• 12 students released from hospital after pepper spray incident at Boston school

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    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. 

    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."

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