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Advocates protest ‘asylum’ haunted house

A haunted house staged at a former psychiatric hospital is the subject of disagreement over the portrayal of those with mental illness.

The Mountain Ridge Paranormal Research Society is sponsoring the “asylum”-themed haunted house event to raise money to save the historic Saint Albans Hospital property in Radford from demolition.

But the attraction isn’t sitting well with some in the community who think the theme and promotional materials are insensitive to former Saint Albans patients and reinforce negative stereotypes of people with mental illness.

The Roanoke Times reports that a group protested at the site Friday night, and planned further demonstrations. Most of them had ties to Radford University’s doctorate of psychology program.


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