Thirty Juveniles Escape a Nashville Detention Center

Katherine De Guzman – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Nashville, TN, United States (4E) – Thirty teenagers managed to get past through sixteen guards at Woodland Hills Youth Development center on Monday evening but most of them are already back in the detention center.

Twenty-two of the kids however went back by Tuesday evening and eight are still in flight.

Teens, aged 14 to 19 years old, reportedly left their rooms at around 11 P.M. The teens then gathered in a joint area and due to having 78 teens in 12 dormitories, the Department of Children’s Services spokesman Rob Johnson noted that the unarmed staff were “overwhelmed”.

Johnson added that there were fewer guards who were watching the teens so they presumed that the kids planned the escape carefully as they looked at the understaffing as an opportunity.

The teens were said to have simultaneously getting out from four dormitories than crawled out off a fence. The juveniles were reported to have kicked the metal panels under the windows to get to the yard. The teens then ran around before they slipped through the fence.

Some of the teens have been caught by the police. Others have been turned in immediately by their families to the detention center.

LaWanda Knowles, the aunt of one of the teens said, “He broke loose, he was gone, but he’s back now.” Knowles added that she just wants to know her nephew is back safely. She noted that she does not want police beating him or anything like that.

Knowles narrated that police knocked on their door at around five in the morning looking for the teenager. The teen was at their house at seven in the morning and Knowles said that the teen wanted to see his family that’s why he escaped.

No one from the staff was reported to be hurt.

The police already released mug shots of the eight teens that are still at large. They are all around 17-18 years of age.

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