Students Hospitalized in Pepper Spray Incident

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013  |  Updated 5:53 PM CDT
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Students Hospitalized in Pepper Spray Incident

Nine students were hospitalized Wednesday after being overcome by pepper spray in a north side school, officials said.

Six students, from Ruben Salazar Bilingual Center, at 160 W. Wendell St., were taken to Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. One was in fair condition. Five others were in good condition. Three other students were taken in good condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, fire officials said.

A police spokesman said one student brought the pepper spray to school and discharged it. It wasn't immediately known if the student with the spray was one of those transported.

"This was an unfortunate accident and school officials took the appropriate steps this afternoon," said Chicago Public Schools spokesman Becky Carroll.

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