A scathing report last fall found that staff in Holyoke were abusing children in a therapeutic program through harsh and aggressive discipline. A few months later, another Western Massachusetts facility — Eagleton School in Great Barrington — had to shut down after similar allegations. How does this happen and what can be done?
Holyoke Teachers Union Denies Abuse Allegations
The union says special education staff, accused of mistreating students at the Peck School, have been calling for systemic changes for years.
District Attorney Opens Peck School Investigation
Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni announced today he will open an investigation into reports of abuse of disabled students at the Peck School in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
In Greenfield, DCF Workers Rally For Lower Case Loads, More Funding
Social workers from Massachusetts’ Department of Children and Families, trying to get the attention of the public Beacon Hill lawmakers, rallied Monday in downtown Greenfield, Massachusetts. More funding is needed for DCF, they say, to hire additional social workers and reduce the dangerously high number of caseloads on their plates.
Detox Facility Headed To Franklin County By December, According To Opioid Task Force
The group in Franklin County met yesterday in Greenfield to get updates on the work of many health, public safety, and government officials on efforts to curb the rate of opiate use and overdoses.
Nicastro Reaches Settlement With Former Springfield Bishops
A Williamstown, Massachusetts man has reached a half a million dollar settlement with two former bishops of the Springfield Catholic Diocese.