WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Holding up a container of ramen noodles, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says that was the catalyst for a Saturday night riot that left the Avon Park Youth Academy nearly destroyed.
138 teens were finally rounded up, thanks to the efforts of a large contingent of armed law enforcers.
Judd says the teens surrendered without incident, realizing they were no match for a highly-equipped and trained force.
The problem, he believes, is that the academy staff wasn't allowed to be armed with any tools--not even pepper spray--at the state-run facility. The academy is operated byt he Department of Juvenile Justice as a youth offender program.
Several kids were hurt in the ruckus, but they weren't injured by law enforcement, nor were any officers or deputies hurt.
"I've long made my voice known about what I think about their protective rules for their staff. But I'm not going to engage them anymore. That's their business," said Judd of the DJJ protocol.
"However, they all will receive a bill for this."