Teens treated for injuries after Avon Park riot - WFLA News Channel 8

Teens treated for injuries after Avon Park riot

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POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Several teens were treated for minor injuries after a riot broke out at a male juvenile detention facility in Avon Park.

Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to the Avon Park Youth Academy on Saturday night along with SWAT and K-9 teams. It's unclear what started the riot, but authorities say a fire was set in a dumpster.

Deputies said five or six youths were taken to the hospital for minor injuries. No staffers were injured during the riot.

Related story: 08/18/2013 Juvenile detention center riot under control

The Department of Juvenile Justice oversees the facility.

According to its website, the facility is a 144-bed moderate-risk program for males in the juvenile justice system between the ages of 16 and 19-years-old. Teens are taught job skills and receive mental health and substance abuse treatment.

On Monday Polk County Sheriff's Office released the initial 911 call about the riot breaking out. A female voice requested assistance with the riot situation.

"They are uncontrollable at this time," the caller said about the teenagers.

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