10 Overlea High School students treated after being exposed to pepper spray

November 10, 2010|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

Three Overlea High School students were taken to a Baltimore County hospital to be evaluated after school resource officers used pepper spray to break up a fight, a county school spokesman said.

About 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, two male students started fighting in the cafeteria, said the spokesman, Charles Herndon. Three school officers responded and used the spray, which then affected other students, according to Baltimore County police.

Of the 11 students who complained of being affected, most of whom were in a nearby classroom, 10 were taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center, Herndon said. One of the students involved in the fight also went to the hospital for a broken finger, according to police.

County firefighters vented out the cafeteria, and according to the school principal, "everything's back to normal," Herndon said.

Both fighting students were arrested and charged with second-degree assault, police said.

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