10 students at Cleveland elementary treated for pepper spray exposure

CLEVELAND-- A school on Cleveland's west side was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a student used pepper spray in the hallway.

Police and paramedics were called to Scranton Elementary School, located on Barber Avenue in the Tremont neighborhood, shortly before 2 p.m.

Ten students were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in stable condition, EMS officials said. The Cleveland Division of Fire said the children are being treated for coughing and throat irritation, symptoms consistent with pepper spray exposure.

A seventh-grader admitted to spraying the canister in the hallway, a spokeswoman for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District said. It was confiscated and the student will be disciplined.

Hazmat technicians responded to the scene to ventilate the school.

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