How California Teens Wound Up at Pennsylvania School Accused of Battering Students

Ted Goldberg, KQED •

"We have repeatedly heard from numerous youth that Glen Mills staff would use the term 'physical restraint' to include punching, choking, body slamming, head butting and painfully limiting the movement of youth from 'violations,' including not 'shutting up' and not tying shoes," said Nadia Mozaffar, a staff attorney at the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, among several groups that have filed lawsuits against the institution. "At Glen Mills, 'physical restraint' was a euphemism for physical assault."

About the Expert

Nadia Mozaffar is a staff attorney at Juvenile Law Center. Her work focuses on advancing educational rights and opportunities for children in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, economic justice issues, and protecting the rights of young people in the adult justice system.