Suffer The Little Children

The ground-breaking 1968 NBC10 Expose on Pennhurst State School by Bill Baldini:

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Maas Benedikt09/13/2019
It hurts me really bad, to see, what happend to human beings. No one deserves that. I haves a mental disorder too. I pray for all the poor people, who suffered that much, for such a too long time. We should keep the memory to never repeat it. Never walls of ignorance and social blindness
Unfortunately there are new penhurst facilities open now as a result of the aging population. The same mental physical abuses go on. The new name for penhurst is nursing home Yes, I speak from personal experience. Peace ......... Buzz
Ellen 03/09/2019
I worked at and supervised CLAs with persons from Pennhurst upon its closing. The transition was difficult for those with profound illness who didnt understand what was happening, but they did adjust and found dignity, some peace, new positive experiences and people who cared about them.
Deidre Cocchi02/25/2019
When family are not responsible for family members care and wellbeing and are left at the mercy of strangers and government control this is the result. Families that visited saw the conditions and still left their family there are more responsible for the care. If you dont care why would strangers.
Aliza Rhienhold10/30/2018
Pennhurst was closed due to state regulations that closed ALL mentally ill facilities in the late 19080's. Private group homes were organized, and all people from places such as Pennhurst entered group homes, usually 3 to 5 residents to a house.
My MD sis was born in 1969. My moM labsolutely refused to put my sis in any kind institution. My mom took daily care of my sis until r mom passed 2 years ago and now my sis lives with my family and I. This story truly broke my heart. My sis is loved and cared for, and always will be.
Henry shaner10/27/2018
This is the worst thing Ive ever seen and Im completely appalled that the place is being used for entertainment!! Thousands of innocent died there lets respect them close the place make it a memorial its the least we can do!!
Keely walls10/07/2018
My mother was born here in 1962..her mother was a patient Janie Betty Henry aka Jamie Elizabeth Henry..we have never been able to track down who her father was or even find out wether he was a patient or mothers namesake is Terri Lee Halderman!
P. de Ruyter09/19/2018
On one side i understand why a lot of people are against the haunted house attraction, on the other side it keeps the place alive and the pati?nts never forgotten. Ghost hunters made their story known worldwide. I am from the Netherlands. Bless all of them.
Just so ya'll know the current owners do not have the place open to the public yet. They are restoring the place and then plan to open it as a memorial to the people who lived there. They aren't money hungry just trying to do a good thing by remembering what happened and the people that lived there.
Alejandro Santa Cruz10/23/2017
We are all God's children, yet we could not behave as such then and we cannot behave as such now. But at least this changed. I have so much admiration for the people who must have worked so hard and tirelessly for The Victory at Pennhurst.
Gilbert Downie 06/16/2017
My uncle was warehousedoing at Penn Hurst until it was closed. This place was worse than it was depicted. I visited my uncle there as a child.
The people who began the suffering of these patients were their families. Often time families left their not-so-perfect children at facilities like this and never returned or told other relatives of their existence. I know this because I worked at a facility like this and witnessed it.
Maria Powers10/29/2016
I shudder to think that Pennhurst wasn't closed until 1987! I have suffered from depression since I was five. I'm 62 years old and finally got diagnosed two years ago with bipolar depression. earnest attempt to take my life. I have an autistic grandson who is eleven years old. Can't imagine!
John Zaffino10/29/2016
I have a mentally handicapped sister. She is 62 years old and she lives with my wife and I. This is why.

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