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Girls probation camp locked down after fight

February 6, 2009 | 12:26 pm

Juvenile detainees participate in voluntary reading program at Camp Scudder, a county probations department A Los Angeles County juvenile probation camp for girls is on lockdown today after a fight last night that  injured at least two girls and eight probation staff members.

The 40-minute fight started about 8:30 last night in a dorm at Camp Kenyon Scudder in Santa Clarita, according to Kerri Webb, a spokeswoman for the Probation Department.

Two girls were taken to a hospital with unknown injuries, Webb said, and eight staff members are too injured to report to work today. The fight also caused “major damage” to windows in the dorm, Webb said.

Webb said she could not confirm reports from staff at the camp that the fight was racially motivated, although she said racial tensions at the camps “are very common, unfortunately.”

“We’ll obviously look into that later on,” Webb said. “Right now, the main concern is to make sure the kids are safe, find out what went down and what we can do to prevent it in the future.”

She could not say how long the camp will remain on lockdown, with girls confined to their dorms and unable to attend classes, because of security concerns.

Camp Kenyon Scudder housed 53 girls at the time of the fight. It is unclear how many probation officers were there when the fight broke out, or what the staffing ratio is now, Webb said. The camp is designated for girls with mental health needs and is next to the county’s only other camp for girls, Camp Scott.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Juvenile detainees participate in voluntary reading program at Camp Scudder, a county probations department "boot camp." Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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