Kenyatta applauds order to remove Glen Mills School students from site

HARRISBURG, March 25 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., today said he supports the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ order for the emergency removal of all children currently remaining at the Glen Mills School in Delaware County.

“I’ve said from Day One, that if there are any violations of criminal law regarding the care of youth at Glen Mills, that those who are responsible need to be held accountable,” Kenyatta said. “I’m happy to see the state take action to remove all children from Glen Mills and hope that it is done in a safe and expeditious manner. I also look forward to the results of all investigations that are pending. Today is a good day for the safety of our kids, a good day for the advocates and elected leaders at the state and local level who have fought for the protection of youth. I am happy to have been able to lend my voice toward elevating the need to examine tragic situations such as those alleged to have occurred at Glen Mills, or other places that dare to abuse the trust we put in them to care for our children.”

Under the DHS order, all children residing at the school will be removed and relocated as soon as it can be safely accomplished.

DHS’ Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) delivered the order to the Glen Mills School today. Prior to this, counties, states, and judicial systems with children at Glen Mills were notified that the emergency removal order would be issued. OCYF said it will work with these entities to provide for the safe removal and relocation of these students as quickly as possible.

At the time the removal was ordered, there were 64 students on-site at Glen Mills from 21 Pennsylvania counties and 43 from eight other states. OCYF staff will be working with students’ states and counties to ensure appropriate relocation either at their home or another placement as close to home as possible.

OCYF staff will maintain a presence at Glen Mills during the time the children are removed to continue to monitor conditions and ensure student safety. Under this order, no new admissions may occur.

Individuals looking to report potential emotional or physical abuse, mistreatment, intimidation or coercion should contact Pennsylvania’s ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313. All reports made to ChildLine are forwarded to appropriate investigating authorities.

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