Report: Students regularly go missing from school for troubled teens

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HAWTHORNE -

Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Carl Fugenzi is joining a growing list of elected officials to call for big changes at Hawthorne Cedar Knolls.

The mounting pressure comes after an explosive report in the New York Times that nearly every day, a teenager is missing from the campus. The facility is a rehabilitation center for troubled children.

State Sen. Terrence Murphy is introducing legislation that would get rid of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, the group that runs the organization for troubled children. He says the agency has failed these children, failed their families and failed the communities.

A spokesperson for the board released a statement saying in part that their “highest priority is to provide our residents a safe and therapeutic community. Hawthorne Cedar Knolls is not a detention center, and unfortunately short, unauthorized departures are a common coping mechanism for traumatized youth, which we work with them to understand and overcome."

Murphy says his bill has bipartisan support. He says he hopes it will be debated in the Legislature next year.

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