Three 16 year olds at the State Training School for Boys are suing the school, the head of the Iowa Department of Human Services and others, saying the school's denying them proper mental health coverage and using inhumane disciplinary methods.
The boys, one from Des Moines, one from Muscatine and one from Sioux Center, say the school puts teens with disciplinary problems in "filthy" solitary confinement cells as punishment. It also says instead of the mental health care they need, they're given power psychotropic drugs without their parents' permission.
The suit asks the federal court to order proper mental health care and to appoint an independent monitor to ensure the facility carries out any court order.
Here's the lawsuit as filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of Iowa: