Teens Escape Detention Center —Twice in Week

Video shows juveniles may have assaulted a staff member
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 4, 2014 11:42 AM CDT
Teens Escape Detention Center —Twice in Week
Police work in front of the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

A violent disturbance broke out involving more than 20 teens at the same Nashville juvenile detention center where 32 escaped earlier this week. About 28 teens—some of whom had also escaped during Monday's massive breakout—were involved in the latest incident that began last night, a rep for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services says. The teens had gotten out of their dorm and were roaming the campus. Video shot by WTVF showed teens chasing and assaulting a man who appeared to be a staff member, while photos showed teens carrying sticks and one spraying a fire extinguisher. Two staff members at the center suffered minor injuries, the rep says.

Teams from the Tennessee Department of Correction entered the center early today and took the teens into custody. Ten ringleaders of the incident were identified and brought to another detention center. The rest were returned to their dorms. Thirty-two teens escaped from the detention center Monday night. Officials said they had kicked out metal panels under the windows in common areas of their dorms to reach the courtyard and slipped out under a weak spot in the perimeter fence. Six of them remained at large. The rep says the same panels were kicked out again to get to the yard last night. Officials have begun repairing and reinforcing the panels and will try to pour concrete at the bottom of the perimeter fence. (More Nashville stories.)

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