Glen Mills Schools, where leadership has been accused of widespread child abuse.
Philadelphia Boys to Be Pulled from Glen Mills Schools
The city of Philadelphia has announced plans to stop enrolling students at Glen Mills Schools and to pull current students out of the school following a Philadelphia Inquirer report on abuse by staff members.
Human Services Commissioner Cynthia Figueroa, members of the Philadelphia City council, and state lawmakers have joined together to demand an independent investigation of Glen Mills Schools. Philadelphia officials say that the city will not consider sending students to the school unless there are significant changes in the leadership and culture of the school.
In summer 2018, Philadelphia temporarily stopped sending students to Glen Mills following an incident involving counselors beating and choking a teenager. A Philadelphia Inquirer report found that this was not an isolated incident and that there has long been a pervasive culture of violence at Glen Mills. This report was based on internal documents, court records, incident reports, and 40+ interviews with students, staff, and others. It alleged that leadership ignored beatings and failed to properly screen and train counselors.
The Inquirer report found that when victims and parents attempted to report the attacks, the school would threaten to send the student to a state-run facility with sexual predators and mentally ill students. Counselors and supervisors would also allegedly threaten boys with longer sentences and hid students with bruises until they stopped showing physical signs of the abuse.