Bear spray reportedly used at St. John's school; ambulances on scene
A St. John's high school was put in secure mode Wednesday following an incident that reportedly involved bear spray.
Police have confirmed that some sort of aerosol, possibly bear spray, was used, and that as many as 15 to 20 students came into contact with the spray, and are being cared for by paramedics.
A witness told CBC News that someone used bear spray during a fight involving students, with the wind spreading the spray to other students.
"Secure mode," as opposed to a lockdown, is when a school locks its outside doors but people inside may move from class to class. A lockdown involves locking classroom doors and having students move away from windows and doors.
Bear spray is a substance sold for people in the wild to deter an aggressive or charging bear.
No officials have confirmed this, but people here are saying several students were hit by someone using bear spray. Another student was just put in an ambulance. <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCNL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CBCNL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/sjmorningshow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@sjmorningshow</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZHXgYVlogF">pic.twitter.com/ZHXgYVlogF</a>—@Fred_Hutton
Seven ambulances and five police cruisers responded to the school late Wednesday morning. Paramedics have been treating students, some of whom have been taken to hospital. Police say no one was seriously injured in the incident.
A total of seven ambulances are outside PWC High School in St. John’s. We are attempting to find out what’s happening. <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCNL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CBCNL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/sjmorningshow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@sjmorningshow</a> <a href="https://t.co/IphsKgXPQS">pic.twitter.com/IphsKgXPQS</a>—@Fred_Hutton
Several students who were taken from the high school by ambulance personnel appeared to have red eyes.
With files from Fred Hutton
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