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Resource ID: #28867
Affiliation:The Philadelphia Inquirer
Founded in 1826 as the Philadelphia House of Refuge, the Glen Mills Schools was the nation’s oldest reform school. But the beauty and reputation of Glen Mills was a smokescreen. A Philadelphia Inquirer reporter uncovered that counselors were keeping boys “in line” by violently abusing them. They dropped them on their slammed them to the floor, giving them concussions; they stepped on their faces, breaking their jaws; they threw them through windows and chairs; they choked them until they gasped that they could not breathe.