32 teens escape Tenn. youth detention center

Nashville, Tenn. (The Tennessean) -- Eight teenagers who escaped from a Nashville detention center remain at large Tuesday after a massive police manhunt that resulted in the capture of 24 others.

Thirty-two teens escaped from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Bordeaux around 11 p.m. Monday, right after the 10:30 shift change. Eight teens were still at large at 10 a.m., according to Rob

Johnson, spokesman for the Department of Children's Services.

There are fewer staffers at Woodland Hills overnight.

The teens were able to get into the yard and then broke out through a weak spot under a fence, Johnson said. The escapees are all boys between 14 and 18 years old who were brought to Nashville from across the state.

"Most of the kids have at least three felonies," Johnson said.

Metro police are working with DCS and the Tennessee Highway Patrol to find the youths.

Johnson said 78 boys were at the facility yesterday before the breakout.

Six or seven teens at Woodland Hills broke out of their rooms and into the courtyard in May. In that case, staffers and caseworkers convinced the teens to return inside.

In 2013, nine teenage girls escaped from the G4S Academy for Young Women in Donelson.


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