Youth center resident attacks four staffers
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. A 17-year-old resident at the Emily Griffith Center in Rifle threw rocks, bit shins and arms, head-butted someone in the face and punched another staff member in the side of the head last Thursday, according to witness statements in a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report.The three-year resident of the center was cited for third-degree assault and harassment.According to the report, a deputy responded to a call from a supervisor at the center around 6:30 p.m. He said the boy told him he “messed up and lost control.” The boy stated he just got mad about being sent to the treatment and learning center – where facility residents are sent when they require more intense treatment and supervision – and admitted to striking two staff members and head-butting a third.One staff member said that while she was helping others try to gain control of the juvenile, she was bitten twice and that he grabbed and twisted both her breasts, causing pain. The deputy noted bite marks on her shin and upper arm.Another staff member said he was head-butted on his right cheekbone. The deputy observed bruising, swelling and a slight laceration.A supervisor of that particular shift said she also tried to help and that the boy took a swing at her face, striking her in the side of the head. The deputy wrote in the report that she said she didn’t want to pursue charges at that time.A fourth staff member said he had been “shadowing” the boy near the parking lot when the boy cursed at him and began to throw gravel rocks. Shadowing is a technique where staff doesn’t directly interfere with a disobedient resident, but instead follows them and attempts to discourage harmful behavior, the report says.The deputy issued the boy a juvenile summons and left him in custody at the facility. Some staff members were directed to go to the Grand River Hospital for treatment. The deputy wrote in his report that the supervisor told him relocating the boy would not be necessary at that time.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. email@example.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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