Pennsylvania state officials ordered the “emergency removal” of students at Glen Mills School, a residential educational facility for juvenile delinquents, according to the Associated Press.
After an investigation into ongoing abuse at the school, The Department of Human Services said it found evidence of “gross incompetence, negligence, misconduct in operating a facility, including mistreatment and abuse of clients, likely to constitute an immediate and serious danger to the life or health of the children in care.”
Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller said, “As the investigation into allegations raised in recent reporting continues, we must do what is necessary to ensure that no more children are at risk of physical and emotional harm.”
The school which draws people from across the state as a history of violence. A report from the Philadelphia Inquirer detailed that the “staff routinely punched, choked and kicked the boys in their care, even breaking their bones, then kept them quiet with threats.”
In September, two former school counselors were charged with assaulting a student, reported the AP.
Glen Mills did not immediately respond to the AP’s request for comment.