By Ashley Wislock
COAL TOWNSHIP — Four juvenile males were apprehended Monday night after the second runaway attempt at Northwestern Academy in Coal Township in three months.
The teenagers included three 16-year-olds and one 14-year-old, all from outside the Valley, according to the Coal Township Police Department.
The young men were running away from the boot camp section of the facility shortly after 7 p.m. and were all apprehended by 11 p.m. by Northwest staff members, according to police.
In August, four males escaped from the secure unit of the facility after overpowering an employee and stealing his car. Three of those individuals have been confirmed to be apprehended, said Jim Sharp, executive director of Northwestern.
The facility, located off of Route 61 in Coal Township, cannot put a fence or other deterrent up to keep the youth inside, because that is a different classification then the “open residential program” juvenile facility that Northwestern is licensed as, Sharp said.
“If you put gates or chains or fences, then you’re really not an open residential facility,” he said.