Class of June 2006
Dean B. returned to The Family School on May 21 with staff member Chris Scott.
Before his arrival at FFS, Dean lived a life full of violence, drugs, and multiple arrests. The unmanageable lifestyle finally caught up to him and Dean was court mandated to the Family School on May 14, 2004.
For his whole stay, Dean was a member of Family Four (now Mann House). After two years of being dishonest, refusing help, and fighting everyone, Dean hit rock bottom and decided to get his act together. By participating in sports, chorus, woodcarving, staying out of trouble, and doing internal work, Dean was eligible to graduate high school from FFS on June 23, 2007.
Life for the first year and a half outside the school was difficult for Dean. “The first year is not easy. It is hard adjusting, trying to find out how you fit in, and life does have a lot of pressures.” He managed to get through those times by visiting and remaining in touch with the school.
Now, Dean is a construction worker in Manhattan, and finds life “absolutely excellent.” He believes that his stay at The Family School was one of the most beneficial experiences of his life and is grateful for every second of it. He misses everything about FFS, especially current staff member Joe Petriella and former staff members Jim Kavarnos and Joe Salamoni, whom he describes as the most influential people in his life.
To the newcomer, Dean says, “Don’t quit. Don’t run away. Face the problems, and face the consequences of your actions.”