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?
Massachusetts Moves To Shut Down Eagleton School
The Great Barrington residential school for boys with emotional and developmental disabilities has been under investigation for abuse and neglect.
Holyoke School Slammed For ‘Substantial Abuse’ Of Disabled Students
Children were allegedly thrown to the floor, kept in locked closets, and put in restraints as punishment, which violates state law. Holyoke’s state receiver says procedures have since improved.