CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Thirty young men paced the Crockett State School's gymnasium for several hours, Sunday evening. The demonstration came to a halt around 9:30 p.m. after the inmates exited the rooftop and ran into the dorm.
It is still not clear why they were on the roof Sunday night; however, they were yelling obscenities and making threatening gestures to the staff below. Several of the men were wearing white t-shirts over their faces. At one point one of the men appeared to taunt a staff member with a long section of razor wire.
Throughout the evening the Crockett State School refused to provide KTRE with any information about this incident. A volunteer at the State School, who did not want to be named, said this has happened before at the facility. He said he believes the inmates were trying to make a statement to the staff.
A Crockett Police dispatcher said they were aware of the situation, but the State School did not request their assistance.
The Crockett State School is a facility for the Texas Youth Commission. Youth sent to the Crockett State School have been committed for a variety of crimes, including property crimes and crimes against persons.
The East Texas News contacted Jim Hurley, a spokesman for the school, and he said any time you have disorder it is a bad thing and they will have a review to see if anything needs to be done differently.