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#24 Sep 13, 2010
Living local to Pennhurst for 35 years - it was housing for those who could NOT be housed at their own home. You cannot make mockery of people who could not help themselves, There were no meds at that time to quell what they could not control themselves. This is a moral issue not a business proposition-similar to the Muslim site in NYC-it is a moral issue and respect for the the afflicted and the victims. Another unaddressed issue-controlling the traffic on Pennhurst Rd - the main road leading to the site; and, who will be paying for the policing, security, etc, as well as the re-paving of Pennhurst Rd that cannot handle such traffic? Should not be our local taxes! Mr. Chakejian - reconsider your business plan and make it a positive move - Yes to a museum, No to a mockery of those less fortunate than you!
#25 Sep 18, 2010
Relatively harmless, sure as long as it wasn't one of YOUR "relatives" that lived through hell and abuse there, then it wouldn't be so entertaining. That isn't PC and it isn't something families "get over". Really, if your family was tortured in a place, you don't think it would bother you if others used that place and their tragedy for "family entertainment". So by your logic you would support entertainment ventures at ANY places where people were killed, tortured, abused, murdered... so you support doing this at the site of the twin towers, places where miners die, where airplanes crashed, in cemeteries, Oklahoma bombing site, disasterous fires, floods, hurricane sites, anywhere and everywhere, the bottom line is if it can make money, it doesn't matter if it is insensitive to the families it effects, if it wasn't your family member then it is "realtively harmless" because by your standards no one else's family seems to matter. No matter how you justify it, it's just wrong and insensitive.
#26 Sep 19, 2010
I'm not really sure how I feel on this issue, as I can see both sides. However, why is it ok for there to be the number one haunted attraction in the country (Eastern State Penitentiary), and I don't see any controversy there each year. People were certainly tortured, abused, and murdered there as well...
I do find it funny that all of the sudden people care about Pennhurst. That property has sat empty and rotting away for years, and no one gave it a second thought. Now all of the sudden someone wants to use it for something, and give some people some jobs, and people are up in arms about it.
#27 Nov 6, 2010
il pay for ghost tour if they ever have one
#28 Dec 9, 2010
For many many years, people with disabilities have been worngly stereotyped as being dangerous, scary and people to be feared (think about Captain Hook and evil characters in movies and books). At the same time, people with disabilities have also been used as forms of entertainment (court jesters, objects of humor).
Using a setting like Pennhurst, even if there is no intent to mock people with disabilities, continues to promote stereotypes that keep people with disabilites as seen as the "other" - rather than our family members, friends and neighbors. No community benefits from this kind of effort.
#29 Dec 9, 2010
Many people seem to believe there was nothing but abuse in these institutions. That is not true. Yes there was abuse, but it wasn't a torture chamber as some of you write.
I know someone who worked there, and there were many many kind people who worked but they were always shorthanded which made it very hard to give the care the residents needed.
I had read that the organizers of the haunted house were not going to use the history of Pennhurst in the haunted house. Did they do this or not?
#30 Feb 21, 2011
I hope they wake something up that retaliates. Good luck!
#31 Feb 21, 2011
I know people who LIVED There... so what. There are always going to be conflicting stories and not necessarily to discredit but more because of position and perspective. To the patients and some others it was torture for MOST of the workers that have come forward have stated in multiple interviews and documented on files that they DID NOT agree with treatment of patients and that they fully felt what was happening and the conditions was, by all means, TORTURE... regardless the intention.
Please continue to justify how the state discards human life but funds, endlessly, the research on how to cure these problems they throw away. Please justify that.
#32 Oct 21, 2012
so, what, retarded people don't matter? how can a person discount the suffering of the most vulnerable individuals in our community. they are the only minority with NO VOICE!! they can not speak for themselves.
i have an idea, let's make a haunted house on a slave ship like amistad where hundreds of people were brutalized and tortured.
would that be "fun" for you?
let's make a haunted house at auschwitz! let's mock the suffering of the jews who were starved and murdered in world war II!
would that be "fun for the whole family"?
let's make a haunted house at columbine high school! god, americans think they need to be so politically correct these days. lighten up!
let's build a haunted house outside of laramie, wyoming where matthew shepard was murdered in 1998. it's halloween people! it's time to have fun! if you don't like it, just don't GO! DUH!
SHOULD THIS BE OKAY WITH YOU?? the residents of pennhurst asylum were STARVED, SEXUALLY ABUSED, PHYSICALLY ABUSED, SEVERELY NEGLECTED, BOUND AND GAGGED and EXPERIMENTED ON. SEX OFFENDERS were housed with patients diagnosed with NOTHING WORSE THAN ADHD.
We, as Americans have not recognized the special needs individual as HUMANS until very recently. their rights were established in hindsight after the civil rights movement was nearing it's close.
PENNHURST SHOULD BE A MEMORIAL. NOT A HAUNTED HOUSE.
#33 Oct 22, 2012
My Aunt worked at Pennhurst for 20 years. I had talked with her concerning the talk of abuse of the patients there. She said that the patients were treated well.
#34 Oct 22, 2012
Someone mentioned Hitler. Did you know in Poland people can take tours of Auschwitz? I recently met a person from Great Britain and she was telling me a friend traveled to Poland took a tour.
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