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Three charged in disturbance at juvenile center

Posted December 23, 2009

— Three girls have been charged in a Monday incident at Samarkand Youth Center in Moore County in which a staff member was assaulted and the facility was damaged, authorities said Wednesday.

Jessica Ann Brewer, 17, was charged with assault with deadly weapon on a government official, inciting a riot, disorderly conduct and injury to personal property. She was being held in the Moore County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.

Katherine Denise Bradley, 16, was charged with inciting a riot, disorderly conduct and injury to personal property. She was released to the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and was transferred to a different facility.

Juvenile petitions were filed against a third girl, charging her with inciting a riot, disorderly conduct and injury to personal property. Her name and age weren't released.

The Samarkand center sustained about $2,400 in damage, authorities said.


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  • charity3kids Dec 24, 2009

    Mental illness, abuse, fear, anger, neglect, etc..... None of know what lead these girls to a place like Samarkand but cynicism and judgement will certainly not help them escape it. In this season of Christmas I pray these girls and the staff of Samarkand see a glimpse of love, peace and hope. Even in the darkest places God can turn sorrow into JOY.

  • stephba Dec 24, 2009

    This has nothing to do with political correctness. I dont pretend to know the whole story for this particular situation, but I am trying to show compassion. I could be wrong about this particular situation, but since I dont know the whole story I cant blame or label these people. All I do know for sure is that I have heard stories that have made me weep for hours about children I didnt even know. The abuses I have read about are enough to make your skin crawl. Had little Shaniya not been killed it could be possible that social services may have taken her one day. We have read that he mother was prostituting her at least that one time, and probably more. Had this child ended up in the "system" she could very well be one of these "delinquents" you speak of? Is it her fault that she knows no social rules or have any way to express her fear and anger than lashing out? Everyone saw her as the victim she was, and all I am saying is it is VERY possible these girls were too.

  • wbearp Dec 24, 2009

    The State and our local politicians made a big deal about how they were able to save this institution from the chopping block of budget cuts. They even hosted a big reception and tour for everyone to see what a good place this is. It should have been closed. 16 and above need to be in prison. 15 and below convicted of serious crimes need to be put in a no frills juvenile prison.

  • 3779LRRP Dec 24, 2009

    Let me be a bit politically uncorrect. They are juvenile delinquents. Nuff said.

  • dbcooper41 Dec 24, 2009

    to support what stephba said about not judging, here's a sample of what many of the kids at samarkand have been through. kids are not born violent, adults make them that way. this is from an appeals court finding. unfortunately it's not an unusual case.
    "While at Samarkand, [Anna] punched staples in her arm and pulled her hair out in clumps. In or around October, 2003, after gaining rapport with staff and her therapist, [Anna] eventually told staff members and her therapist at Samarkand about the sexual abuse by her father. [Anna] had been aggressive and violent prior to her commitment to Samarkand. She had three juvenile delinquency adjudications for assaults against family members."
    the entire story is too horrible to post.

  • dbcooper41 Dec 24, 2009

    back in 1931(i think) this place was almost burned down by some young girls. their defense was that they were being mistreated. it was a huge story at the time but has since been pretty much forgotten. i plan on writing a movie about it and becoming incredibly wealthy:)

  • stephba Dec 24, 2009

    Dont judge these girls unless you know their story. Talk to a social worker, adoptive parent or foster parent and they will tell you some horror stories children like these go through. You cant begin to imagine the abuses that may have been done to them by people who were supposed to love them. Our adopted son ended up in a similar facility because his heart and mind were so damaged by the atrocities he suffered as a child. You just do not know. I am not saying what they did may be ok, but unless you know their entire story, be kinder and gentler in your thoughts. All these children may have ever received was anger and negative emotions from adults. Where in the world has compassion gone? And thank you "yourmileagemayvary" for at least having the decency to not ASSUME these children may have more to their story.

  • MileageWarrior Dec 24, 2009

    Wow. I wonder what the cause of this was. Maybe one of the employees was putting their hands where they didn't belong. Just because these girls are in juvie, doesn't mean bad things can't happen to them.

  • teacher-mom Dec 23, 2009

    Well, maybe they will learn how to behave.

  • whatdidusay Dec 23, 2009

    Imagine their behavior when they hit the streets.