For Immediate Release
March 11, 2019
Contact: Colleen Kennedy, 610 609 6456, email@example.com
MADDEN, ZIDEK AND STOLLSTEIMER CALL FOR THE PA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE THE VIOLENCE AT THE GLEN MILLS SCHOOL
Media, PA – County Councilmen Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek joined Democratic candidate for Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer today in calling for District Attorney Katayoun Copeland to refer the allegations of systemic abuse of children and cover ups at the Glen Mills Schools, detailed over the past several weeks in a series of investigative stories in the Philadelphia Inquirer, to the Pennsylvania Attorney General for an independent criminal investigation.
“The detailed allegations of decades-long physical abuse of children at the Glen Mills Schools is sickening.” said Madden and Zidek. “As elected officials, we need to know what law enforcement agencies in Delaware County, including the District Attorney’s office, have known about these repeated incidents and why no actions have been taken to stop the systemic abuse of children in our county.”
“Pennsylvania law provides for county prosecutors to refer investigations to the State Attorney General when the local prosecutor may have a conflict,” said Stollsteimer. “This case cries out for such a referral. Part of any independent investigation must include a determination of what the DA’s office knew about the systemic abuse alleged to have gone on at Glen Mills for decades and why they didn’t act to protect children,” he continued.
“It’s clearly a conflict for the DA’s office to investigate itself and we can’t understand if District Attorney Copeland can’t see the obvious conflict or if she’s trying to sweep her office’s inaction under the rug,” said Zidek.
Madden, Zidek and Stollsteimer join Philadelphia Council members Helen Gym, Kenyatta Johnson, State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-181) and Danilo Burgos (D-197), and local youth leaders who have called for an investigation into Glen Mills by Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office.