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Riot sparked by basketball bet heavily damages Polk juvenile center

Riot sparked by basketball bet heavily damages Polk juvenile center

AVON PARK, Fla (TBO.com)- Three Cup O’ Noodle soup servings were at the heart of a riot at a Polk County juvenile detention facility Saturday night. The melee needed 150 law enforcement officers from several state and local agencies to quell. Seven juveniles were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. 

And then, there was the damage. Polk County sheriff’s deputies said that 18 of the 20 buildings at the Avon Park Youth Academy were destroyed and nearly half the juveniles had to be taken to a jail. 

The riot grew out of a scuffle that began around 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice facility.

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