Another officer attacked at Mountain View Youth Development Center

Another officer attacked at Mountain View Youth Development Center

August 29, 2007

6 News Reporter

JEFFERSON COUNTY  (WATE) -- An 18-year old inmate is charged with attacking an officer at Mountain View Youth Development Center.

According to a complaint filed with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Tyler Koley hit Lt. Jeff Cable in the face three times with a broom.

Cable suffered an injury to his left eye and received three stitches to the forehead.

Koley is charged with aggravated assault.

Last week, there was a similar incident when a teacher reported being punched in the face by one of the inmates.

"The only way to work with these young people and the only way to rehabilitated them, which under the state law is what we have to do, is to work closely with them. To help them with woodshop and to help them with their social studies class," says Rob Johnson, with the state Department of Children's Services in Nashville.

But some law enforcement officers say DCS has no business in juvenile corrections.

"When DCS got involved in it, I think more and more juvenile corrections officers have been put in harm's way because the theory is to rehabilitate and unfortunately, some of these kids are really violent people that can inflict harm on whoever," says Jefferson County Sheriff David Davenport.

The inmates at Mountain View are males between the ages of 13 to 19. Most of them have at least three felonies on their record.

Lt. Cable has returned to work.

According to DCS, this year at Mountain View, officers have reported 56 injuries from incidents with inmates. Of those, five required trips to a hospital.

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