Paris Hilton recently revealed she suffered years of abuse at multiple schools across the country, one of which is in Utah.
What’s going on?
Hilton said she went under emotional and physical pain while at Provo Canyon School in the ’90s.
- “I buried my truth for so long. But I’m proud of the strong woman I’ve become. People might assume everything in my life came easy to me, but I want to show the world who I truly am.”
- “It was supposed to be a school, but (classes) were not the focus at all. From the moment I woke up until I went to bed, it was all day screaming in my face, yelling at me, continuous torture.”
- She said the school put children in solitary confinement “sometimes 20 hours a day.” Hilton said she felt “like a prisoner” and “hated life” while she lived there.
How Provo Canyon School responded:
Provo Canyon School sent a statement in an email to the Deseret News:
“Originally opened in 1971, Provo Canyon School was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on the operations or patient experience prior to this time.
“Provo Canyon School today is an intensive, psychiatric residential treatment center for youth between the ages of 8 and 18 that have special, and often complex, mental health and emotional needs. We offer innovative, evidence-based therapeutic interventions, academic instruction and life-skills training tailored to the needs of each of our students. Leadership and staff are highly committed to providing effective treatment, compassionate care and a nurturing environment for the students and families we serve. Provo Canyon School is licensed by the State of Utah and the Department of Human Services; it is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and The Joint Commission.”