Paris Headed to Posh School for Troubled Kids
Jackson not ready to go home, family fears
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2013 9:48 AM CDT
This Jan. 26, 2012 file photo shows Paris Jackson, daughter of late pop icon Michael Jackson, during the hand and footprint ceremony honoring her father at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

(Newser) – The next stop for Paris Jackson, who is currently still at UCLA Hospital following her suicide attempt: Diamond Ranch Academy, a treatment center/boarding school in Utah for troubled kids. Mother Debbie Rowe and grandmother Katherine Jackson don't think the 15-year-old is ready to go home, and they also want to keep her from social media and tabloid reports about her struggles. A security team is being put in place at the ranch, reports the Sun, which describes it as a "$10 million" facility, though it's not clear exactly what that means.

Paris "was in a terrible state and her family know it would not take much to tip her over the edge again," says a source. "They are terrified she will have a major relapse if she has access to Twitter and the Internet again—especially with all the shocking information that is coming out in the AEG wrongful death court case" related to dad Michael Jackson. Diamond Ranch Academy specializes in treating depression and grief. Meanwhile, Paris' brother Prince is at his own renowned school—he just earned his Jiu Jitsu blue belt at Beverly Hills' "legendary" Gracie Academy, TMZ reports.

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Jul 11, 2013 3:10 PM CDT
Sure doesn't look like a place that engages in child abuse. They actually seem really transparent. I've heard the negative things about this place and tried to find anything substantial but it all seems like angry kids being solicited by activist groups who blindly attack places like these.
Jul 9, 2013 2:18 AM CDT
The one thing the media has missed on this story is all of the accounts of child abuse at Diamond Ranch Academy. Just google the name and abuse reports will come up on the first page. The owners are named as brutally abusing children, as well as uneducated staff participating as well. Once Paris Jackson is inside DRA, she will be allowed no contact with the outside world; no way to report if she is being abused or witnessing other kids being abused. I fear for her safety. DRA routinely puts all new students through "O&A", this stands for Observation & Assessment. It used to be more appropriately called "Homeless", but DRA euphemistically changed the name. According to kids who went there, this is a phase that the kid cannot sit, stand, eat, go to the bathroom, etc., without permission. They are fed substandard food and kept hungry all the time, they are kept in virtual isolation and are not allowed to speak to anyone. It's a way to break a kid's spirit and scare them into compliance. They can be kept on O&A as long as the staff likes, until they are totally compliant. Does this sound therapeutic, especially for a child who has tried to commit suicide? Do your own research, it's all out there. If anyone on your team would like to do a story, please contact me at I'm happy to provide more info and put them in touch with kids who attended DRA and are willing to speak about their experiences there.
Jul 8, 2013 11:17 PM CDT
With the kind of money she has access to, and she is unhappy---yeah, she is seriously ill. Fortunately, she is a member of an extremely rich family, and millions of people care about her. She is not one of those who face depression in poverty, those whom know one cares about, not evern their own families....I don't think she is one of those kids whose parents try to punish the depression out of....And she will get first rate medication, not the ineffective poisons given to poor people to shorten their tenure in this world....Prognosis is excellent....She just has to find a more healthy way to become the center of attention.....AEG is to blame, too; some of the millions they eventually pay should help.....Unhappy poor people--no medical problem------Unhappy rich people, yeah, there is treatment available.