Fights Break Out At Woodland Hills Youth Center

Posted at 10:18 AM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 11:18:46-05

Four students at the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center could be transferred after three incidents were reported in two days over the Christmas holiday.  

Staff at the facility have confirmed that three, separate fights broke out at the northwest Nashville detention facility in only two days. 

All three incidents apparently happened inside the dorm common and office areas. 

The first was reported around 6:30 p.m. on Christmas day, when four youth reportedly rushed another group and started a fight. Staff were able to break up the altercation and placed the students on lockdown for the rest of the evening.

According to officials, the youth received minor cuts and bruises.

The next day, three students began taunting others and then allegedly forced their way into a staff room, where officials said they destroyed phones, paperwork and a DVD player. 

Less than two hours later, six more students barricaded themselves inside a merit room. They reportedly ransacked that room, breaking chairs, a sprinkler head, air vents and light fixtures. 

Officials said two staff members were hurt by flying glass when a student shattered a window.

The investigation remains ongoing; however, staff members believe the trouble started when two students transferred to the facility. 

The incidents come more than a year after a major escape at the facility.

In 2014, 32 teens escaped and spent several weeks on the run. Back in August, DCS officials said they were still looking for a new permanent replacement for the complex.