9 students hospitalized after being pepper sprayed at school - New York News

9 students hospitalized after being pepper sprayed at school

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Nine students at a Near North Side bilingual public elementary school were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after a student accidentally discharged pepper spray.

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The student was apparently playing with a can of pepper spray when it went off about 3:20 p.m. at the Ruben Salazar Bilingual Center in the 100 block of West Wendell Street, authorities said.

Paramedics took nine students to area hospitals in good to fair condition, according to Fire Media Affairs. Six students went to the University of Chicago Comer's Children's Hospital and three to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Wednesday was the final day of classes, according to the school's website.

CPS could not immediately provide further information.

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