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Teen jumps over balcony at Hendricks County courthouse

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A teen appearing in court for an initial hearing on a battery charge jumped over a railing at the Hendricks County courthouse this morning, falling 31 feet.

The 16-year-old male was being escorted by two employees of the Sugar Creek Juvenile Justice Center and was in handcuffs and leg shackles when he fled and jumped, said Lt. Jim Yetter with the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department. Sugar Creek Juvenile Justice Center, in Ladoga, opened in May and is owned and managed by CMC Ownership LLC.

A statement from Sugar Creek released this afternoon said the teen was being transported by employees "consistent with operational procedure." The center also said a preliminary investigation indicated "there was likely nothing which our staff could have done to prevent this tragedy from occurring."


The teen is at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis in critical condition.
 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

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  4. I am sorry to hear this.

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