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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Alleged abuse at training school caught on video

Thank goodness this place is being closed.

From WVIT-30 (including video)
A video captured inside the Conn. Juvenile Training School shows a guard knocking a teen to the ground and then punching him.

Michael Probulis, 15, was in the training facility for violating juvenile parole. He was just days away from release when he says he ended up with scrapes and bruises on his neck, back, elbow and elsewhere.

"What he did wasn't right," Probulis said. He suffers from a heart condition and asthma and says he couldn't breathe during part of the ordeal.

The teen's mother, Anne Wescott, hopes releasing this video will help keep other teens safe in a troubled facility already targeted for closure because of a long history of problems.

"It's real tough to watch it," she said.

The teen’s family said the Department of Children and Families turned over the video.

In a statement DCF Commissioner Darlene Dunbar said, “If the allegations prove true, this clearly is unacceptable for any staff. We are fully investigating this matter, and if warranted, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination."