Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) today ordered an emergency removal of all children currently remaining at the Glen Mills School in Delaware County. Under this order, all children residing at the school will be removed and relocated as soon as this 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 will work with these entities to provide for the safe removal and relocation of these students as quickly as possible.
As of when 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 onsite 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.
“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,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “This removal is one step of an on-going process, and DHS is committed to seeing this investigation through to ensure that any individual responsible for endangering the welfare of children and coercing silence can be held responsible. As this investigation continues, it is important that we understand the full scope of incidents and mistreatment that occurred at this school. I encourage any former students or their families, Glen Mills staff, or anyone else to share their story.”
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 entities.