PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is ordering an emergency removal of all children currently at the Glen Mills Schools in Delaware County.
DHS Secretary Teresa Miller says as their investigation into allegations of widespread abuse at the Glen Mills Schools continues, they are taking the step of removing the remaining 64 children from the school, to “assure no more children are at risk of physical and emotional harm,” she said.
The department’s Office of Children, Youth, and Families is on-site to maintain safety, according to the announcement.
At the time of the order, DHS says there are 21 children from across Pennsylvania, 43 from eight other states at the school.
The announcement says DHS remains committed to making sure they hold accountable anyone who endangered children or tried to force their silence as part of a cover-up.
Two employees were charged last summer, accused of abuse of a student that investigators say was caught on video.
Last month, Philadelphia announced they were pulling all their kids from what is billed as the oldest reform school in the country, following an in-depth investigative report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Glen Mills Schools released the following statement in response:
“We were just made aware of the order issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. We are assessing the situation and its impacts and will continue to work with all state and local officials.”