Tranquility Bay

Tranquility Bay

Tranquility Bay opened in 1997 as a co-ed facility in Saint Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica. Widely viewed as one of the harsher WWASP schools, it was run by Jay Kay,  the son of the WWASP President Ken Kay. Jay Kay has admitted to pepper-spraying students to restrain them. Tuition at Tranquility Bay ranged from $25,000 to $40,000 a year. Tranquility Bay closed in 2009.

Staff

Jay Kay

Jay Kay got his start in WWASP working for his father as a security guard at Brightway Adolescent Hospital. Before WWASP he ran a gas station convenience store after dropping out of college. Jay Kay was eventually given the job as Director at Tranquility Bay, where he served until the facility closed in January 2009. He has admitted to pepper spraying students repeatedly.

Randall Hinton

Randall Hinton was something of a jack-of-all-trades for WWASP. He first staed working for WWASP as a tech at Brightway in 1992. After two years at Brightway he moved to the Cross Creek in 1995, working there for one year. He then served as Assitant Director for Spring Creek in 1996, then took a job in the same role for Tranquility Bayi 1997. After Tranquility Bay, in 1998 he again served as Assistant Director, this time for Carolina Springs, working under Narvin Litchfield. In 2001 Litchfield gave him the job as Director at Academy at Dundee Ranch. Hinton also appears to have spent 3 years working for Teen Help, the marketing arm of WWASP.  In 2002, Hinton left WWASP to work in another school, but came back in 2006 in order to serve as Director of Royal Peak/Royal Gorge Academy in Colorado.  Ginton was arrested on chrages of child abuse by authorities in 2007 and the school was shut down in 2008. Hinton was convicted in 2007 of one count each of third-degree assault and false imprisonment. He served 25 days in jail and one year of probation. Hinton appears to have left WWASP.

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34 Responses to “Tranquility Bay”

  1. doug Ammundsen Says:

    i will catach a life sentsnce if i ever see jay kay and most of the staff

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    • BillBoyles Says:

      I understand the feeling, doug. However, for legal reasons I must make clear that wwaspsurvivors.com nor its owners and administrators do not condone violence or iegal acts of any kind.

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    • Zac Buckner Says:

      I look back on the twenty three months and thirteen days I was there very often. I find the
      Americans involved to be more sinister. After serving some time in the military (Airborne) I still
      Find some of the punishments very harsh. It has been 8 years since I spoke to anyone from there.
      I hope that everyone else who went there is doing well! zac_buckner85@yahoo.com

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  2. Mike Says:

    My sister went there for 2 years. I remember visiting the compound. They turned me away for wearing a sleeveless shirt. I’m glad to hear people speaking out and that it has been shut down.

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  3. Bryan Says:

    I was there for 6 months, my mother pulled me out, where as my father wanted me to say through graduation… I was lucky… Since then I’ve been a changed man. But only because fun and gets stolen at this place. For better or worst you grow up real quick here and when I went to University at a State School I was the oddest freshman you’d ever meet. Today as a working professional I can’t help but feel my childhood got robbed as it even affects me today as I do my everyday things.

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  4. Ashley Griffin Says:

    I didn’t get beat but I seen it 2005 and my mother figured out what kind of people they were and actually had to lie to them and me just to get me out and refused my plane ticket b4 the hurricane ivan came

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  5. Alexandra Ginnow Says:

    Mr. Kay stood by and watched a staff member snap my arm and break it the day before i was kicked out of the program. This program was in no way helpful , you don’t take troubled teens from sometimes broken homes and abuse them. When i had to share in these so called groups i was told i was a liar and that theirs no way my life was what it was in the good ole USA . The staff members hated us for being Americans with more material things then they will have in a life time. They would have a psychologist from another country come in and give all kinds of drugs for schizophrenia when i know i wasn’t schizophrenic. I was force fed meds by a nurse and staff members many times. I knew that i had to get out , the case workers would inform families that the letters written home were all lies that none of the things we were telling are parents were true. I never spoke to my parents through the 9 months i was there until the day i found out i was being kicked out. I begged my “therapist” who was a southern California native to help me that the abuse was unbearable mentally and physically. Nothing… no help. Jay Kays piece of crap father .. yes this is a business for profit. You made a profit off of a abusing and punishing children in a inhumane fashion. Now not many children have gotten kicked out of Tranquility Bay so i must have done some pretty bad stuff… if you call talking and fixing your hair without permission really bad then yes i was horrible. Those were the reasons i was put in OP . Once there is when the anger and loneliness really set in. I rebelled against staff. Male staff too , i decided the only way out would be to start a riot. Other girls were being molested and physically abused.. you would go to sleep listening to screams in the night and i couldn’t sit there and let them hurt me or anyone else anymore. Someone gave staff a heads up about what was going on and they had extra staff the night of the riot.I tried to jump over the wall but was pulled down by my shirt and was restrained in the rocks where the laundry was done in buckets. Mrs. Grahm a female staff member rubbed my face in the rocks making it bleed . The staff members were abusive and had no training .. i could have died a few times from strangulation from the positions they would hold you in cutting off the airways. I still have nightmares. Luckily there are a lot of us who went through these programs so we all share a bond a truth that no one can really understand unless they have been there. I was put in the school and they made the classroom isolation for me and a couple of my sisters. When they realized i was the ring leader they separated us . into different classrooms. Out of all the girls i was the only kicked out. I left tranquility bay looking like a dalmatian covered in bruises and with a dislocated arm. Because my parents didn’t know what happened in that place they sent me to another program but unrelated to wwasp. I am so happy that place is shutdown. No child should endure it.

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    • Anonymous Attorney Says:

      I am an attorney here in New York litigating a case in which parents sent their then 16-year-old child to Tranquility Bay. Other family members and community leaders undertook efforts to convince the parents to withdraw that child from Tranquility Bay.

      Now, some years latter, the parents are suing these individuals — alleging that they were defamed as child abusers, etc.

      As a former Tranquility Bay student, will you be willing to help those who aided a child to get out of Tranquility Bay by coming to court and testify about the conditions and treatment of Tranquility Bay? Additionally, I am looking for people from New York. Do you live, or know anyone from New York, who attended Tranquillity Bay?

      Please respond to me. Thanks.

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  6. Johnyfirepr Says:

    I Was in 2001 in jamaica Tranquility bay
    They abuses in all of us o saw the girl jump i the y
    Fuck my arm bad people i am a survivor

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    • Travis Nicoletti Says:

      I was there when she jumped too and for the hurricane.. I spent 5 years in prison as an adult and it wasn’t as bad as this place

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  7. Kyle Says:

    I was in dignity family. I knew Mike Pink. My heart feels sick as I believe Mike was psychologically ruined by the staff at tranquility Bay. I was there for 9 months . Back in 2000 … I hope that Mrs Elta, Mr. Mathews, & Mr. Melvin all know that they ruined lives. I am 30 years old now. I am still trying to forget.

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    • charles lee valentine Says:

      my name is charles lee valentine i was at tb for a total of 28 mo i spent 18 of those mo in op, i later went on to do operations for the military, i am currently in an inpatient program for severe trauma and i want to know what happened to pink i was in diginity family i was there when that girl jumped i can still here the wet crack of her body i used to be restained all the time i recall colby baird yelling at the top of his lungs every other day and the kids that were mollested i want to know more about what happend. i just discovered this website today….

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      • Matthew Marino Says:

        Hey Lee,
        I would ask if you remember me, but im sure you do. For anyone reading this, i attended TB in the dignity family with Lee. I cant blame TB for my choices, so let me start by taking ‘accountability’ for this: when i arrived to TB things were not as were described to parents. Many of the things listed above i experienced and witnessed. I was so desperate to leave, i was willing to do anything, which included attempting to secure legal charges which could get me back to american jail, which was much better than TB. I was placed in OP with Lee and many others one day. I had aquired a razor blade and one day while we were all ‘laying on our faces’ i got up, sat on lees back and started to cut his back up with the razorblade. 3 days later i passed our accountability seminar and was back in general population. Lee, i just want you to know im sorry bro, i had nothing personal against you and im deeply saddened by my actions and hope u can accept my apology. Youll be in my prayers brother, as well as everyone else abused at TB. God be with you guys, please contact me if u were in the dignity family. Take care

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    • sean Says:

      hey kyle my name isw sean andf i was down there with you and my heart goes out to you and i wish you a safe and comforting life or whats become of it

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  8. Matt Iholts Says:

    Hello, saw a bunch of other comments so i thought i would chime in. I was at TB in 1997-1999. One of the originals I guess. Some times I search around the net for half a dozen friends from the program. 15 years later I keep looking back. Friends that were made in the program, scared, alone, hopeless, were the strongest friends a person can ever make. Someone you almost literally depend on to keep you solid at that place can never be forgotten. I wish there was a real site where everyone can put there names down. To all that have spent time here, live well.

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  9. shaquan daley Says:

    i was in tTB in 2003 2004 in success family
    i was very popular during my year i got kicked out i was one that got the riot started on the first floor with jacob fulton .. me and couple my friends ran away tried to make it to my aunt house in jamaica.. lol but we got caught on the way … looking for ryan mann jon diaz anybody from success hated that place but since i was half jamaica i got aloof pass sometimes i still got restrained was in isolation for 5 months lol hted that place just love passing notes to keep me sane ….. we won sunday that year too lol kicked couple people ass in there cause idk man couple people was crazy but all and all miss the friends I’ve made wish i could’ve visit the compound glad that shit is closed it was hell just tried to survive and i DID

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    • nathan fried Says:

      I remember you I saw you punch bryan from triumph in the face on the rec field lol good times do you remember Patrick mcfield

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  10. Robert Gardner Says:

    The best day was the day i got to leave that place. That place was so disturbing. I was there in Jamaica when they had a girl jump off the top of the building. They did not want to take responsiblility for it. They claimed that since she was not there for 24 hours they were not responsible for her. They claimed she was still on drugs. I left that place when I was 18 years old. I just turned 30 on January 16 2014. I still have bad dreams and feelings about that place. I am so glad that place is closed and no one else has to be tourted and hurt.

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    • Anonymous Attorney Says:

      I am an attorney here in New York litigating a case in which parents sent their then 16-year-old child to Tranquility Bay. Other family members and community leaders undertook efforts to convince the parents to withdraw that child from Tranquility Bay.
      Now, some years latter, the parents are suing these individuals — alleging that they were defamed as child abusers, etc.

      As a former Tranquility Bay student, will you be willing to help those who aided a child to get out of Tranquility Bay by coming to court and testify about the conditions and treatment of Tranquility Bay? Additionally, I am looking for people from New York. Do you live, or know anyone from New York, who attended Tranquillity Bay?

      Sincerely,

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      • Joey Smallegan Says:

        I have some legal questions about the school! I was there for a year around 2002! I still have nightmares about the school to this day.. If anyone has sued TB please call me! God bless the people that went through that shit hole..
        239-273-0402

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      • Ian Edmanda Says:

        I spent 9 months In that hell and won’t even go into detail just how bad that place was. I spent the vast majority of my time being restrained, laying flat on face for days on end and writing essays up to 25,000 words for being a liar in group sessions. Multiple occasions I witnessed staff abuse kids and one even had his teeth knocked out. I won’t even mention the girl who jumped off the building and killed herself. The place was torture on every level. If need any questions answered email me at ian0810@live.com

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  11. R Paige Says:

    I started off in Dignity in 2000. I remember Mr Matthews and Mr Melvin.
    They did ruin lives. I too remember Colby Baird screaming almost every day and night.
    I think the supervisor me Bailey actually got off on restraining poor Colby. Then he moved on to Colin Johnston. I got switched to the success family after about 6 months.
    They gave us mr. Myrie and mr Tony and mrs Clarke.
    Whatever happened to christian devaux, Ian collazo? I hated this little punk named Oliver bucolo. I ran away one night while on level 3 But came back the same night because I realized I didn’t have food or water.
    I was there when the girl jumped.
    I was there when they fed us pig tail soup.
    I still have nightmares of that horrible place.
    They didn’t feed us right. Unsanitary unhealthy conditions.
    Anyone remember the Russian kid Anton? What a trip!
    I remember I always wanted to do the nurse. :)
    I hope to see jay Kay one day. I am going to search for him so I can restrain him and make him eat 2 pieces of bread per day.
    Anyone out there hit me up (nine-five-one)-383-9797 I’m 27 now and got sent there when I was 13

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  12. nathan fried Says:

    looking for some people im Nathan fried from triumph family I was 18 when I arrived in 2003 and 21 when I left in 06, so im looking for )sorry if I miss spell some names or don’t remember the whole name) garry refer, Patrick mc field, john lyons, spencer aka bird man, rob aka pirate rob, thanks

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  13. Luis Felipe Leal Says:

    I was there in 98 for 6 months , i was in honor family .I can relate to what everyone is saying. I was 16 years old at the time and i am turning 32 in two days , i will never forget the birthday i spent in TB , the worse day of my life. I am from Brazil but i was living in Miami at the time , i came back to Brazil right after i left TB so in never spoke to anyone again. I was lucky because my parents dont speak english so i could talk on the phone (after 3 months when i reached levei 3) on portuguese and the staff did not understand what i was saying. It is very good to know that the place got shut down. If anyone remembers me my email is luis.leal@uol.com.br.

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  14. sean Says:

    i am a surviver of the hell hole i was there for as yr and nine months and cause of the treatment that i got there i was just released from prison after doing 10 yrs of a 25 yr sentence so i know everyones pain and i am here to say tha i am here for you all

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