Wednesday, November 4, 2009

OR: Prineville Boarding School Suspended in Abuse Probe

From the Associated Press

November 4, 2009

PRINEVILLE, Ore. -- The state has temporarily suspended the license of a Central Oregon boarding school for troubled teens after finding evidence of child abuse and neglect.

Officials told parents to remove their children from Mount Bachelor Academy after investigators found students were subject to inappropriate sexual role-play, public humiliation and physical deprivation.

The Oregon Department of Human Services said it had substantiated nine allegations of child abuse and neglect as well as numerous licensing violations after a seven-month investigation.

The agency concluded that conditions at the academy pose a serious danger to child safety.

The private school near Prineville caters to teenagers from 14 to 17 1/2 years old.

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