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Late Monday night, 32 teens ranging in age from 14 to 19 years old successfully managed a major prison break.

According to Rob Johnson, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, the crafty adolescents, most of whom have at least three felonies on their criminal records, escaped through a weak spot in a fence that surrounds the yard at Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville, TN.

“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,” Johnson said. “Staffing is lighter during the overnight hours, and so, presumably, they planned for that, but we don’t know quite yet. The facility, as I understand, is under control. They’ve brought in extra staff.”

Interestingly, this is the second major security breach at Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in recent months. In May 6 teens escaped from their dorm rooms, but didn’t manage to make it off the property.

Last year, an investigative news team released footage of guards at the facility sleeping on the job. 

It sounds like they need a little bit more than extra staff.

Two of the teens were captured immediately. A dozen more were located with the help of police K-9 dogs and helicopters.

As of this morning, WSMV reports that 10 of the escaped teens are still at large.

They shouldn’t be hard to spot running around Nashville in their prison duds, described as  gray or white T-shirts, dark blue pants and white or black sneakers.

WSMV Channel 4

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ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press |

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Nashville police car leaves the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling through a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and more than half of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and 10 of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said.

The teens — ages 14 to 19 — left their rooms and went into a common area, where they overwhelmed 16 to 18 staff members, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services spokesman Rob Johnson said.

The group then kicked out a metal panel under a window to get out of the building and into a yard, Johnson said. The teens realized they could lift part of the chain-link fence surrounding the yard and get out, Johnson said.

He said the fence is buried 8 inches deep into the ground, but the teens managed to pull up a weak portion and get out underneath. Once staff members saw some of the group leaving, they called the police, Johnson said.

Two teens were captured immediately and others were found overnight, Johnson said. Some were found by authorities, others turned themselves in, and others were turned in by their parents, he said.

Local police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were still searching for 10 from the group Tuesday morning.

The state-owned center in northwest Nashville held 78 teens at the time of the escape, and most had committed at least three felonies, Johnson said. The center has a school, offers vocational training and career counseling, and works to move teens to less restrictive settings, according to a state website. It holds teens until their 19th birthdays, and all have been charged as juveniles, not adults. Their records are sealed.

At the center, the teens stay in single rooms that are locked from the outside but can be pushed open from the inside, Johnson said. They wear blue pants with white or light gray T-shirts. The clothing has no markings.

The detention center was calm and back under control Tuesday morning, Johnson said. Police cars were on the scene, but there was little activity at the center or its neighbors — a women’s prison, several offices for trucking companies and other businesses.

On the western edge of the facility, the spot where the teens escaped, the closest neighbors are a frozen pizza plant and a liquor distributor.


Associated Press writer Travis Loller contributed to this report.

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