Four city students at middle school exposed to irritant

March 18, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Four students at a city middle school were exposed to an airborne irritant that school police said resembled pepper spray as classes were dismissed yesterday afternoon.

The students, who complained of discomfort, were in a hallway at Northeast Middle School, 5001 Moravia Road, shortly after the 3: 10 p.m. dismissal when they were exposed to the irritant, said Catherine Foster, a Department of Education spokeswoman.

One of the students went home with parents and the other three were taken by paramedics for treatment at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. At least two of the students suffer from asthma.

"None of the injuries appear to be serious," Foster said.

School police are investigating the incident, and they have no suspects, Foster said.

"We don't know what was sprayed," Foster said, although school police said the irritant had the characteristics of Mace or pepper spray, which can cause burning sensation in eyes and throat, coughing and nausea.

Pub Date: 3/18/97

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