Officials: Students' pepper spray sickened 34 in high school

Save Story
Leer en español

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — Officials have determined that two students squirting pepper spray in a New York high school hallway sickened nearly three dozen students and staff members.

The West Babylon School District on Long Island says in a statement Wednesday the students will face disciplinary action.

West Babylon High School was evacuated Tuesday afternoon when people reported having difficulty breathing. West Babylon Fire Chief Peter McArdle said some of the patients also complained of burning in the back of their throats. He said 34 people were treated at a hospital.

Officials initially said the cause of the fumes was unknown. They say an investigation led them to determine pepper spray was discharged in a hallway.

The school district said the incident was isolated and that there is no threat to students' health.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent U.S. stories

Related topics

The Associated Press


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast