Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Mountain View Academy for Young Men
Dandridge police have confirmed that officers responded to the Mountain View Academy for Young Men, formerly the Mountain View Youth Development Center, following recent reports of escape attempts and assaults at the facility. Dandridge police say they responded to four calls in recent days. On Halloween, officers were told multiple guards at the facility were being assaulted by 15 male inmates. Officers reported several guards with wounds on their heads and faces, and so the inmates were put on lockdown. On Saturday Dandridge officers were again called to the detention facility and when officers arrived, the inmates cursed them and reported seeing corrections staff “in a physical struggle” with an inmate. After placing the juvenile inmates back into their unit, officers secured the unit and left. On Sunday, police officers were called to the facility on a report that four inmates who had left the inner fence of one of the units. When officers arrived and set up a perimeter they were told the inmates were unhappy with the food. The officers again responded to the detention facility Sunday evening on a report of a riot and fire in one of the facility’s units. Police said multiple fires had been set and one juvenile inmate was charged. TrueCore, the company that runs the facility, released a statement in response to the incidents: “Recent incidents at Mountain View Academy for Young Men in Dandridge have proven challenging as TrueCore Behavioral Solutions provides services to at-risk youth to assist in their development. Several youths are now facing additional charges resulting from their disruptive behavior. We appreciate the assistance provided by local law enforcement. We are thoroughly reviewing the facts of these incidents and will work with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services to make any needed adjustments going forward. The safety of the youth and staff at our facilities and the public are our top priorities.”


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