26 taken to hospitals after student discharges pepper spray

Twenty-six people were taken in good condition to hospitals this afternoon after a student discharged pepper spray inside a South Side elementary school, according to police and the Chicago Fire Department.

The incident occurred at the John Marsh Elementary School at 9822 S Exchange Ave. around 12:30 p.m. Two students were in the nurse's office and inhaled a “pepper spray type material,’’ said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. “It got into their breathing passages.’’

Langford said once paramedics began treating the two, others began complaining of feeling sick.

Police said a student brought pepper spray to school and “sprayed it and some kids nearby were affected by the discharge,’’ according to Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

Twenty-six people were taken to University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, Advocate Trinity Hospital, South Shore Hospital and Jackson Park Hospital, the fire department said.

An EMS Plan I, which sends at least five ambulances to the scene, was secured about 1:15 p.m., Langford said. 





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