse" were the ones that were always there saying that this was the best place to be." Like you are saying now? Will you see a different side of your time there as you age?

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  5. I sit Here Baffled by the Comments of others. Yes Troy Some people were Blessed with Great House parents, But If you noticed those house parents weren't there for very long. They didn't agree with the Teachings- the Abused- the Rapes- the list could go on.
    Now i love how Tim Puts it
    "I have never seen any of the victims of Pinehaven abuse lash out at those who didn't experience abuse with the same attitude & disregard"
    Its Because we who were hurt,abused,abandoned,know the feeling and would never subject that on to someone else. Everyone can say "GOOD" came out of Pinehaven, We Made lots of friends,we learned for to cook, good grades, Others have more experiences.... But LOTS of people Didnt have that pleasure. So please be mindful of what you say. For us who have been Hurt, are still healing. We We Won't Stop till these matters are resolved!! =)

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  6. This made me cry, but mostly I am sad for Troy. I am sad for the day that will come when they descide they no longer need you, and you get treated like they do everyone else. I never suffered any physical abuse in my 5 years there either, but that doesn't mean I was blind to it happening to so many others around me. Troy I just want you to know that when you do come to the truth we will welcome you with open and loving arms. There will be no hard feelings and we will ask nothing of you in return.

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  9. i hate that this article questions why this school is allowed to go unregulated when NO behavior modification boarding school is regulated. I have been to three of them personally and only at one school did we ever get a visit from the state. The state threatened to shut them down so they kept coming back. When we knew they were coming we would have to clean all day for them but the school couldn't manage safe conditions, so they changed their name to a christian boarding reform school and the state didn't bother them. The other schools were really bad as well and they had no state regulation WHATSOEVER, they could do whatever they wanted behind their gates. There are SO many schools getting away with widespread negligence and abuse because NO ONE is checking up on the kids who aren't even allowed a phone call to their parents and whose mail is being read to make sure it doesn't say anything bad about the school

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  10. Years ago I wasn't allowed to call my folks. I was very close to my family before I went there and now almost twenty years later I am still distant from them.

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  11. I dont know what has happened on a daily basis at Pinehaven but I do know someone who works there and if they saw abuse going on they would be the first to help put a stop to it. I am not saying that something has not happened to any of you and if it really did I am sorry. But what bothers me is CNN like many other news stations take stories and go one way with them. I would like to see more of the story's of other pinehaven children and what there thoughts were. I have been to pinehaven many of times and probably sat with many of you at either church or dinner at your house on the Ranch. I know I always felt bad that you were in the situation you were to warrant you being there....

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    1. Barry...What you don't realize is that the kids you ate with or saw in church new what would happen if they said anything negetive to you or anyone about what was happening. True some kids were treated like gold while others like myself were abused. I myself was pulled down a flight of stairs, forced to bathe on my knees useing only cold water from the faucet and forced to do this infront of two other girls. When the shower was over my house"dad" pinned me against the wall and asked me if he was going to have to smell me to make sure I was clean. I was mortified. I witnessed and was forced to assist in pinning girls to the floor simply for not wanting to do dishes or for standing up for themselves when pinned. I as well as many others still suffer from painfull injuries to our minds, bodies and souls. Please dont judge the book by its cover.

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  12. To the people that were there and still there you have my heart. I lived through such a place in Texas. I still think about it 28 years later. These places play on fear from the kids and defeat from the parents. The say the devil tells the big lies about what happens inside their program and then hide behind their religion. The invisible man known as GOD, tells them in their holy book to do these things. However if you actually read the book and not try to twist the words to suit your meaning the bible is a great guide to life. I have read it 6 times and don’t pretend to understand all of it, but I don’t remember seeing anything about mental or physical tortures as being divine or accepted. I'm reasonable sure it frowns upon rape and same sex relations. They basically have total control over you no different than a jail or penitentiary they run every aspect of your life, day in and day out, you have no communication with the outside world except a phone call once a month that is monitored and can be disconnected on a whim, and mail from home that has been opened and censored by the homes staff. “TOTAL CONTROL” The child has no support system in place other than the homes staff, and thus the brain washing starts. You will read from the book or you will kneel and read from it supervised and maybe they will let you kneel with their pencil under your knee. It is easier to comply with their demands than not because they can put you in a room for days on end with recordings of preachers blaring through the speakers nonstop to further brain wash you for days on end until they feel like checking on you or beating you daily so you won’t forget who is in charge. I can say from experience don’t send you kids to any so called Christian children’s home they are better off at home, kids rebel against authority that’s what they do, you did and your kids will to. ALL of these types of places need to be shut down but at the very least regulated by someone other than themselves and the invisible man….

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  13. my bro got sent to pinehaven,and i send him letters and sometimes they dont even let him see them. i also have heard storis about pinehaven. i dont know if they are true or false. but, i hope my brother can come back so i an show him alllll these vids. my family and i really dont like these stories that we hear. i hope for the best for this family.

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