LCPD: Pepper spray incident disrupts middle school classroom
Las Cruces, NM (KTSM) — A 8th grade classroom at Lynn Middle School located at 950 Walnut St. in Las Cruces had to be evacuated Thursday afternoon after a 14-year-old student discharged pepper spray from an OC canister inside of the classroom.
Las Cruces Police were told that the girl discharged a portion of the pepper spray just before 2:30 p.m. in a classroom containing 26 students and a teacher. The preliminary information obtained by investigators indicates that the girl received the OC canister from another 8th grade student and may not have known what it was.
The classroom was evacuated and school maintenance crews placed a large fan in the classroom the disperse the chemical. Pepper spray, also known as OC or oleoresin capsicum gas, irritates the eyes and oftentimes causes temporary blindness. The full effect of the spray usually lasts less than an hour, depending on the strength and placement of the spray, and diminishes with time.
No major injuries were reported, however several students were being treated for inflammation and other effects of the OC canister. Charges against the two girls who handled the canister are possible.