In 1938 came the first whispers of something more sinister, when a former Superior Court judge accused the institution of neglect. While the state investigation sided with the School, this was not the last time the public would hear such rumors. These accusations occurred as a new Superintendent would take the reins at the Pownal State School, Dr. N.S. Kupelian, who countered that he would “welcome an investigation any time”.
The State ended up siding with the institution, and nothing came of the allegations.