Alleged abuse at school being eyed

A boarding school that operated from 2009-14 in Salem was a horror story for at least some of the boys and girls there, according to two former students who have filed a lawsuit over their alleged mistreatment.

They contend a “culture of silence and secrecy” allowed children to be neglected and to be abused emotionally, physically and sexually.

A sickening list of abuses at the former Miracle Meadows School, which accepted children ages 6-17, is detailed in the lawsuit.

What happened there may be established conclusively through a trial. But it is known something was badly wrong at the school. While it was open, the facility was named in more than a dozen complaints alleging students were abused.

Finally, in 2014, state officials shut Miracle Meadows down. Its former director, Susan Gayle Clark, pleaded guilty to child neglect creating a substantial risk of injury. She was sentenced to six months in jail and five months on probation.

Could Clark have been brought to justice sooner? Should others who worked at Miracle Meadows face charges, too?

Even more important, how is it that the school was allowed to stay open despite numerous reports children were being abused there?

State officials should be required to address those questions — and the answers had better be acceptable.

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