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Nine students suffer minor injuries in pepper spray mishap

Updated: June 19, 2013 5:57PM

Nine students at a Near North Side bilingual public elementary school were hospitalized for minor injuries Wednesday afternoon after a student accidentally discharged pepper spray in the building.

A student was apparently playing with a can of pepper spray when it went off about 3:20 p.m. at the Ruben Salazar Bilingual Center in the 100 block of West Wendell Street, authorities said.

Paramedics took nine students to area hospitals in good to fair condition, according to Fire Media Affairs.

Wednesday was the final day of classes, according to the school’s website.

In a statement, Chicago Public Schools officials said, “This was an unfortunate accident and school officials took the appropriate steps this afternoon.”

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