Two Tennessee juveniles who escaped still at large

Story highlights

  • Teens got out of their dorms late on September 1, officials said
  • Many were caught soon after; some turned themselves in
  • Two out of 32 who escaped are still missing, state child welfare spokesman says
Two teenagers remain at large out of 32 youths who broke out of a state-run youth facility this month, a Tennessee Department of Children's Services spokesman told CNN on Wednesday.
On September 1, the teens -- all boys -- escaped from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville.
The teens got out of their dorms late at night and began running around a large yard at the facility, spokesman Rob Johnson told CNN. A fence surrounds the yard, and at some point, the youths discovered that they could get under the fence and escape, he said.
Many were caught soon afterward. At least 15 turned themselves in or didn't make it past nearby roads before being spotted, Johnson said.
The remaining teens -- except two -- have been caught, the department said.
The Woodland Hills facility has had problems in the past containing its charges.
In May, teens broke out of a dorm room window, and flipped a switch to free others, according to CNN affiliate WSMV-TV in Nashville. No one escaped from the facility that night, but new security measures were put into place.
After the September escape, the commissioner for children's services, Jim Henry, said rules are in place that restrict guards' ability to manage the teens. For example, the doors at all youth development centers lock from the outside so a person cannot gain entrance, but everyone can exit, according to the department's website.
He said he wanted to rethink some of the facility's rules.