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IOWA  —  The state of Iowa is facing a lawsuit over the treatment of juveniles at a state-run home.

The suit alleges dozens have been mistreated at the Iowa State Training School for Boys in Eldora. The Des Moines Register reports the suit was filed by Disability Rights Iowa and a New York nonprofit called Children’s Rights Inc. They cite the use of isolation rooms at the school, as well as juveniles being denied mental health services.

The lawsuit names the school’s superintendent Mark Day and Iowa DHS director Jerry Foxhoven.

Over the summer, Disability Rights Iowa released a report accusing the school of using excessive punishment methods. Foxhoven defended its practices, saying they were necessary due to the history of violence for some residents.

“These are kids who may have killed somebody, even. They might be convicted of murder or serious assaults. These are kids who have a bad criminal history. We don’t swaddle them because of that, but when they become violent and it puts other kids at risk, we are going to try and protect the other kids,” Foxhoven said.

Richard Shults, the DHS administrator in charge of mental health services, is also a defendant in the lawsuit.

AMES, Iowa  —  Iowa State University has announced a new contract for the school’s head football coach.

Matt Campbell has agreed to a six-year contract worth $22.5 million. This means his guaranteed annual salary will increase from $2.1 million to $3.5 million. The university’s athletics department has also agreed to another $1 million to provide Campbell’s staff incremental raises.

In a Monday evening press release, Campbell said, “I want to thank Jamie (Pollard) for respecting my desire to hold off these conversations until our regular season ended and also for being proactive in supporting the needs of my staff and team as we build a legacy at Iowa State University. The commitment that he and Iowa State have made to us – including some exciting facility enhancements on the horizon – has been critical to my vision for our team going forward.”

This year, Campbell led the Cyclones to a 7-5 overall and 5-4 mark in Big 12 play, which matches the school record for conference wins in a season. Iowa State is also bowl-eligible for the first time in five years, and later this week the Clones will find out their destination.

“We are just getting started at Iowa State,” said Campbell in the release. “To see our culture rapidly developing in concert with some excellent incoming recruits, we are developing a foundation for a program on the brink of success. Most importantly, I want to continue this journey and take Iowa State and its fan base to levels it has never reached. Now, it’s time to hit the recruiting trail and continue to build on what has been achieved this season.”