Nine teens found on roof of Mountain View Youth Development Center

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DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Police were called to Mountain View Youth Development Center in Dandridge after nine teenagers were found on the roof of the building Sunday night.

Nine teens were found on the roof of Mountain View Detention Center on July 21 according to Dandridge Police. / Source: (WVLT)

According to Dandridge Police, the teens found access to the building's roof through a maintenance room around 9 p.m.

Dandridge Police Officers and deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and were able to get the teens off the roof in less than 20 minutes, officials said.

No one was able to escape the facility.

One juvenile was injured from getting onto the roof, possibly from barbed wire, police said.

Jennifer Donnals, a spokeswoman for the Department of Children's Services, said, "Safety is the number one priority of the Department of Children’s Services, for both the juveniles in our custody and the public. The department received a report from TrueCore, the private provider that is contracted by DCS to operate the Mountain View Academy for Young Men in Dandridge, regarding an incident Sunday evening in which several youth exited their staff-secured dorms unsupervised and moved outside to the fence-secured yard at the facility. The youth never left the campus. The department appreciates our law enforcement partners who responded to the facility to help restore order and get the youth back into their dorms. DCS is working with TrueCore on action steps and a security plan to ensure the facility and the surrounding community are safe."

Donnals said, "Mountain View is both a hardware-secured and staff-secured youth treatment center operated by TrueCore that serves male youth, ages 13- to 19-years-old, who have been committed to state custody for various offenses by the Juvenile Courts."

Dandridge Police say they are working with the district attorney's office to pursue attempted escape and vandalism charges against the teens.

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