12 kids affected when student uses pepper spray

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities say 12 students had to be decontaminated after a 10-year-old child used pepper spray at an elementary school in Memphis.

Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke says one child was taken to a hospital after the spraying at Whitney Elementary School early Thursday afternoon. Cooke says the child was having breathing issues but was expected to recover.

Eleven other students had their faces washed at the school to remove the burning effects of the spray.

Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph says investigators are trying to determine where the child got the pepper spray.


Join the Conversation!

While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:

  • Obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racism, violent descriptions, name-calling or personal attacks.
  • Abuse of multiple accounts.
  • Off-topic comments.

Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator. 
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 202666061 - local8now.com/a?a=202666061
Gray Television, Inc.