Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Pressured to Surrender License Amid Investigations of Abuse, Reports A Case for Women

Kurn Hattin Voluntarily Gives Up License to Operate as a Residential Treatment Facility

In mid-September of this year, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children was pressured to give up its license to operate as a residential treatment facility after an investigation by the Department for Children and Families uncovered that the school failed to report instances of sexual abuse, reports A Case for Women.

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And sadly, this investigation is only the tip of the iceberg. Dozens of former Kurn Hattin students have accused school staff and administrators of physical and sexual abuse, stretching back decades. According to documents associated with a pending lawsuit against Kurn Hattin, more than 60 children were allegedly assaulted by caregivers, administrators or peers at the school from the 1940s through 2019. Even worse, this

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Children whose homes burned down in wildfires struggle to return to online schooling

The Pearl Hill fires burned down several homes in Bridgeport, seen Sept. 10. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)
The Pearl Hill fires burned down several homes in Bridgeport, seen Sept. 10. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)

Monserrat Gildo and her 11-year-old sister Citally were already grappling with a rocky start to the school year: Bridgeport, like most other districts in Washington, began the school year online.

Then came the Pearl Hill wildfire.

Police slipped warning letters under doors and told people to leave. On Labor Day, 15-year-old Monserrat and her family evacuated as fire tore through the Douglas County town, turning homes, barns and cars to ash. But for a few items, “everything my parents worked for was lost,” said Monserrat, who goes by Monse. “Everything just got burned down.”

Suddenly children here are reeling from two crises: a world upended by a global pandemic and housing insecurity in the wake of environmental disaster. After the fire cleared, most Bridgeport residents were without water, electricity or internet

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