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Hi, my name is Roy. I am 15 years old and I am pretty new at Boys Ranch Town. Iâ€™ve been here for about a month and a half. I am originally from Oklahoma City and I have two sisters. If I had to describe my family, I think I am a pretty lucky guy because I come from a loving and a caring family. My grandparents raised me and my sisters. We are grateful for them caring for us.
As I grew up, I started getting in trouble. I didnâ€™t listen to adults. I had a disrespectful attitude and was making bad choices in school. I ended up staying in Juvenile Detention for a couple of days. It was a horrifying experience. I decided I really wanted to change my actions, and I was thrilled when my grandparents picked me up and took me back home. However, I knew I would end up in some kind of facility.
So, one morning I woke up to a new reality. My grandparents told me they were taking me to Boys Ranch Town. I should have been grateful, because itâ€™s nothing like Juvenile Detention, but I was still mad that they were sending me away. It seemed to happen so quickly. When I got to BRT, everything seemed good at first, but it is getting harder every day. I am not used to discipline. I am not used to restrictions, consequences, or an appointed bedtime or study time.
To be honest, I admit that itâ€™s all probably good for me, but I just wasnâ€™t ready for this. I dearly appreciate the efforts of my house parents. They are gentle people and make our cottage feel like home. Iâ€™m getting used to the kids at the Ranch, and we play a lot of sports. I just love playing football and basketball with the other boys.
Boys Ranch Town isnâ€™t what it seemed to be at first. I thought it would be very strict, and I was a little scared. Now I realize itâ€™s just a safe, disciplinary environment. It feels like an ordinary home.
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