Three Training School Administrators Reassigned

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State Department of Human Services Executive Director Thelma Brittain said Tuesday that the administrators of Oakley Training School near Raymond, Columbia Training School near Columbia and Ironwood, a separate maximum-security unit inside Oakley, were reassigned last Thursday and will remain off their regular jobs indefinitely.

They are being paid, and Brittain said they could be fired if DHS and the state attorney general's office independently verify the abuse accusations.

She said the changes were made at the schools for juvenile offenders because of a U.S. Department of Justice report that said young people had been hogtied, chained to poles, ordered to exercise at odd hours and forced to eat their own vomit when they got sick from the exertion.

Brittain, state Attorney General Mike Moore and other state officials met today with Justice Department officials to discuss the report.

Moore said he tried several times to get the names of children who claimed they had been abused at the training schools, but the Justice Department would NOT release names.

Moore said he will prosecute people on child abuse charges if his office can put together names, dates and other relevant information.

DHS officials said Michael Morris had been administrator at Columbia about three and a half years. Richard James was named acting administrator of the Columbia school.

Nanolla Yasdani had been administrator of Oakley for about nine years. Irvin "Rocky'' Holston was named acting administrator of Oakley.

DHS would not release the name of the Ironwood administrator, but said that person had been on the job about a year. Robert Franklin was named acting administrator.

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