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Close the Door on Green Chimneys Abuse Mill/RTC Brewster, NY

170 Signatures Goal: 100

Attorney General Schneiderman, Senators Gillibrand & Schumer, Gov. Cuomo: We are writing you today asking your office to hold a formal investigation of Green Chimneys and Managing Director and Founder Samuel B. Ross Jr. Green Chimneys has a long standing history of abuse. The current director Joseph Whalen has an M.BA and no background in psychology or any child/human services related field. Dr. Ross is a fraud who touts animals and farm life as the one answer to everything. Green Chimneys has been the subject of multiple lawsuits over the years. More often than not the plaintiffs are paid off so as not to give Green Chimneys a black eye. 3 rapists-murderers named Philip Zagarella, Eric Lau & Eric Napoletano were at Green Chimneys, Zagrella and Napoletano in the 70s, Lau in the 90s. We found out about them online. There's even a book about Napoletano called 'Mama's Boy" by Richard Pienciak. On May 30, 2001 the local paper featured an article about 3 Green Chimneys boys raping an 8-year-old boy. Animals certainly did not cure them. You can read about them online. There are Green Chimneys survivor sites on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and other watchdog groups. We need your help. Sexual and physical abuse continue at Green Chimneys. There are even videos on YouTube about the abuse there. According to the Deseret News: "Some of the schools have been criminally investigated by state or local authorities, including an expansive probe by the New York Attorney General's Office of Ivy Ridge Academy near the border of Canada and the United States." Please conduct a similar AND thorough investigation into Green Chimneys. Education at Green Chimneys has been called very inadequate. You can read online and it takes place to this day that grades 1-8 are split into A and B. Students in B classes are called slow and there have been questions as to whether any of the "teachers" have credentials. Kids are slapped; have their hair pulled; called retarded and beaten. In some cases they are dragged out of the room at the whim of the teacher and not because of any discernible behavior. Survivors we have talked to all say the same thing - you spend more time doing farm chores than you do in a classroom. Upon leaving Green Chimneys, you have to work hard to maintain your grade level because Green Chimneys has such woefully inadequate material and standards. Among the many complaints, these include but are not limited to the following: Hiring sexual predators Beating Kids Dr. Samuel B. Ross Jr. beating, slapping, kicking kids and making them eat cigarettes Sexual predators among staff & older students; sexual abuse Kids being slapped; kicked; having their hair pulled and being thrown to the ground and in some cases walked on Roomleaders and other larger, older students and staff taking things from younger kids Hiring teenagers under the age of 18 to be in charge of each dorm room, some of whom are abusive and beat the younger kids with impunity Hiring house staff who are abusive and whose backgrounds have not been provided Public beatings conducted by Dr. Samuel B. Ross Jr. Meager portions of food during meal times that usually arrives cold Dragging kids out of the mess hall and beating them when they request more food Some staff would beat kids indiscriminately This petition on was started by a group of Green Chimneys survivors asking for justice, and who are trying to protect the kids who are still in there. We are calling on your office to hold a formal investigation of the schools immediately.

  • Domenico  Palmieri
    Domenico Palmieri United States, Brewster
    Dec 20, 2016
    Dec 20, 2016
    I was a student there and all i can say its all true about the abuse from there especially from mr king... need to call me my number is 845 612 1847
  • Daniel Antonaros
    Daniel Antonaros United States
    Oct 21, 2016
    Oct 21, 2016
    I lived there for years my entire childhood I came out at the age of 18 I was so horrified I was afraid of every person of color for years and I suffer with ptsd to this day at the age of 28
  • Carmelita Villalongo
    Carmelita Villalongo United States, Louisville
    Oct 19, 2016
    Oct 19, 2016
    Thank you for starting something like this. My daughter got refered to this program its supposedly will help her with her anxiety she has towards school considering she's been abused by teachers in the past. If it weren't for all these people commenting and writing reviews and starting a petition I would of had my 8 year old in harms way. This is very helpful.
  • Jacob Tresco
    Jacob Tresco United States, Wallkill
    Sep 19, 2016
    1
    Sep 19, 2016
    I was at GCS from 2009, until 2013. In parallel with Nicholas J Ortiz, I too have dealt with the abuse from Mr. King. On top of that, we went to the local police department two days after the incident, because my mother noticed large bruises covering me from my lower back to my hamstrings, from when he had thrown me down to the floor and restrained me. He had made the claim that I had been kicking him several times, when eight other teachers were able to confirm no such thing. I will happily sign this petition, along with the other victims, to help stop such unspeakable acts.
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    Domenico Palmieri United States
    3 months ago
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    Kaella United States
    5 months ago
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    Daniel Antonaros United States
    5 months ago
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    Carmelita Villalongo United States
    5 months ago
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    Jacob Tresco United States
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    peter breslin United States
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    James Davis United States
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    Nicolas j ortiz United States
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    Daniel Davis United States
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    Josh Ortiz United States
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    paul finnerty United States
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    Yudelka United States
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    Sanci Bell United States
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    Richard L Williams United States
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