Teens injured in riot at Central Florida detention facility

No staffers hurt during incident

Published On: Aug 19 2013 11:17:34 AM EDT   Updated On: Aug 19 2013 11:18:54 AM EDT
AVON PARK, Fla. -

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

The 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 transported to the hospital for minor injuries. No staffers were injured during the riot.

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.

An email to program officials and DJJ was not immediately returned Sunday.