Uprising at The Hills Youth and Family Services, Minnesota

Uprising at The Hills Youth and Family Services, Minnesota

The Hills Youth and Family Services, Duluth, Minnesota
March 4, 2019

A disturbance began when a detainee at the privately-owned and operated residential youth treatment center hit a staff member in the face. A spokesman for the treatment facility described the incident: “As another staff member helped the injured staff control the client, at least one other client joined the assault. As more staff arrived to assist staff dealing with the disturbance, some clients followed them there.”

At least one other detainee also attempted to interfere with staff. The event escalated until a large group of detainees had barricaded themselves in a room while other small groups were roaming the building.

A total of 21 law enforcement officers from multiple departments responded to the event as well as more than 30 staff members. Four detainees were arrested including an 18-year-old who was charged with obstructing the legal process.


Officials detail ‘riot’ at Duluth youth facility“, Duluth News Tribune, December 6, 2019.

Three Staff Members Assaulted in Riot at The Hills Youth and Family Services Facility“, Fox 21, March 5, 2019.

3 injured, 4 arrested during ‘riot’ at Duluth’s The Hills“, CBS 3 Duluth, March 5,  2019.

4 Arrested after ‘Riot’ at Juvenile Facility“, WDIO, March 5, 2019.

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