Lawsuit alleges kids were abused at Fla. lockup

"FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. A federal class-action lawsuit claims a teenage inmate was sexually abused at a youth offender facility where other juveniles were forced to go hungry, endure hot and moldy conditions, and sleep on the floor.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale by the Southern Poverty Law Center. It alleges that a 15-year-old boy who had been held there for 10 months was sexually abused in a laundry room and at a dental office by an employee at Thompson Academy in Pembroke Pines.

According to the lawsuit, the teen reported the sexual abuse to the facility's administrator and other staff, but nothing was done to remove the employee or prevent him from having contact with the children at Thompson Academy.

The attorneys who filed the lawsuit said the teen tried to kill himself three times by drinking bleach and attempting to hang himself...."

".....The boy........was released to his mother's care on Friday...."

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