Seven young people who were detained at Vermont’s now-closed juvenile detention center and another facility are suing state officials and staff alleging “obscene abuse” at both facilities that they say state officials ignored. Vermont closed the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Essex last year after a drop in the number of kids housed there and a lawsuit accusing the 30-bed center of housing children with disabilities in dangerous conditions. The lawsuit was filed Monday in court against 22 Vermont DCF employees, including the former commissioner and Woodside staff. Children, some of whom had been physically, mentally, and/or sexually abused by caregivers were physically assaulted and sometimes stripped of their clothing by Woodside staff members who demanded compliance with their orders.
Photo credit: Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Essex. Photo by Mark Johnson/VTDigger