Juvenile Justice Center fight leaves 3 staff members hurt
Three staff members at the state-run Baltimore Juvenile Justice Center were slightly injured yesterday during an altercation with a group of teenagers, an official said.
LaWanda Edwards, a spokeswoman for the center on North Gay Street, said the incident occurred about 11 a.m. as staff members were taking seven teens out for recreation. She said one teen became "unruly, and allegedly hit a staff member."
As staff members tried to calm the teen, others joined the fracas, Edwards said.
Baltimore police were called to help break up the fight, which lasted about 20 minutes, Edwards said.
The spokeswoman said that three staff members were injured during the incident but did not require hospital treatment. She said no teens were hurt and that they were taken back to their rooms.
The state Office of the Independent Monitor has issued a series of reports detailing chronic understaffing at the center, and instances of violence between youths and guards.
-- Tyrone Richardson
City's summer jobs program kicks off tomorrow at park
Baltimore's YouthWorks Summer Jobs program kicks off tomorrow morning with an event in Druid Hill Park.
The Mayor's Office of Employment Development expects about 5,500 youths ages 14 to 21 to participate in the six-week program, working in such places as city agencies, local nonprofits, hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, health institutions, day care centers, summer camps and retail stores.
Baltimore will be one of eight cities participating in Colgate-Palmolive's POWER initiative this summer.