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17 YCA cadets face expulsion after fight on post
No charges filed, no injuries reported
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More than a dozen cadets could be expelled from Youth Challenge Academy on Fort Stewart following a fight around 8:30 p.m. Monday at the post movie theater.

In all, 17 cadets were detained after the incident, according to Georgia Department of Defense Public Affairs Director Lt. Col. Thomas Lesnieski, but no charges have been filed and no injuries reported.

There were approximately 270 cadets in the theater at the time watching a movie reserved for them, Lesnieski said, and the incident started when two cadets got into a fight. Two more cadets joined in and when military police arrived, they, along with Youth Challenge Academy cadre, were faced with those four and 13 additional cadets who refused to obey orders.

Lesniesiski said the 17 involved in the incident and others could face expulsion from the academy, which operates in Fort Stewart's National Guard area. Youth Challenge Academy helps at risk teens get GEDs and high school diplomas and prepare for life as adults.

Deputies from the Liberty County Sheriff's Department and officers from the Hinesville Police Department reportedly responded to help military authorities. Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes said when his deputies arrived most of the cadets were already on buses and headed back to Youth Challenge.

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