Columbia Training School administrators suspended for alleged shackling incident

The state is investigating whether eight female juveniles housed at the Columbia Training School were leg-shackled after allegedly threatening to escape.

Department of Human Services Director Donald Taylor said Friday afternoon that if the shackling took place, it was a violation of department policy.  He says while no serious injuries were asserted in the case, the juveniles are receiving medical care.  He also says administrators in charge at the time of the alleged incident have been suspended with pay pending the completion of the investigation.

Taylor also said that if the incident did happen, his office would consider, quote--"all possible solutions that will prevent this type of mistreatment in the future, including potentially closing the training school facilities."