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2 teachers injured in riot at Nashville juvenile detention facility

Dave Boucher, The Tennessean • Apr 9, 2018 at 2:41 PM

NASHVILLE — Two teachers were injured and one teen offender escaped amid a riot Monday at a state-run youth detention facility.

A Nashville police spokeswoman said at 11:50 a.m., police dispatch received a call about a riot at a facility called Gateway to Independence.

The facility, formally known as Woodland Hills Youth Detention Center, is operated by the Tennessee Department of Children's Services. Department spokesman Rob Johnson said the riot began around 11:30 a.m. when two teachers were attacked. The teachers are being treated for injuries that are not life threatening, Johnson said.

Minutes after 1 p.m., Nashville police tweeted one of the teens at the facility had escaped. Johnson said the teen escaped through the "sally port," one of the controlled entrances at the center. By 1:25 p.m., police had found the 17-year-old. More about the riot from our partners at The Tennessean.

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