Lubbock school workers fired after death

July 18, 2009 2:16:41 PM PDT
An official says six employees of the Lubbock State School were fired for their involvement in the June death of a resident. Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services spokeswoman Laura Albrecht confirmed Friday the workers' involvement in the "physical abuse and neglect of the patient."

Albrecht told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal the employees worked as mental retardation assistants and were involved in direct patient care.

The newspaper reported that Lubbock police were called to the school to investigate the death of a 46-year-old male resident who fell in his room after a struggle with staff.

Problems throughout the state school system led Gov. Rick Perry to declare reform a legislative priority last session.

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