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Delaware County reform school to lay off about 250 amid abuse investigations

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 2, 2019 6:48 PM
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The Glen Mills Schools in Glen Mills, Pa., is shown Thursday, March 7, 2019. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered a review of abuse complaints against a suburban Philadelphia reform school. Lawmakers and children's advocates on Wednesday called for the state to launch an investigation into allegations of child abuse and cover-ups at the schools. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


(Philadelphia) -- The oldest reform school in the country has announced plans to lay off about 250 staff members at the Delaware County campus amid multiple state probes into allegations of child abuse.

Glen Mills Schools spokeswoman Aimee Tysarczyk said the school and its board of managers made what she called "the difficult decision" to begin layoffs. She said 80 people from various departments were notified Tuesday and more layoffs are to continue this week.

The statement said many had "tirelessly served the school for decades" and lauded their commitment to Glen Mills' mission and "helping to pave the way to a new path in life for countless young men."

State officials last week ordered removal of all children after an investigation by The Philadelphia Inquirer detailed decades of alleged abuse and cover-ups.

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