Hello All, I am new to this forum but stumbled across it trying to regain some clarity surrounding my lost youth in the wild mountains of New Mexico. I was shipped off to MK Ranch School in May of 2000 and remember it well as we watched george bush's inauguration on tv in the dining room of the boys dorms. I was sent there for many reasons and refusing to comply with the general wishes of my parents and teachers..nothing out of the ordinary for an average 13-year old right? Upon ariving at the ranch, i remember being taken aback by how secluded it was, hidden in the mountains of the gila natl. forest in south west NM. I remember looking around and thinking, "no where to run now.." and thinking about how i would escape back to my home town of Santa Cruz, California. They used to call kids who tried to run away "rabbits" and i remember hearing "We got a Rabbit!" constantly across the radio system they had, which also included a coded alphabet for student and staff's names and important information, in case any 3rd parties were "listening in" on the radio frequency..Paranoid much?? lol There was a shop attached to the side of the massive barn used as the classroom, and i remember vividly the characters who were hired on as ranch hands or help with all the work to be done across the massive property, which included Paso Fino horses and cattle. The massive Hay barn had to be re-stocked frequently and required the labor of nearly 10 boys or girls who were hurling hundreds of massive 80-110lb hay bales for hours on end. The work never seemed to end. Month-Long labor camping trips in the Gila with the Forest Service, laying wire fence for miles and learning to clean dishes with dirt. I remember getting yelled at to "Get Back On Decks" and getting sent to the cabin for fighting or out-ethics behavior. It must have been helpful to keep kids who have graduated the program on staff, who are underage, who can thereby legally put hands on other kids and beat them and scare them into submission. When you tried to tell your parents what was really going on, and how you were really being treated, some maggot named Lance would take the phone and tell them its all lies and dramatizations, and that everything is fine and that you need to finish your program. MEMORIES: I remember some fat bitch named Jean who worked in treasury who I had to see once a week so they could dish my money out for store-run, and her daughter Jocelyn who everyone hated cause she was a snitch and her mom was staff. Randy and Molly baxter i hope ur happy u ruined hundreds of kids lives, forever scarring their minds and forever altering their perception of reality. By the way, I still havent received my refund..LOL! Uncle Mike Miller, you were an asshole. And you were NEVER any uncle of mine. You are the reason that the ranch failed. You cant make knives worth anything, which says a lot, beacuse you can tell the quality of a man, by the quality of his work. Go to hell, I hope you're already there. Dean, you were RAD! I miss u man, i hope youre still alive brother, I hope you made it! Dean was an older vietnam vet who moved from LA to work at the Ranch in NM, he worked in the shop as well as helping around the grounds with Dominic. He was a recovering alcoholic and was shunned by the rest of the staff, but he was totally awesome! Charlie Brand good job bro! Miniature tigers is awesome haha, glad u made it out on the sunnyside bro! Some other names and people I remember: Sean - Orange County CA - Signed on staff after graduation, known as the shittiest ethics officer ever. Trey - Spring, Texas - This dude was like 7ft tall and a total maniac, also kept as staff to help intimidate and force kids thru their program and known to get physically violent. Nick G. - Seattle WA - Nick was my homie, we were way into punk and politics with Jake from NYC Jake B. - NYC - Jake was the most politically involved person at the ranch, for sure. Punk, Vegan etc Jamie - NYC - Jamie was a re-tread and had came back to the ranch after graduating years before, He was known for getting hammered drunk off vodka and getting a DUI on a scooter riding around Reserve..HAhahahahaha Roman - Russia? - Roman was tight, he had a Purple Bubble, hahahaha Layla - Bay Area CA - Layla was crazy Filipino chick straight lokester Josh - Detroit - Detroit Josh was such a pain in the ass, i remember when he got beat up by Bryant lol, I think Sean beat his ass up at the cabin too! I remeber it late one night, you could hear the screams.. Bryant - Newark, NJ - Bryant was i think the only black dude i saw at the ranch, he was chill Leanna W. - Sacramento/Bay Area, CA - Leanna was a little Nortena' chick from the bay area, Hella crazy Brooke - LA - Brooke was awesome, she had huge tits haha Elliot - Texas - Elliot was chill, we skated all the time and built ramps together on the basketball slab and skated rails all the time. We got caught smoking banana peels in the purif hahaha that dude did so much acid and he was only like 15 I never graduated the ranch, my parents pulled me out after literally running out of money and watching as the school was falling apart at the seams, I went on to graduate the Narconon program later in life and will always remeber my experiece at the MK. Not many people understand what we went through out there, it was tough to say the least. I can definitely say is has formed my character today and honestly helped prepare me for how screwed up the world really is. I think about it a lot and smile, and honestly sometimes i cry too. That place stole something from me i cant ever get back, before i had a chance to know what that was.. If you saw your name here, reply! Long time no see, i wish we could have re-united with everyone and burned that place to the ground! All we wanted to do was GO HOME!!!!