KEARNEY, Neb. — Law enforcement officers rushed to Kearney’s Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center after a disturbance was reported early Wednesday.
About 12:15 a.m., police were called to YRTC because a large group of youths were reportedly out of control, said Dennis Leonard of the Nebraska State Patrol. The incident didn’t escalate to the point of becoming dangerous for staff members or juveniles, but staff members called law enforcement for assistance.
The presence of the law enforcement brought the situation under control, Leonard said.
Mike Meyer, a spokesman with state patrol in Lincoln, said officers were called to the facility because 25 inmates were tearing up beds in one of the living units. Six juveniles are in custody in a secured cell at YRTC, Meyer said.
Russ Reno, a spokesperson with the state Department of Health and Human Services, called the incident a disturbance that involved 11 youths in the Bryant Living Unit. One staff member was on duty in the living unit at the time.
No assaults on staff or juveniles were reported, and no arrests were made.
Members of the Kearney Police Department, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office and the Emergency Services Unit team assisted the state patrol.
Late Wednesday morning, YRTC officials were reviewing video surveillance of the incident and will determine what action to take against the youths.