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Feds probe Tryon Center

Violations of residents’ civil rights alleged

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The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating alleged civil rights violations of residents at the Tryon Residential Center, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The facility houses about 150 boys and girls ages 10 to 18 who have been found guilty of various crimes across the state. It is run by the state Office of Children and Family Services and has about 360 employees. Edward Borges, director of communications for the Office of Children and Family Services, ...

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August 9, 2008
7:24 a.m.

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“We’re training our staff to recognize that the majority of children in our facility have mental health problems or conduct disorder problems and have learning disabilities, and we need to recognize that and work to help these children,” Borges said. “For some of our employees, that change in philosophy has been difficult.”

If this is true, why are these children placed in the Tryon facility and not in a Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) where they would receive the appropriate mental health treatment?

August 9, 2008
12:41 p.m.

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"Borges said Thursday that he was just learning about PEF’s claim of abuse in the Gruder incident and would look into it."

The ASSAULT on Mr. Gruder did not just happen, this just shows that their employees being assaulted is not important to them. How many other assaults on staff are they "just learning about" because there are a lot.