Teen who OD'd at KidsPeace dies

One of two teenage girls who overdosed on methadone that one of them allegedly stole from a counselor at a KidsPeace group home died today, the Lehigh County coroner said. Full Story
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Bob

Whitehall, PA

#1 May 2, 2008
Close KidsPeace!
Izzie

United States

#2 May 2, 2008
While this is a terribly sad event, lets remember, this young girl made a fatal decision. She and her friend stole the drugs and then took them. KidsPeace is being investigated, which is valid, but lets remember, too, that the children serviced there are not children without major problems.
Kooper

Johnstown, PA

#3 May 2, 2008
OK....did I read this correct? The COUNSELOR has unsecured methadone at the site? What more is should an individual with methadone even be responsible for the care of troubled youth and thugs? Buh Bye KidsPeace
Clear Channel Groupy

Allentown, PA

#4 May 2, 2008
Condolences to family and friends.
Brandon

AOL

#6 May 2, 2008
Close KidsPeace and do what with the 9998 other clients that it serves Bob? Where would you like to see them sent...perhaps to their parents that already aren't able to raise them and properly handle them? Perhaps to another instituition that is far worse then KidsPeace? Unfortunately there are no winners here and KidsPeace tries its best to do a job no one should have to do. All while being extremely imperfect, just like the rest of us.
Tree_Huggin_Hipp ie

Fleetwood, PA

#7 May 2, 2008
Why would a minor's name be published?
One Who Knows

Philadelphia, PA

#8 May 2, 2008
This is a very sad day. I agree with an earlier post. KidsPeace has worn out it's welcome in the Lehigh Valley. What's scary is the caliber of teacher's and teacher's aides their "schools" employ. Incompetent as they come. Close it NOW!
once was helped

United States

#11 May 2, 2008
This is a very tragic situation and I offer my condolences to the family of this girl. Hopefully lessons will be learned.
ann

United States

#16 May 2, 2008

Why doesnt mcalltake this comment section off. People are sick. They made sure they took the comments off toward the Parkland school
teacher who struck a child and talked horrible to many more former football players.
OH_BOY

Bethlehem, PA

#18 May 2, 2008
a counselor on methadone for pain? wtf is that? under the influence of methadone while working with teen drug addicts.. cmon kp this counselor was a rehabed junkie using the methadone for the heroine..if kp knew this person was on methadone while at work with or w/o a script , they have to be smelling a major law suit. this is a sad day for the girl and a tragic day for kp, business wise. they could barely afford the last law suit. hmm me thinks the other referring agencies will start to pull kids. bye bye saylorsburg kp..and bye bye kp for a bit.

i still can't believe kp allowed this lady to work under the influence of methadone. if she was not using the methadone at work, why did she did have an item deemed contraband , on her person or property. even if the kids stole the methadone, it had to be on kp property or she had to have it with her when she took the young ladies off grounds.either in a purse ,van or her own car...ouch....
now lets see how the spin meister mark stubis responds to this tragic incident. wonder if a kp paid doc wrote the scipt. this is going to get ugly...
Bossy Gillis

AOL

#19 May 2, 2008
This place used to be the Wiley House and I don't ever remember so many problems. On the other hand, I don't know if they took kids from all over the tri state area like KidsPeace.
Bob

Whitehall, PA

#20 May 2, 2008
Brandon wrote:
Close KidsPeace and do what with the 9998 other clients that it serves Bob? Where would you like to see them sent...perhaps to their parents that already aren't able to raise them and properly handle them? Perhaps to another instituition that is far worse then KidsPeace? Unfortunately there are no winners here and KidsPeace tries its best to do a job no one should have to do. All while being extremely imperfect, just like the rest of us.
Jail is fine.
Jim

Whitehall, PA

#21 May 2, 2008
I agree with Bob and One who knows - CLOSE KidsPeace Now!!!
Beth

Whitehall, PA

#22 May 2, 2008
They take in gang members, Bloods and Crips, from Philly, that's why they have problems. I agree with Bob, these kids belong in juvenile detention.
Brandon

AOL

#23 May 2, 2008
Great, let's stick the ten thousands juvenille's being treated by Kidspeace in Jail....sounds like a real problem solver to me!

Get a grip!
OH_BOY

Bethlehem, PA

#24 May 2, 2008
Brandon wrote:
Close KidsPeace and do what with the 9998 other clients that it serves Bob? Where would you like to see them sent...perhaps to their parents that already aren't able to raise them and properly handle them? Perhaps to another instituition that is far worse then KidsPeace? Unfortunately there are no winners here and KidsPeace tries its best to do a job no one should have to do. All while being extremely imperfect, just like the rest of us.
send em all back to their referal agencies.UPS em if need be. most have been misplaced in terms of their acuity levels, to begin with...its has been all about the bucks for kp since john peters retired.
do it before a judge mandates that....drop each one off at the children and youth agencies from each state, county, country from which they came. sad sad day....
wow

United States

#25 May 2, 2008
Bob wrote:
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Jail is fine.
so they can learn even more criminal behavior and when they come out, they'll be real seasoned criminals, yeah, that's smart?!
Phil

Whitehall, PA

#26 May 2, 2008
Brandon wrote:
Great, let's stick the ten thousands juvenille's being treated by Kidspeace in Jail....sounds like a real problem solver to me!
Get a grip!
What would you do Brandon, keep those juvenile delinquents including sexual predators at your house? These kids are mostly gang members and rapists. I agree with Bob close kidspeace and send them (administration ans kids) to prison!
John Doe

Philadelphia, PA

#27 May 2, 2008
Jim wrote:
I agree with Bob and One who knows - CLOSE KidsPeace Now!!!
Jim how many kids have you taken in and help?
A sad story

Bethlehem, PA

#28 May 2, 2008
WFMZ Reports:

"A spokesman for KidsPeace says the pills were apparently stolen from a counselor when she drove one of the teenagers to an appointment."

If I am counting right this is the third version of this story I have heard.

Drive a kid (probably w a substance abuse problem) to an appointment in a personal car with methadone in it. Not a good combo at all.

This is a very sad story in many ways.

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