Three teens arrested after escaping from TrueCore facility in Donelson

3 TrueCore staffers fired after escape
Posted at 2:18 AM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 17:28:55-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Three teenagers were arrested after escaping from the TrueCore juvenile detention facility in Donelson late Wednesday.

According to Metro Police, the three teens escaped a little before 10:00p.m. Wednesday. The facility is located on Stewarts Ferry Pike, north of I-40, and is formerly known as the Stones River Academy.

It's unclear how the teenagers managed to get out of the facility.

The three teenagers were arrested shortly after their escape. Two were found near a Waffle House just south of the facility. The third was found at a nearby apartment complex.

TrueCore officials released a statement saying three staff members were fired for "failing to follow proper operating procedures."

"TrueCore Behavioral Solutions provides services to at-risk youth to assist in their development. At times these interactions can produce specific challenges, as has occurred last night at the Academy for Young Men. We appreciate the assistance, support and professionalism of the Metro Nashville Police Department. We have begun investigating the facts of this incident and have terminated three staff from this facility for failing to follow proper operating procedures, which contributed to this escape. We will continue to work with the Department of Children’s Services to make any needed adjustments going forward. The safety of the youth and staff at our facilities and the public are our top priorities."

This is the third escape or attempted escape from the facility since July, according to NewsChannel5 records.