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Did employees at school stage inmates’ fights?

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SABILLASVILLE, Md. — Two employees at a school for troubled youths have been fired amid a state investigation of allegations that fights were staged between teenage inmates.

The Victor Cullen Academy employees were dismissed about two weeks ago, said Woodie Harper, a vice president for Correctional Services Corp. A division of Correctional Services called Youth Services International runs the school.

A third employee at Victor Cullen resigned, state officials said. The employees were not identified.

Victor Cullen staff said last week that the fights involved boys from the academy's Silver Charm cottage, a school for teens with drug and alcohol problems. School counselors allegedly took the boys to secluded parts of campus and let them fight out their differences.