Teen Attacks Employee at Center for At-Risk Youth

October 22, 2012 Updated Oct 22, 2012 at 9:41 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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October 22, 2012 Updated Oct 22, 2012 at 9:41 PM EDT

Williamsville, NY (WKBW) - A local facility trying to offer a window of opportunity to local teenagers and young adults has been plagued wit a series of violent events over the past several years.

Now authorities are looking into a weekend attack at the Gateway Longview Center that left one employee injured.

Two teenagers are now at the East Ferry Detention Center facing felony assault charges.

The Gateway Longview Center works some tough cases -- seeing troubled children in need of guidance.

Sunday night, a fight spun out of control, leaving two teens behind bars and an employee injured.

Al Dirschberger, the Vice President of Residential Services explains two teenagers were going to attack a third teen.

That's when the three employees on-hand intervened.

Dirschberger says the staff member "was hit, but was successful in stopping what could have turned into a fight."

All of the teenagers were in the Changing Attitudes and Behaviors Program, better known as CAP, for the most at-risk youth.

These kids often come from tough backgrounds, meaning staff members are always at risk.

Dirschberger says the center stresses safety first. He explains for every six teenagers, there are three staff members. Additional supervisors are also on hand.

The facility is now looking into what they could have done different.

This is not the first time the center has faced challenges.

In February of 2011, five teens attacked and injured four staff members.

One year before that, a teen tried planning an attack using weapons and explosives.

The center is also known for its good -- rehabilitating children in need of guidance, helping with foster programs and reaching out to special education children.

The attacked employee was treated and released from Erie County Medical Center. She is now resting at home.

The teenager intended to be the victim is safe -- she was protected by staff members.