Well of course understaffing contributed to the incident - as far as I can tell, understaffing contributes to virtually every problem TYC faces! But is that really the fault of those administrators? Quien sabe? We don't have enough information about why they were fired to tell one way or another. But if understaffing is the problem, the Legislature and the central office are primarily to blame - it's not like facility directors decide how much JCOs get paid.
The Texas Youth Commission has begun termination proceedings against the top administrators of a Jefferson County facility after staff there used pepper spray while trying to regain control of dozens of unruly juvenile detainees earlier this month.
TYC spokesman Jim Hurley said those being replaced include the superintendent, assistant superintendent, security director, business manager, school principal and an assistant principal at TYC's Al Price State Juvenile Correctional Facility.
Understaffing was a major factor in the events that led up to the pepper-spraying, said TYC ombudsman Will Harrell, who investigated the incident.
TYC employees should use this post as an open thread to discuss the Al Price firings, who's to blame for understaffing, policies on using pepper spray, and any other related topic.