Paris Hilton’s Fight Against the ‘Troubled Teen Industry’

Paris Hilton has spoken up about the toxic, abusive schools that steal teens from their homes.

Paris Hilton, the original “It Girl” and a reality TV star known for her seemingly carefree persona, has now become an advocate discussing serious issues, specifically the two years she spent at boarding schools for so-called troubled teens.

In the early 2000s, Paris Hilton was one of the most photographed women in the world, leading a party set that included Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, and Lindsay Lohan. However, there was a darker reality behind her celebrity status.

At 16, she was sent to a series of residential facilities for troubled teens—children dealing with everything from behavioral issues to addiction problems and mental health disorders.

Paris Hilton clarifies that she was not a bad kid but rather a normal 16-year-old girl who rebelled against her strict parents by sneaking out and getting bad grades. A therapist recommended these schools to her parents, who later discovered that the therapist received commissions for sending children to these places.

Like many children who attend these schools, Paris Hilton’s experience involved being taken from her home by strangers in the middle of the night—an experience she equated to an authorized kidnapping.

Paris Hilton’s Haunting Experience

At 4:30 in the morning, two large men shook her awake and threatened her with handcuffs, an experience she initially thought was a kidnapping. She could hardly believe that such people existed who could treat children this way and get away with it for so long.

She ended up at Provo Canyon School, which is marketed as an “intensive, psychiatric youth residential treatment center.” However, she describes her time there as a living hell. In her newly released autobiography, “Paris: The Memoir,” she alleges she was subjected to inappropriate treatment by male staff and forced to undergo invasive exams.

Paris Hilton also recounts being force-fed medication and punished with isolation in a cold cell when she resisted taking her pills.

Paris Hilton’s Fight for the Future Generation

The owners of Provo Canyon School responded to these allegations by stating that the school was sold in 2000, and they could not comment on its operations or student experiences prior to that time. They also stated that they do not condone or promote any form of abuse.

Now at 42 and a mother to a two-month-old son, Phoenix, Paris Hilton’s perspective on the troubled teen industry has hardened. She is determined to protect her son and other children from such experiences. Hilton has become a leading figure in a movement campaigning to shut down troubled teen schools across America.

She has helped introduce new laws in Utah that limit the use of restraints, drugs, and isolation rooms in youth treatment programs. These laws also require facilities to document instances where physical restraints and seclusion are used.

Paris Hilton is now pushing for changes at the national level, advocating for proper licensing and background checks for staff in these facilities. She is confident that by continuing to fight, they will succeed in making significant changes, driven by her determination that they messed with the wrong girl.

Courtesy of Sky News


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