NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jul 22, 1973
View other clips in this broadcast →
Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.
(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
Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.
Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:
If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.