Nine youths transferred from Ridgeville area DJJ evaluation center following riot

A riot this week resulted in the transfer of nine youths from a Ridgeville area evaluation center, the Department of Juvenile Justice reported.

According to DJJ spokeswoman Loretta Neal, the Sunday incident involved up to 30 juveniles who were living in two separate pods at the Coastal Regional Evaluation Center, 331 Campbell Thickett Road.

The groups began arguing and hurling profanities back and forth around 10 p.m. that night, prompting a security team at the center to call 911, Neal said. It's unclear what the juveniles were arguing about.

"These kids can be very mouthy, if you will," Neal said. "It's not uncommon to have kids calling out and getting into these types of situations."

Dorchester County sheriff's deputies and Summerville police responded to the scene, according to an Associated Press report. Some juveniles on the unit's second floor held chairs and threatened to throw them at the officers, the AP said.

The dispute never came to blows, Neal said, and no injuries were reported.

Authorities removed nine juveniles from the unit and transferred them to the Midlands and Upstate evaluation centers in Columbia and Union, Neal said.

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