Randall Hinton was arrested. What were his qualifications to "direct" a school? Not much.
There are two suits going against the organizations Robert Lichfield has invested. One is specific to Ivy Ridge; the other is broader.
Class action suit (The "Wood Complaint"): (defendants include Lichfield, Ken Kay, Karr Farnsworth, David Gilcrease, and "John Does I through XX).
I imagine Hinton will be one of the Does.
Class action suit specific to Ivy Ridge
- 1974 (perhaps 1975) -- Randall Hinton born (source: news articles on his arrest, which state his age as 32). Hinton is a member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.
- 1992 -- 18 years old-- high school graduation (assuming that he was 18 when he graduated).
- 1992--"shortly after finishing high school" Hinton began working with troubled teens (source: article, "Kemper Proposal Questioned" by Steve Rock published in the Kansas City Star on April 9, 2005). He was probably employed at Brightway Adolescent Hospital. He claims to have been a Psychiatric Technician under Dr. Delbert T. Goates (source: bio, below).
- 1992--Delbert Goates is also the attending psychiatrist at Cross Creek Manor (source: "Seen & Heard" at StrugglingTeen.com)
- 1995(?) At Cross Creek (source: bio, below)
- 1996--Hinton took a few computer science courses at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. (source: )
- 1996--Spring Creek Lodge in Montana opens. Hinton was at one point the Assistant Director. (Sources: WWASPSinfo.net, Hinton's biography). Ownership is confusing.
- 1997--Tranquility Bay (WWASPS facility in Jamaica) opens. The ownership is confusing--Jay Kay, a college dropout and bankrupt, is listed as owner. His father, Ken Kay. Randall Hinton was the Assistant Director. Hinton admits using pepper spray on students. (source: April 5 2005 article by John Sullivan; the French documentary Les Enfants Perdus du Tranquility Bay: "the film also includes an interview with a man identified as former TB assistant director Randall Hinton, who stated he and Jay Kay used pepper spray. "I think I can remember Layne being pepper-sprayed more than once a day. I know he was pepper-sprayed more than two times a day. I don't think it would have been more than three times ... and from somebody on the outside looking in, I would say it would be abusive."" )
- 1998--Brightway closed (sources: various)
- 1998--Carolina Springs Academy opened (sources: Shackford article, Hinton bio). Hinton part of start-up staff; school is owned by Robert Lichfield's brother, Narvin Lichfield.
- 2001--Hinton was the start-up Director for the Academy at Dundee Ranch in Costa Rica. The facility was owned by Narvin Lichfield. Some published reports indicate the profit margin was as high as 50%. (sources: ) As of January 12, 2007, the old Academy at Dundee Ranch was still online at http://www.dundeeranch.org/ and http://www.academydundee.org/index.html
- Students said Mr. Lichfield set up a system typical of Wwasps programs. Children were divided into six levels, the lower ones forbidden to speak freely or raise their eyes, the higher ones free to discipline and punish inferiors. A muscular cadre of minimum-wage staff members enforced the system.
- 2002--June--Left Dundee Ranch and "severed" relations with WWASPS and the Lichfield group. (sources: various, including Hinton's bio.)
- 2002: Started up the White River Adventure (ownership confusing "s
- 2004: At the White River Adventure program in (source: April 11 2005 article by Shannon Burke
- 2005 (March?)--Moves to Boonville, Missouri to work on the acquisition of the former Kemper Military Academy, to be a "school for troubled teens". (Source: KC Star article April 9, 2005). In the article claims to have attended Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, and studied psychology (bio also claims he studied psychology). DCS has no record of him having completed any courses in psychology.
- 2005--November. Octwell LLC (a Utah limited-liability company that also owns Red River Academy in Louisiana) purchases a closed school facility in Canon City, Colorado, first called "Royal Peak Academy" later "Royal Gorge Academy" (source: Canon City Record)
- February 2006--Hinton the "director" of Royal Gorge Academy
- January 2007--Hinton arrested for abuse.
- 199?-200?--Hinton worked for Teen Help (the marketing arm for the WWASPS/Lichfield group of facilities) for three years.
Randall Hinton is a husband to a beautiful wife and a father to two daughters and one son. He was employed by Brightway Adolescent Hospital to serve as a Psychiatric Technician under Dr. Goates, Child Psychiatrist for two years. He then went to Cross Creek Programs to work with Students in their Youth Leadership Program for one year. He assisted in establishing Spring Creek Lodge, Montana; Tranquility Bay, Jamaica; and Carolina Springs Academy, South Carolina, as the Assistant Director for each facility. He has worked in the Marketing Department (Teen Help) for 3 years helping parents place their children into the WWASPS Programs. Randall, as the Director, organized the facility and staff of The Academy at Dundee Ranch in Costa Rica. Randall left Dundee Ranch and the WWASP Organization June of the year two thousand and two. He has worked with at risk youth for the past ten years. Randall studied Psychology at Dixie State College. He has now dedicated his life to producing a better atmophere for young men and serving families in need.
Tribune article by John Sullivan publishedApril 5, 2005, reprinted at ISACS
Tribune article by John Sullivan publishedApril 15, 2005, reprinted at WWASPSinfo.net
Reprint of article by Shannon Burke published April 11, 2005, reprinted by ISACS
SF Chronicle article, March 19 1998 by on Brightway closure, reprinted by ISACS
Free Times (Columbia SC) article by Scott Shackford's Article (undated)
Kansas City Star article by Steve Rock published April 9 2005 reprinted at WWASPSInfo.net.
Diablo Magazine article by Mark MacNamara published February 1999, republished at WWASPSinfo.net.
New York Times article by Tim Weiner published September 6 2003, republished at WWASPSinfo.net