Scientology Drug Rehab Program's Newest Victim: A New York 15-Year-Old - 2013-01-05
From the Rainbow Canyon website Scientology's drug rehab facilities have been much in the news lately for several lawsuits that have questioned the way these "Narconon" programs treat adults who go to them seeking treatment for their addictions. Now, a Narconon center in Nevada is being sued by a family over the experiences of their fifteen-year-old.
On March 8, Mark and Nicole Peet, residents of upstate New York, sent their son to the Rainbow Canyon Retreat, a Narconon drug rehab center that relies on the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The young man was back home by May 13. In the lawsuit they filed in Nevada on November 21, the Peets allege that their son (whose name we're withholding because of his age) went through disturbing mistreatment at the hands of older patients, including "branding" him with a hot iron.
The Peets are suing to get back the $39,000 they paid Rainbow Canyon, and are also asking for punitive damages, alleging that their son was so affected by his experience at the facility, it led to his attempting suicide on September 5.