You can rest assured that the extreme and exagerated stories are the rantings and ravings of people who are looking to blame something, anything for the present condition of their life. It is much easier to point the finger rather than accept responsibility for our choices. Obviously, being such a self-destructive brat that you need a reformatory boarding school indicates that any discipline is not fun, however it was in no way harmful or traumatizing. I truly pity those students who fail to take any good away from what could have been a foundation to a successful life. I hated MP when I arrived for an entire year I was resistent. As a student who worked through every ranking, including being single and married staff, I can assure you I would have seen SOMETHING at some point in the 6 years I was there- by choice by the way. As for myself, I can guarentee 100% that as a staff member I was fully and entirely dedicated to my students and I NEVER would have let anyone hurt them. They would have had to go through me. While I no longer live the "mountain park lifestyle" I still use the tools I learned such as honesty, hard work, interpersonal and leadership skills every day. I graduated with top honors from the university of california and I am now pursuing my Masters at a prestigious university.