A Statement Regarding the "Pennhurst Haunted Asylum"

PMPA is completely opposed to the operation of a haunted attraction at Pennhurst that portrays people with disabilities in a demeaning and degrading fashion. Demonizing people with disabilities as a profit-making ‘entertainment’ is (and should be) offensive to everyone. We urge everyone who shares our disgust to speak out against the ‘haunted asylum’ and boycott this travesty.

Please consider signing the petition circulating against the Pennhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction.

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Julie Stitz06/06/2021
I am so upset by this attraction. Pennhurst needs to be a memorial so those who suffered there can rest in peace.be on the side of justice not the oppressor,for All those babies, children and adults who were severely abused here.this attraction is pure disrespect and for profit.
Where is the petition? The link ends at a 404 error page.
Veronica Schenk09/22/2020
Pennhurst attraction does not depict the former atrocities . The whole point is a spooky hospital theme based in a former hospital. They are not mocking patients who suffered there. Ive been to Pennhurst many times and it is an awesome attraction. Go cry about it, but I wont. Ill be enjoying it
Lisa Reh10/16/2019
In 1979 I spent a weekend at Pennhurst painting walls in different rooms and trying to add brightness to this horrid place. I saw things there that a haunted house could never duplicate. All funds raised on these tours should be donated to Americans with disabilities for care. God help them
Sean dolan10/12/2019
I was a patient at eastern state school and hospital, a similar place located in trevose pa. If all proceeds do not go to the people who languished here then it ought to be closed permanently. They wont let the anguished energies that exist there rest. Let me know how I can help please.
Nikita Weaver09/16/2019
I work in the behavioral health field and find the haunted house distasteful. That being said, it's a smart business move that might held fund upkeep so we can develop a comprehensive museum similar to Eastern State Penitentiary.
I was extremely disappointed in my experience here. This place has great potential but run very poorly. There were signs to find the attraction but as soon as we parked we were totally lost. The parking lot was in the middle of the woods and there were literally zero signs or staff members present
Steve Angstadt10/16/2018
I'll post this every year. Just remember, if you choose to visit Pennhurst, there are people alive today that were placed in this facility. I know several. The stories are true becasue you can see it on their bodies and in the way they behave , think and feel.
I work with individuals with Intellectual/Developmental disabilities. Some were residents at Pennhurst and other similar institutions. I am absolutely outraged that they are profitting from other peoples trauma. These victims are still alive and have residual effects from the abuse endured.
Caroline Lambert10/04/2018
I understand shutting down a business is not something to consider but what about changing it. Making a day time walk-through to learn about the disgraceful events that went on could be something to consider. Educate people why there are laws created because of Pennhurst. It could be respectful.
A lot of the patients were children or had the minds of children. Making a mockery of these poor people and their sufferings is really horrendous. Have some respect. Suffer the Little Children, a heartbreaking news story. Watch and then ask do you think if a haunted house is still appropriate?
Ron Koenig08/22/2018
Preservation of historic sites such as Penhurst should be paramount over cheap thrills. Ultimately, it will receive protection as a historical landmark while the haunt will be a quickly forgotten footnote in the sites long and impressive history.
Mark Northrup04/12/2018
Recently made a visit to Pennhurst, the second the tour guide saw me and my friend they were on the phone with the police. As an energy woker i visit these places to help clear them out and i have to say the energy there is pissed at these people for doing this to their resting place it's palpable.
Timothy Britton10/20/2017
Seriously? A petition against using it as a Haunted Attraction? If this place had not become such a horrid example of how human beings with psychological should NOT be treated, there would be no mystique. Give me a freakin break.
Wow. This is absolutely ridiculous. People are so sensitive nowadays and I'm tired of the 'political correctness.' All you people are such snowflakes.

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