32 teens escape from Nashville detention center
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirty-two teens “overwhelmed” their minders and escaped from a juvenile detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence, a state government spokesman said. Hours later Tuesday, eight were still on the run.
Police caught up with some walking along roads or coming out of the woods. Some turned themselves in. And some were swiftly delivered back to the detention center by their own families, concerned about what other trouble they might face on the outside.
“He broke loose, he was gone, but he’s back now,” said LaWanda Knowles, whose nephew joined the escape. “I just want to know that he’s here safely and he’s OK — I don’t want the police jumping on him, nobody beating on him or nothing.”
The teens — ages 14 to 19 — left their rooms at the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center at about 11 p.m. Monday night and “overwhelmed” the staff in a common area, said Tennessee Department of Children’s Services spokesman Rob Johnson.
“Staffing was lighter during the overnight hours, so presumably they had planned for that,” Johnson said.