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Abuse complaints pile up at West Virginia school


CHARLESTON, WV (AP) - An Associated Press review of state records shows a former boarding school in Salem was named in more than a dozen complaints of abuse and mistreatment over the past five years.

Since 2009, the Department of Health and Human Resources has received 15 formal complaints about West Virginia private schools, including 13 about the Miracle Meadows school. The DHHR released the complaints to the AP in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

A Miracle Meadows teacher was accused in August of choking a young resident unconscious and handcuffing other residents in their rooms to restrain them. The teacher and the school's co-founder were arrested, the school was shut down and the DHHR removed the school's 19 students.

The school is in the process of being sold.

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