24 Taken to Hospital After Student Releases Pepper Spray in Long Island Elementary School: Officials

By Brynn Gingras
|  Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013  |  Updated 6:19 PM EDT
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Four adults and 20 children were taken to the hospital with teary eyes, nausea and coughing after a student released pepper spray at a Long Island elementary school Wednesday morning, authorities said. Brynn Gingras reports.

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Four adults and 20 children were taken to the hospital with teary eyes, nausea and coughing after a student released pepper spray at a Long Island elementary school Wednesday morning, authorities said. Brynn Gingras reports.

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Four adults and 20 children were taken to the hospital with teary eyes, nausea and coughing after a student released pepper spray at a Long Island elementary school Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Police and emergency crews responded to Northern Parkway School in Uniondale shortly after 11 a.m.

Fire Chief John Skelly said the child sprayed the substance in a first-floor hallway that children and adults were walking through.

 
It wasn't clear how many victims were sprayed directly.

Police tape blocked off the entrance to the school and children were seen sitting on the playground for a time while authorities decontaminated the hallway. They were later allowed back into the building. 

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