Two youths hurt in brawl at juvenile justice facility

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

November 17, 2007|By Greg Garland

Two youths were treated for minor injuries after a brawl Thursday that erupted during a basketball game at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, officials said yesterday.

Tammy Brown, a spokeswoman for the Department of Juvenile Services, said the fight broke out about 6:45 p.m. at a basketball game between youths from the Baltimore detention center and a team brought in from the Cheltenham Youth Facility in Prince George's County.

About 40 youths were in the gym at the time, playing in the game or sitting in the stands as spectators, Brown said. She said the fracas started when two staff members attempted to remove a disruptive youth.

According to Brown, the teen, from the Baltimore center, broke free and punched a youth from the visiting Cheltenham team, prompting others to run over and become involved. Staff members regained control within minutes and "all kids were secured and in their rooms" by 7 p.m.

About 30 staff members were present at the game, which took place after an awards ceremony and banquet for youths, Brown said.

She said other athletic contests - softball and basketball games - have been held in the past without any problem, and the agency hopes to continue them.

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