Glen Mills Reform School Lawsuits Are Being Reviewed for Former Students

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted April 10, 2019


Pennsylvania state officials have shut down the Glen Mills School, amid reports of mistreatment and abuse at the reform school. Lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are now evaluating potential school abuse lawsuits for boys who attended the Glen Mills reform school, and may be entitled to damages as a result of the conduct of school officials.

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Glen Mills was the oldest operating reform school in the country, founded in 1826. At its peak, it housed 1,000 boys deemed juvenile delinquents from across the country. However, recent investigations by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare found widespread incidents of:

  • Child Abuse
  • Physical Mistreatment
  • Threats Against Children
  • Withholding Of Medical Care
  • Encouragement of Violence Between Children

Administrators and staff appear to have known of, and participated in, this abuse for years before it was discovered, using threats of violence and extortion to keep boys sent to the reform school quiet.

To determine whether you or your child may be entitled to financial compensation through a Glen Mills lawsuit, contact the reform school abuse lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. for a free consultation and claim evaluation.

Glen Mills Reform School Abuse

Glen Mills School has often been referred to as the “Harvard of reform schools,” and was known for its athletics program, which was capable of producing students who then vied for major sports careers. Many students attended the school as a result of a court order due to behavioral problems.

In recent weeks, a number of disturbing incidents have been uncovered, which suggest a long history of boys being abused at the reform school, which may have resulted in physical and emotional injuries.

In February 2019, the Philadelphia Inquirer published a special investigative report on Glen Mills School, which revealed that the school had a long culture of violence, where the children sent there were beaten by their adult charges, and then threatened into silence. In addition, there were incidents of violence encouraged by staff between students at the school, and there were incidents where medical care was withheld.

A state investigation into the reform school abuse problems was initiated following the report, and appears to have verified many of the newspapers’ claims.

Over the past several weeks, cities and states who had boys housed at the facility began to remove the juveniles for their own safety, and on March 25, 2019, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare issued an Emergency Removal Order to remove the last 64 students from the school.

Glen Mills Reform School Abuse Lawsuits

The school abuse attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating potential claims for current or former students of Glen Mills School. It appears that abuse of reform school students was allowed to continue for years, taking advantage of children in an already extremely vulnerable population.

If you or a family member suffered abuse at the Glen Mills reform school, request a free consultation and claim evaluation. All claims are handled by our law firm on a contingency fee basis, so there is never any out-of-pocket expense and no attorney fees unless a recovery is obtained.


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