Abuse and Neglect

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Why hasn't this place been demolished? It should be totally torn down all the way past the basement or cement foundations. It is a horrible place where people and children were abused and tortured. Leaving it standing is like leaving a Monument to those who subjected others to this pain. I
David W Clifton03/04/2021
My uncle George was admitted to Pennhurst after Delco Social Services removed he and his four siblings my mother included from alcoholic abusive parents. George's counselor of thirty-six years told me that George did not have organic/inherited or congenital mental deficits. he acquired MR. David
I worked with patients from Pennhurst. The abuse they suffered was obvious and caused many of them severe physical, emotional and behavioral problems. My Aunt worked there in the early 1960's. The stories of abuse are true, but back then the mentally ill were forgotten people.
I have an aunt who worked in the offices here she gets angry at the stories of abuse and claims they didnt happen. Dont know what to believe .
Lorna Rushing11/01/2015
I watched the documentary on pennhurst last night all I can say is the residents there suffered terribly and God saw all that happened there to his special children and those who are guilty will be punished in Gods time. And I'm so sorry these special children weren't loved and cared for.
Taralynn Torres10/10/2015
This is the tirst im hearing of this and I feel so bad. What cqn I do to help.
barbara donnelly08/04/2014
August 2014 Maybe they also need to get funding for ground penetrating radar done here, too. Check out the ongoing news developing in Florida about the school named DOZIER SCHOOL FOR BOYS. The records maintained by the school regarding burials was incorrect, as they are proving today!!
Donna Coots03/17/2014
I grew up hanging out in Spring City and went to church across the street from Pennhurst Rd. It truly breaks my heart to realize that while I was having teenage fun, residents of Pennhurst were going through hell. I feel guilty. We all should - everyone who was close enough to help but didn't.
I recently saw a program called 'The Haunting' of a particular actress that made a movie there. She educated some hauntings.It is so horribly wrong that people were left in the abusive staffers and insane doctors. It hurt my heart knowing their souls are still suffering.
A true house of horror08/05/2013
Click my name. It has recently come to light that scientific experiments were carried out on unwilling wards of state and I would not be surprised if they were done at Pennhurst too. Now a haunted house attraction mocks them. Is there no end to the suffering the disabled must endure for profit?
Thank God we have reporters/lawyers to bring to light / stop atrocities like Pennhurst. Amazing it took 20 years after 1968 expose /class action lawsuit to close Pennhurst. US is suppd be nation that pioneered human rights so how did this abuse exist in our own backyard for 80 yrs.
The Book Store11/28/2012
@Kimberly W - it should be preserved and remembered to help ensure it will never be repeated. Like it or not this happened. Eugenics. Social engineering. Cleansing of the gene pool. Not in Nazi Germany - right here in America.
Kimberly W.10/28/2012
I honestly don't think these buildings should be preserved. I think they should be leveled to the ground. What happened here was a live horror story, one that should never be repeated. I think something beautiful should be built here.A place where the souls could finally be at rest.
Doreen Piotrowski07/24/2012
Wow! Cool video! Ironically, now that this place is a commercial haunted house it's not nearly as creepy as it appears here. I wish I could have seen it like this!
Doctor K02/01/2012
@Shirley I know in hindsight it doesn't make sense. But in those days the conditions in places like Pennhurst weren't public knowledge, and doctors and teachers would recommend institutions for children with disabilities. Everyone believed the child would lead a better life there.

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