Pa. officials order 'emergency removal' of children from reform school
The Glen Mills Schools in Glen Mills, Pa., is shown Thursday, March 7, 2019. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered a review of abuse complaints against a suburban Philadelphia reform school. Lawmakers and children’s advocates on Wednesday called for the state to launch an investigation into allegations of child abuse and cover-ups at the schools. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
(Philadelphia) — State officials in Pennsylvania have ordered the “emergency removal” of all children remaining in the oldest reform school in the country in the wake of a newspaper investigation detailing decades of alleged abuse and cover-ups.
The Department of Human Services said Monday that children residing at Glen Mills Schools about 25 miles west of Philadelphia will be relocated “as soon as this can be safely accomplished.”
The department says there were 64 students there, 21 from Pennsylvania and 43 from eight other states.
The Philadelphia Inquirer investigation published last month described a culture of physical abuse at the school.
Glen Mills, established in 1826, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment; officials said earlier they took the allegations very seriously and were working with state and local leaders.