Class action suit against Glen Mills will move forward

Justin Udo
December 23, 2019 - 12:46 pm
Glen Mills Schools

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A lawsuit against a Pennsylvania juvenile reform school accused of having a culture of violence gets the green light to move forward.

"The ruling means that our class action lawsuit will move forward on virtually all claims, including claims against state officials for lack of oversight regarding the safety, well being, and education of youth, at Glen Mills school," said Maura McInerney with the Education Law Center, one of the plaintiffs in the suit.

Abuse, lack of medical treatment, deprivation of education, and disability discrimination are just a few of the claims in a suit against Glen Mills schools and the Pennsylvania departments of education and human services.

She says they are asking for monetary damages and compensatory education services.

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"We need to ensure that state officials who are licensing, overseeing and regulating facilities like Glen Mills will ensure the safety, welfare, and education of youth in the juvenile justice system," she said.

It's been months since the last students were taken away from Glen Mills and the school lost its state licenses, but McInerney says the wounds are still fresh.

"What was most shocking was the long-term nature of the abuse, culture of intimidation, and deprivation of educational rights of these children," she said.

McInerney says now school and state officials must file an answer in federal court. Then they'll move forward to discovery, and eventually trial.