BOSTON - The 12 students hospitalized after an incident involving pepper spray at a Roslindale school have been treated and discharged.
A spokesperson for the Boston Public Schools tells Boston 25 News that a student released pepper spray inside the cafeteria of the Washington Irving School in Roslindale.
The building was evacuated for over half an hour until students were allowed back in, but had to remain inside the auditorium until firefighters deemed it was safe for them to return to class.
Boston EMS said 12 students and one staff member were transported to area hospitals as a precaution. Officials say the illnesses/injuries were minor.
The school is located at 114 Cummins Highway and holds grades six through eight.
Reported Hazmat at Washington Irving Middle School @BostonSchools— Capturegirl (@jenyp) November 14, 2019
Word that pepper spray was released inside the building. Some students transported to local hospitals. @bostonpolice & @BostonFire on scene.@MBTA buses here to transport students from the building.#Boston25 pic.twitter.com/AkVjYpzIF6
Boston Police did not issue a comment on whether the student who sprayed the pepper spray will face criminal charges or not. In a statement, the school district said, in part:
"BPS focuses on providing students counseling and intervention, and would issue any discipline in accordance with the district's Code of Conduct."
UPDATE:@BOSTON_EMS Deputy Superintendent McHugh on incident at Washington Irving Middle School:— Capturegirl (@jenyp) November 14, 2019
10 students transported to local hospitals for coughing and throat irritation after pepper spray was reportedly released in cafeteria.@BostonFire has cleared building.#Boston25 pic.twitter.com/mEA3eN9W3l
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