NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jul 22, 1973
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(Studio) Texans now concerned with treatment of children in delinquents' insts.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(Austin, Texas) Treatment of some delinquents in institution has caused statewide scandal. Many insts. privately owned without state supervision. Scandal began at institution 50 mile from Houston when girl apparently killed herself with poison. State closed school. Witnesses say school's director refused medical treatment for 17 year old girl and beat her for pretended illness. Artesia Hall director faces 1st degree murder charge in girl's death. Investigators appalled by stories told about institution Similar horror stories in other insts. made public since Artesia Hall. Texas legislators make surprise visits to private schools. At Mary Lee School for Girls, operators of institution say girls need discipline. Others say treatment borders on sadism complete with bar cage outside, 4 x 4 closet for disciplinary reasons and concrete shed. [Betty MOSELY - states she was locked overnight in concrete shed. Says there are only walls with scorpions coming in at night.] Angel Luna from Illinois on a truancy charge, was sent to Texas. [Angel LUNA - says there is no freedom at institution] [REPORTER - asks if Angel ever put in any of lockups.] [LUNA - states she was placed in cage and yellow lockup. There were bugs in cage and bugs and spiders in yellow lockup.] [REPORTER - asks how she go out.] [LUNA - states she broke out of lockups.] Texas tries to get tougher laws to prevent such abuse.
REPORTER: George Lewis