An 8-year-old girl who had a small pepper spray container on her key chain inadvertently sprayed it, Public Safety Director James Shea said this afternoon at an impromptu news conference. Some 25 kids were exposed, said Shea, who added that up to 45 students were potentially affected to varying degrees.
Shanna Bell, whose three children attend the Stegman Street school, said her third-grade daughter and her classmates were exposed to the pepper spray. The students were sprayed in the gym, said two parents who spoke with The Jersey Journal.
At noon, some parents were waiting outside the school and others were at the Jersey City Medical Center, where some of the students were taken to be treated.
The incident occurred at roughly 10:30 a.m. and the school was evacuated, officials said. The police tape blocking the entrances was removed at 12:15 p.m. and the students and staff were allowed back inside.
Tyeese Cox, who rushed to the hospital to check on her 9-year-old granddaughter, said the kids were afraid when things first happened, but by the time they got them to the hospital, nobody was crying. They had already calmed the children down.
When Cox arrived, there were roughly 20 children from the school in the JCMC emergency room. She said her granddaughters vital signs were taken and she was asked about any possible symptoms she might be suffering.
The 9-year-old was released after about two hours and at 4 p.m. she was home playing with her sister, her grandmother said.
Cox said she thinks the school is too relaxed when it comes to security and she wondered aloud why the keychain was not spotted.
We were told the girl who originally had the mace was being bullied and she asked her sister to hold the keys, Cox said. The fact that her mom has to give her mace to protect her while shes coming home, thats a problem.
Jersey City Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas said he is not sure if it is permissible to bring such a device into a school, but said the board will be looking into whether there needs to be new policy implemented or whether existing policy must be better enforced.
We werent sure what it was so out of an abundance of caution, we evacuated the school, the board president said, adding that the incident would be reviewed to make sure emergency protocols were correctly executed.
Chicago police said an aerosol substance was accidentally sprayed shortly after 3 p.m. at the school, 5411 W. Fullerton Ave.
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Chicago police said an aerosol substance was accidentally sprayed by a 12-year-old boy shortly after 3 p.m. at the school, 5411 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt said the substance was pepper spray and that it injured one adult and 11 children. They were taken to Community First Medical Center, Norwegian American Hospital and West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park.
The children were all in good condition, while the adult was in fair-to-serious condition, Merritt said.
This is the latest in a series of aerosol discharges that have injured dozens of students at Chicago schools since last month. Fifteen students were hurt by pepper spray last week at Fairfield Elementary Academy in Chicago Lawn.
Six of the incidents have occurred at Morgan Park High School, the most recent of which left 11 students hurt on May 8.
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