GOLDEN, Colo. — Three staff members have been placed on paid administrative leave after being accused of bringing illicit drugs to Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden where a riot broke out Wednesday night.
A Colorado Department of Human Services spokesman said Thursday that the Division of Youth Services received an allegation about the three staff members.
Following standard procedure, the three were placed on leave while officials investigated the allegations.
The three placed on leave were not among the staff members who were injured Wednesday night, according to the spokesman. He also said the alleged drug smuggling and the riot are unrelated.
The Golden Police Department continues to investigate the riot that broke out just before 6 p.m.
On Thursday, police said eight juveniles were involved in the riot, four of whom suffered minor injuries. Police believe two juveniles instigated the riot.
Officials said 19 staff members were involved with 10 of them being injured. Six suffered minor injuries and four were taken to a hospital, but the injuries were not serious.
Police, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office investigated late into Wednesday night.
More interviews with staff members will be conducted and investigators will watch hours of surveillance footage to determine what happened.
Officials said the two who are believed to have instigated the riot are not cooperating in the investigation.
Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center currently has 30 staff vacancies. The preferred number of employees is 151.
“Although LMYSC is currently down about 30 employees the staffing ratio is still being met utilizing overtime, and with support from Metro area DYS centers and the infusion of supervisory and management staff,” the Colorado Department of Human Services spokesman said.
“To alleviate this, the Division worked closely with the Joint Budget Committee this last year to increase the compensation for direct care staff. This request was recently approved with the signing of the long bill.
“With the tremendous support of the JBC, we believe the compensation for our direct care staff will become competitive with the Colorado market alleviating some of the vacancies and turnover that occur.”