Officials visit juvenile facility following riot

Posted at 8:40 AM, Aug 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-20 08:40:00-04

AVON PARK, Fla. (AP) — Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters and Inspector General Robert Munson are planning to tour a juvenile detention facility in central Florida where a riot broke out over the weekend.

They're scheduled to visit Avon Park Youth Academy on Tuesday for a tour and assessment of the facility following the Saturday night incident.

The Ledger of Lakeland ( ) reports the Polk County Sheriff's Office and multiple agencies responded to with riot gear, tear gas and pepper spray, They believe the riot started over a basketball game wager. Eight youths were injured and 18 buildings were damaged. No staffers were hurt.

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.