SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - Five girls at VisionQuest youth detention center were charged Monday night with aggravated and simple assault following a melee involving Pennsylvania State Police, camp staff members and more than 40 youths, police said.
One trooper and five staff members were hurt in the brawl, none seriously, police said.
Nearly a dozen police cruisers responded to the South Mountain camp from four neighboring counties, said Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. John Rosenberger, the investigating officer.
Rosenberger said he and Trooper James Johnston responded to the camp on Pa. 233 around 7 p.m. for a reported fight between two juveniles. He said he and Johnston were leaving the building after handling the fight when "40 or 50 juveniles outside started a melee."
"They were fighting with staff members," he said. "Trooper Johnston stepped in, and he was hit from behind."
Rosenberger said he sent out a call for all available units to respond. He said more than 10 police cruisers from Pennsylvania police and sheriff's departments in Carlisle, Gettysburg, Washington Township, Waynesboro and Fulton County responded.