SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials are investigating a youth psychiatric center in southwest Utah suspected of sexual abuse, violence and several other issues.
A letter from the Department of Human Services posted Friday claims staffing issues at Red Rock Canyon School in St. George have left residents and staffers feeling unsafe, escalating a large brawl on April 28. St. George is located about 300 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.
Washington County prosecutor Angela Adams said five youth face a felony-level charge for rioting in juvenile court.
Investigators say the school must enact more than a dozen significant changes or risk losing their license.
School staff did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The school has been the focus of numerous lawsuits concerning the abuse of young residents in recent years.