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John Dollard: A frequent runaway, he learned to survive

John Dollard of Asheville, who has a master’s in counseling from Western Carolina, ran away so often in the 1960s that he earned the nickname “Rabbit.” The man who tracked down runaways was nicknamed “Little Rooster.”

“After runaways were brought back to campus, they were taken to the jail cottage, stripped naked and told to shower. Then they were tied face down on a wooden bench and beaten severely with sticks or belts by a disciplinary committee of three men. When it was over, they were told to shower again, but this time with cold water to wash the blood away and reduce the swelling. ...

“ ... For the next five to seven days, runaways would sit on the cold concrete floor of their small cell wearing lash marks, blood streaks and bruises from the top of their heads to the bottom of their feet.

“How would I describe what Stonewall Jackson Training did to me? It basically stripped me of all emotions. When I got out of there, I had one emotion: survive.”

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