YouTube recently released a documentary about Paris Hilton titled This is Paris. In the revealing film, Hilton describes a traumatic experience from her past in a youth care center. That’s why the entrepreneur and former reality star is demanding that the facility be closed forever.
In Paris Hilton’s documentary, the perfume and makeup mogul conjures up horrible memories at a young age
Hilton’s recent YouTube documentary This is Paris it portrays a completely different view of the media personality from what many people have seen in the past. The former protagonist of the reality show The simple life tells her traumatic story of being sent to a behavior modification school in Provo Canyon, Utah, as a teenager. In This is Paris, Hilton recalls a torturous experience during her 11 months at school, where counselors monitored boys’ bathroom and shower use and verbally abused them. He also claims that the staff put his solitary confinement in solitary confinement.
After seeing the doctor, entrepreneur and tattoo artist Kat Von D followed the post on Instagram. He detailed details horribly similar to Hilton’s. Von D’s parents also sent her to Provo Canyon for 6 months, which the LA Ink star gave her “severe post-traumatic stress disorder.”
“… it was definitely the most traumatic six months of my life,” he shared in the Instagram video.
Other Provo Canyon alumni cite similar allegations
However, it’s not just celebrities who are speaking out against school. The facility has been open for 50 years and a string of allegations have plagued Provo Canyon.
“There is a pattern of controversy and allegations of abuse spanning the 1980s to the present in one of Utah’s largest residential youth treatment centers,” reported the Salt Lake Tribune.
Provo Canyon remained open in the midst of “more lawsuits” and even “state threats to withdraw its license.”
The publication spoke to 8 Provo Canyon alumni, reporting their claims that closely resembled those of Hilton and Von D’s. According to the Tribunal:
They spoke of repeated physical restrictions, with up to 10 staff members piling up on young children. Some were chemically sedated, or so medicated that they felt like a zombie. Others spoke of being left in isolation rooms for days after getting in trouble for things like not getting out of bed or asking for an inhaler.
Von D stated in her Instagram post that Provo Canyon seeks to discharge its responsibility by referring to a change in school ownership as both makeup entrepreneurs attended.
According to FOX, Provo Canyon posted a statement on their website citing that “the previous owners sold the school in 2000”.
“We are committed to providing high-quality care to young people with special, and often complex, emotional, behavioral and psychiatric needs,” they continued.
But that doesn’t mean that these schools – of which there are several, operating throughout the United States (Hilton who has attended several herself) – are for-profit institutions. Meaning: They are making money with troubled teens and their parents’ concern for their children.
Paris Hilton is now openly protesting the school in Utah
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According to FOX, Hilton recently took her efforts from the screen to the real world by leading an in-person protest against Provo Canyon.
Hilton and other demonstrators wore T-shirts decorated with the words “survivor” and “break the silence in code”. The latter, FOX reports, is “a reference to Hilton’s new campaign to force others to shed light on what she believes is a corrupt industry that manipulates parents and traumatizes young people.”
In a speech to the other protesters, Hilton said:
It’s something so traumatic that you don’t even want to think it’s real. It is something that I have blocked from my memory forever.