269 punished for abusing disabled in Texas

DALLAS (AP) - State records show that 269 employees at Texas' 13 residential centers for the mentally and developmentally disabled were fired or suspended last year for abusing or mistreating residents.

The revelations Friday come a day after Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation aimed at improving security and oversight at the centers.

Records obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request indicate 11 of the 269 firings or suspensions were considered Class I violations. Those involve physical or sexual abuse that caused or may have caused serious physical injury.

Corpus Christi State School, where several former staffers are charged with staging "fight club"-type bouts among residents, disciplined 42 employees, the most of any center.