A generation of former students who say they suffered abuse, humiliation and other horrors at the for-profit, remote schools that make up the “troubled teen” industry are getting their revenge thanks to Paris Hilton.
The socialite — whose new YouTube documentary, “This is Paris,” reveals her dark past — was sent in 1995 to one such place, the CEDU school in California.
Hilton, now 39, fled by reportedly calling her grandfather Conrad Hilton to come get her. She escaped another school by jumping a flight of stairs. In 1996, she was sent to a lockdown facility, Provo Canyon, in Utah, until she was 18. There, Hilton alleges, she was beaten by staffers, prescribed unknown pills and forced into solitary confinement for almost 20 hours.
At least one former counselor admits to loathing Hilton.
“She was the absolute worst,” Randolph Roye, a former teacher and counselor at the now-defunct CEDU school in Running Springs, Calif., told The Post. “She was the biggest, most hysterical bitch . . . She was impossible. She wouldn’t do anything we asked her to do.”
But the rebelliousness Roye remembered also helped Hilton survive the schools — and later thrive. She says in the film that the nightmarish experience motivated her to become so rich and successful that no one would ever control her again.
Fallout from the film could help put the brakes on a largely-unregulated, billion-dollar industry that, experts say, preys on vulnerable kids and parents.
Celebrities including Roseanne Barr, Barbara Walters, Graham Nash, Farrah Fawcett and members of the Eagles have sent their children to these facilities.
Teens are often forcibly taken from their homes by security officers and shipped off to schools, sometimes not seeing their parents for two years. Calls and letters are monitored — and kids are threatened with punishment if they tell their families what is going on, according to a number of former students interviewed by The Post.
“It was horrific,” Jen Robison, 31, who attended Provo Canyon School from 2003 to 2005, said. “They isolated us, they put us in restraints, they forcibly drugged us with [antipsychotic] drugs like haloperidol.”
Provo Canyon School said in a statement that the facility was sold in 2000 and school officials can not comment on the past owners but do not “condone or promote any form of abuse.”
Robison is one of the organizers of Breaking Code Silence, a social-media movement encouraging alumni to share testimonials.
“[These schools] say they provide therapy but what most of them do is punish the kids if they do one little thing wrong like make a bed wrong,” Robison claimed. “They take advantage of desperate parents who have no idea what happens at the schools.”
Places like Provo Canyon are now owned by corporations such as Universal Health Services that have profited handsomely from the system — not only by getting parents to fork over more than $7,000 per month, but also collecting money from Medicaid so foster children and other “unwanted” kids can be dumped there.