Students and teachers at New Haven school exposed to mace-like spray

Students and teachers taken to the hospital after exposure at New Haven school
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 10:51 AM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 10:54 AM EDT
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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Students and teachers were taken to the hospital Thursday after an exposure to a mace-like spray.

Officials say 12 students and two teachers at the Wexler Grant School were transported to the hospital as a precaution.

“The New Haven Fire Department found evidence of contamination with a defensive spray, such as mace, in a cubicle in the classroom,” officials said.

Officials say the classroom is being cleaned and vented.

“Students were evacuated temporarily to the Q-House, adjacent to the school, while the source was being investigated,” said officials.

Students will return to the other classrooms and continue the school day until regular dismissal.

“[There are] reports of something in the air making people sick and eyes water,” the fire department said. “The school has been evacuated and the HVAC system is in the process of being shut off.”

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