The lawsuit, filed by local civil rights attorney David Rudovsky in partnership with Berger Montague, a national class-action law firm based in Philadelphia, seeks unspecified compensation and damages for boys who were abused as students at the Glen Mills Schools, the oldest existing U.S. reform school.
The attorneys also are asking the court to compel Glen Mills to turn over all of its records from the last 20 years pertaining to the abuse of students, so that its victims and state and law enforcement officials alike can review them. They also are demanding that Glen Mills admit it violated the state’s mandatory reporting requirements for child abuse.
The complaint is brought by two former students, now 17 and 18, and one of their mothers under pseudonyms to protect their privacy. Shanon Carson, a managing shareholder of Berger Montague, said dozens of other individuals reporting abuse at Glen Mills already have contacted the attorneys, and the firm expects to hear from many more former students.
“The lawsuit will shine a light on what occurred over many years at the School and will begin our search for answers,” Carson said in a statement. “We encourage any person or family member of any child who was a student at The Glen Mills Schools and who was abused, to come forward and report the abuse to us in a confidential and safe environment so that our team can investigate it thoroughly and properly and obtain the truth about what happened.”