NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Authorities say 15 of the 32 teenagers who escaped from Nashville’s Woodland Hills Youth Development Center late Monday night have been taken into custody.
The search for the remaining 17 escapees is ongoing.
According to Rob Johnson, communications director for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, the teens escaped shortly after an employee shift change.
“At about 11 o’clock last night, about 32 youth – we believe – got out of their dorms and managed to slip underneath the perimeter fence,” he said.
Two of the teens were captured quickly, and several more were back in custody by 4 a.m.
Officers were seen combing through the area on foot with K-9s and from a helicopter.
Johnson says the escape happened after a disturbance. It was not immediately clear if any workers were injured.
“Staffing is lighter during the overnight hours, and so, presumably, they planned…
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