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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 horror
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.
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@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.
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.
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!
@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.
Watching the videos brings tears to my eyes, all the children that were left and neglected and left behind. My father told me about his nephew that was taken and left at a mental hospital, his parents never returning. How sad, how can parents leave their children as if they never existed.
I had a cousin who died there in 1956. She was 14 years old and I remember being told that she died of heart problems. I thought that strange at the time. Now, reading and seeing all this info about Pennhurst, it makes me so sad to think of what she must have endured.
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I work with clients that resided in pennhurst for many years, some rather not share there time in pennhurst, others strive to educate others with their experience there. It is so rewarding to be able to work with such amazing clients. I am truely heart broken to have to know what they went through.
I am the sister of two mentally disabled brothers, one of whom spent lots of years in an institution like to Pennhurst. It is well good that all are saddened/ashamed by what went on there but most people with disabilities will need some level of care all of their lives. Step up. Stop looking away.
I just saw a documentary on Pennhurst last night. Basically it was a dumping ground for people society could not deal with. The sad part is it wasnt that long ago. There were angels that worked there but also truly evil people
I have treated and cared for those with mental illness and mental disabilites. I believe anyone with any type of illness or disability should have a nurturing environment to grow in. They'll surprise you with their capabilities.
@voices - they were well intentioned. But the problem wasn't lack of staff. It was that the whole notion of segregating and institutionalizing handicapped people was a bad idea from the start. The Pennhurst decision proved disabled people pose no threat, and our society can and must include them
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