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Oct 26, 2012
Richard:
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

The Vs worked as a team, a team of abusers that operated without any boundaries. They were free to do as they pleased. They were sadistic and seemed to take great pleasure in the abuse they inflicted. They changed the rules of the game to keep you all off balance and to give them an excuse to be abusive. This is so typical of serial abusers. You and the others were so young and vulnerable in that horrific place. There were no policies in effect to ensure the safety and well-being of their charges. Everyone seemed to turn a blind eye. It was a target-rich environment for abusers and pedophiles. The principal was an enabler, choosing to believe the abusers when there was clear evidence of abuse. Punishing you all for coming forward sent the message to the Vs that they would be able to continue their mistreatment with impunity. You didn't stand a chance in that cesspool. Not all residential schools are like this, but the circumstances of such schools put all children at risk, unless there are clear policies and checks and balances to ensure that each child is treated with dignity and respect; dignity and respect that you all deserve but never received. If you aren't already in some form of therapy or counselling, I urge you to consider it. You didn't deserve to be abused. You certainly deserve help for the fact that you were. I sent you love, light and healing energy, Richard. Thank you for sharing your story with my visitors and me.

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Oct 26, 2012
Thank you Darlene
by: Richard, MHS1981

Thank you for proof reading this and making it acceptable to share.
It took me a little while to decide to come forward about the abuses that happen to me and others at Milton Hershey School.
And I wish I could say that I was surprised by being attacked by the Milton Hershey School Alumni Association and their supporters for coming forward, but in the end, they can attack me all they wish. The truth is the truth, they just don’t want people to see the truth as they blindly support the school and chant “Magic Happens Here Every Day”.
A classic example of this is the Charles Koon’s case, a serial pedophile that the children had reported to school as early as the 1980’s, and then again in the 1990’s a parent filed a complaint with the school and the local police department, the school and police department just covered it up.
Koon’s wasn’t arrested until almost ten years later when he was arrested by another police department and that police department tied some of the kids in his photo collection to the school. If it wasn’t for the Middletown Police Department stepping up, the kids Koon’s abused would still be ignored by the school. Just think of it, if the school would had worried more about the kids than they did about the reputation of the school Koon’s would have been stopped almost ten years earlier.
Once again, thank you for your assistance and posting this.
Richard
MHS 1981


Oct 28, 2012
The Horror
by: Anonymous

Richard, I honestly must say that your story is one of the most disturbing stories I've ever read.

Your teachers, what a sad, sorry bunch they were, just grabbing for a victim who would give them whatever they wanted. Their behavior must've sent a strong message that they had no intention of helping themselves/changing their dysfunctional lives for any reason at all, no matter how nice you were to them. Even though they might pretend sometimes, they just didn't care. Help yourself instead of them; they were the adults who needed to help themselves; if they weren't going to help themselves, that's their issue.

Oh, and you reaching out to the principal was just like going back to the same lion's den over and over again, hoping for a different result each time; they actually wanted you to do that because it gave them someone to bully, which they seemed to get a high from. You might want to recognize their unhealthy behavior in order to help yourself and others who might be in the same situation as yourself. For starters, never be alone with abusers again.

I hope you're in a safe place now, that you try counselling and that you look into reporting the entire school for their crimes against students; no more secrets can help end the cycle of abuse and helplessness.

Oct 29, 2012
Richard,
by: AnonymousT

I'm so sorry this happened to you. You didn't deserve any of it and I hope you came to that realization sooner rather than later.
My son is in 3rd grade and I just cannot imagine him being hurt like that. When I see him step off the bus he's getting an extra big hug today.

Thank you for sharing your story and thank you for not keeping THEIR secret. Bravo to you & your bravery.

T

Oct 31, 2012
To Anonymous and Anonymous T.
by: Richard, MHS1981

Thank you for your kid words and support, the couple, the V’s were my house parents, they are a couple that the school hires to run a student home. I was fortunate to have a few very good teachers, however that isn’t to say that there hasn’t been incidents between other children and teachers, because there has.
As far as dealing with what happen to me, I have and I know that it was the sick individuals fault who are to blame and the schools administration and its policy of covering up and keeping silent that caused and continues to cause abuses of the children of Milton Hershey School to remain hidden and the abusers escaping justice as the school covers up everything for the sake of their reputation.
Heck I have even been the target of harassment by the Milton Hershey School Alumni Association and their supports who have taken to creating fake accounts in order to carry out their attacks since I have dared to speak out and not go along with the MHS Code Of Silence.

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