WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WKBW) - This attack happened at the Gateway-Longview Center in Williamsville, a place that works hard to rehabilitate troubled kids.
Al Dirschberger, the VP of Residential Services, says two teens from the Changing Attitudes and Behavior Program were going to attack a third teen. An employee intervened to prevent a fight and was hurt in the process
Per Beth Silverman, The two teens are at the East Ferry Detention Center. They face felony assault charges.
Gateway-Longview is a child family service agency and has been providing care, counseling and support to countless children since the late 1800's. But there are challenges.
Back in February 2011 another brawl broke out on campus, five teens attacked and injured four staff members.
One year before that, 16-year-old Jonathan Padilla, one of four clients accused of trying to plan an attack using possible weapons and explosive devices.
But leaders at Gateway-Longview have long argued the facility has more good stories to tell than bad.
Gateway is a place where children from troubled homes or neglected, can live and often times they're put into new-loving homes, thanks to the agency's foster parent program.
"We provide classes to foster parents and it's a screening process-- it's a 5 week class training certification to become certified foster parents," said Michelle Federowicz.
But sadly not all children leave, and despite the 24/7 care, violent incidents like the most latest one do occur. In the past all teens accused of assault are turned over to the court system where they likely face punishment if found guilty.
Officials at Gateway-Longview reached out to WKBW overnight. They're fully cooperating with authorities and are offering 100% support of the employee attacked.