The National Weather Service reported that debris was carried more than 45 miles to the northeast in Belchertown, where a fairgrounds racing ticket was found along with white corrugated plastic roofing material.
Police describe widespread eye-poking, fingers twisted until breaking, lacerations from slamming heads and throwing, bone-breaking punches, pinching, cutting, and other injuries, much of it done while the victims were held in restraints. So far, 16 former Eagleton School employees face criminal charges.
The State found a systemic culture of staff abuse of the school’s disabled male students and subsequent cover-ups of that abuse. The school’s 40 acres of land and buildings on Route 23 near the Monterey border are for sale.
The “Order to Protect Children” that will revoke the private school’s residential group care licenses noted that since sanctions were imposed on the school on February 17, Early Education and Care (EEC) learned of numerous violations of the sanctions, including more abuse and neglect.
“Over the past three months, there appears to have been a conscious decision by Eagleton’s administration not to report the scope and extent of residents’ injuries to the EEC and other state agencies to avoid investigation.”
— Department of Early Education and Care report on abuses of students at Eagleton School
“Fundamental and grave concerns about health and safety and regulatory compliance at Eagleton School compromise the program’s ability to provide a safe, healthy, and appropriate educational environment.”
— Assessment by the state Department of Early and Secondary Education
In her letter to the editor, Tess Hutchinson writes: “I will tell you one thing, if you think pulling kids from Eagleton and sending them to their home states and home facilities would be ‘keeping them safe,’ you’re sorely confused.”
“All across America, there is a hole in health care for these kids who have emotional and behavioral disabilities. This school is a model of how they can and should be cared for.”
— Mufa, parent of student at the Eagleton School
In his letter to the editor, Luke Pryjma writes: “Eagleton is a place where our society puts its trauma. We hope it is a place where that trauma can find peace and release gently. That is not always the case.”
Eagleton School is accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE) and Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). In early January, Great Barrington police began an investigation into allegations of physical and emotional abuse of students.
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