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Several teens arrested after DSS employees attacked, Columbia police say

Several teenagers were arrested Tuesday night after an incident in which employees of the South Carolina Department of Social Services were attacked, Columbia police said.

At around 8 p.m., officers responded to a call about a disturbance at the DSS building at 3320 Two Notch Road, police said.

According to police, the teens attacked DSS employees in the building. Information about where in the building the attacks took place was not available.

There was no word on how many people — both workers and teens — were injured, but police said no significant injuries were reported.

Columbia Police respond to a disturbance at the South Carolina Department of Social Services building.

Information about how the incident started was not available.

At least seven teenagers, both male and female, have been arrested, according to police. The teens’ ages ranged from 13 to 17 years old, and their names are not being made public because they are youths.

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The teens face a variety of charges, including assault, resisting arrest and public disorderly conduct, police said. According to police, the teens were taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

In addition to the Columbia Police Department, members of both the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Benedict College Campus Police responded to the scene and provided assistance.

DSS provides protective services for both children and vulnerable adults, including adoption and foster care services, and its mission is to serve South Carolina by promoting their safety, sustainability, and well-being while helping individuals achieve stability and strengthen families.

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