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A former student at the Delphian School speaks out:


The Delphian is an exclusive $42,000-a-year school, which teaches pupils about the principles of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s teaching.


Although the school educates on traditional subjects like Mathematics and English, it also has an different side from the norm where there’s ‘isolation rooms’ and an ‘ethics room’. Non-Scientologist Paul Csige,struggled with traditional schools and was sent to The Delphian by his parents in who thought Study Tech might be a good way for him to learn,but it ended up with Paul spending most of his time in the the ‘Ethics Room’. It was presented to me really nice. You could learn at your own pace, teachers act like supervisors, they just guide you. They weren’t supposed to teach, just answer questions if you had any. In the first month, I had real difficulty, as I didn’t believe it, so I was sent to the Ethics Room, which is the equivalent of a Principle’s Office, but had no windows. It’s one little room on the second floor. Basically I was sat down with the ethics person, a scary lady. You’d have to sit there for 30 minutes without talking. Then I said I didn’t believe it, and I was basically given no choice. There was no alternative option. This was how we learn. Eventually, I had to give the appearance that I believed.You’d be in the Ethics Room for all sorts of misdemeanors like if you had an altercation with a student or not done well at your courses. Punishment was something to be feared at the school. ‘Incorrect behavior’ wasn’t tolerated and the consequences were much more severe than the average school detention, according to Paul. We had The Golden Rod, which was a post all the infractions committed by students, like if you didn’t do your assignments or if you’d hit a student.


The school actively encourages students to tell on each other. If you did something wrong, those who reported it were actually praised. It was fear-based with everyone looking over their shoulder. The advice was: “Don’t tell anyone, anything,â€â€™ says Paul. I remember one time when this kid had somehow downloaded porn and told everyone in his class about it, but they all kept quiet. This caused a big scandal. Because no one in the middle school had reported him, they were all sent to ethics and punished.


For other pupils, they’ve had a far different experience from Paul and have credited The Delphian for having such a strong and supportive network. Take the example of Jacob, only known by his first name, who says: ‘Since coming to Delphian, what I notice has changed the most about me are my work ethic, my will and interest to learn and my sense of ethics. ‘My sense of ethics has also really changed since coming here. I understand, through the academic courses and the school's incredible literature program, that man is basically good and tries to stop himself from committing harmful - sometimes in elaborate, even unknowing, ways. I can no longer spot trash in the hallway without having to stop to pick it up. That is the amount of responsibility I now feel for this place. I have realized truly that one must be good and comply with the morals of the group to be able to survive well. I wouldn't have gained any of this in public school. But for others, like Paul, who don’t have the same sort of connection to the school like a Scientologist would naturally have, it can feel like a prison and after a year he asked his parents to withdraw him completely. He says: The school is so isolated from everywhere else. We never mixed with the local people, hardly ever saw other school pupils, weren’t allowed cars, weren’t allowed to leave.There was no communication with the outside world. The only time we had email was internally. We were an isolated community in a scary castle. We all lived on campus and had dorms on the third floor with two or three people per room. One side for the boys and another for the girls. The wing had no carpet. There was one communal bathroom for all the boys, I had to go at odd times, as there were only four shower stalls and just one had hot water. There was a morning call and you had to be outside your room for a checklist. Only one person ever tried to run away - but we never saw him again!


It was extremely regimented. There was one hour a day when you had freedom. You had morning classes, lunch, afternoon classes, dinner, then work detail. We all had a job, I worked in the kitchen. You’d finish the night in the study hall doing more work and then had about an hour to relax. We’d go to the recreation room where you could buy soda or chips; that is if you’d saved up enough allowance.The food was otherwise pretty bad, I lost about 25lbs in the first 3 months, I went down from 165 to 140lbs. I’d just live off toast. As I worked in the kitchen, I knew exactly what happened to the food and not one bit was ever wasted. All the food was used, scraps kept being reused and reused until it was boiled down to a broth.


The closest it was to prison was the isolation ward when you got a cold, which was down in the basement. There were no windows down there; it was pretty horrible. Scientologists said they didn’t believe in medicine, the body should heal itself, so they’d put you in isolation. That was extremely unpleasant, it was awful. And there was no such thing as depression or any mental illness, we were always told: “We don’t believe in mental health, we don’t believe in medication.â€

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The Delphian School is mentioned in the Scientology related books I've read. Going Clear and Inside Scientology both mention it. From what I remember, the mentions weren't brief.

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Actually, some of, maybe even most of, those rules make a lot of sense for a boarding school with high schoolers. At my academy, we had rules about leaving campus. If we wanted to walk to the store, we had to sign out, but you couldn't go alone or alone with someone of the opposite sex. Not going alone made sense because there was a known rapist living in the area.

At night the RAs would check to make sure we were in the room. They never checked in the morning after the alarms went off, though.

You could leave wih someone over the age of 21 provided your parents added them to the approved list of people who were allowed to take you. To leave for the weekend you had to fill out a form so they'd know you were gone. Your parents were supposed to sign it too, but a phone call could suffice, or email of fax or something.

We neve had an ethics room though, that's just weird. We were heavily pressured into believing, but no one ever officially punished someone for being a non adventist.

The academy was in a small town, and except for students who lived i the community and not the dorms, none of is really had a desire to interact with anyone else In the outside community becaus, other hen teachers, staff, and old people, there just wasn't any body.

There were only 2 stores to go to, an adventist bookstore and an adventist food store. That was it. Really small town.

My academy had other ridiculous rules, but with a bunch if teenagers, there really does need to be some oversight as to who goes where and with whom.

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After I left Christianity and was on the outs with all the Christians I had considered friends, I was vulnerable, and got sucked into Scientology. A guy I met and I clicked, started dating, he got me interested, I joined, he broke it off, I found out he only had sex with me to lure me, and that crushed me enough that I didn't know what to do...oh hai nice Scientologists who seem like you care! That's their MO. They go for vulnerable people. That, and kids being born, is how they increase their numbers.

I knew Sea Org members. That guy who fucked me (literally and figuratively) was working toward Sea Org. I never got the sense that women were less than men, but holy god almightly that cult us fucked up. I have yet to read anything crazy that isn't true. Xenu the whole 9 yards. A lot of members who get high enough up the bridge end up mentally fucked up. See, there's a level where you finally ready to know the truth. Before you get this packet, you have to sign a goddamned disclaimer that you won't sue if the information shocks you enough to rock your world and devastate you. You sign, and then you get to read about Xenu, which is concealed to lower members and explained away as something suppressive people say to make Scientologists look bad. Then it's explained as you didn't get to know because your thetan would have a hard time clearing if it came to rely on Xenu.

In the cult there's a joke. What's the difference between a cult and a religion? About 500 years. That's the big truth I took away. One day that cult will be a valid religion. It's really no crazier than Christianity. Just Christianity is old enough to be a religion.

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