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The Colorado Department of Human Services pulled the license of the El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch on Tuesday after allegations of abuse. (KOAA) The Colorado Department of Human Services pulled the license of the El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch on Tuesday after allegations of abuse. (KOAA)
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El Pueblo is responding to being permanently shut down--accusing the state of not conducting a thorough enough investigation.

The board president--Joshua Wilcoxson--released a statement Friday, saying the state's investigation was incomplete, inconsistent, and inconclusive.

But they won't challenge the decision.

The facility had its license suspended back in September, pending an investigation into abuse allegations and failure to comply with state management standards.

The statement from El Pueblo says they will not challenge the department's actions--calling it a "waste of resources," and also saying the allegations against them have caused irreversible damage.

On Friday we spoke with a former El Pueblo teacher, who told us she suffers from PTSD because of her experience and is pleased it's license has been revoked.

"I have tried to tell them so many times things about how there are gangs that were involved that were with other gangs or fighting other gangs," said Susan Egnor.

"There were people that were picking on the kids that were actually trying to get through the program," Egnor added.

Friday, the Department of Human Services responded to El Pueblo's statement--telling news5 they were actively working together to address concerns over the past year.

But they say in September, when the number of abuse and neglect accusations increased, El Pueblo's overall engagement and cooperation decreased--adding that the treatment facility failed to provide a safe environment for children.

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