No one was seriously injured but 20 people were taken to hospitals for observation after a student released pepper spray in a classroom at Chicago Military Academy, officials said.
An Emergency Medical Services Plan 1 was called around 11:45 a.m. today at the Bronzeville high school at 3519 S. Giles Ave. after a hazardous materials alert was called, according to officials.
A female student was in police custody, News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan said.
The Chicago Public Schools' student code of conduct states that students are not allowed to bring pepper spray to school, and students who do are subject to discipline.
The pepper spray was released in a classroom at the school, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccasalva. Nineteen students and one teacher, all listed in good condition, were taken to hospitals to be checked, Roccasalva said.
Fire Department ambulances took them to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, the University of Chicago Medical Center, the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, St. Bernard Hospital and Healthcare Center and John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
A Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman did not immediately have information on the incident.
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