Students Pepper Sprayed By Campus Police During Fight At South L.A. School
Several students and one officer at a South L.A. school were exposed to pepper spray during a brawl at the school. The alleged fight happened at about 11:30 a.m. at Fremont High School in Florence, ABC 7 reports. The mother of a female student who attends the school told KTLA that her daughter was attacked by several other girls who routinely bully her. She said that her daughter, who is part of the ROTC program, defended herself.
According to LAUSD Police Chief Steven Zipperman, it was an officer who used the pepper spray, "in an effort to end the fights and to prevent further safety concerns or injuries," the L.A. Times reports. He says the incident will be reviewed by the department as well as school officials.
An anonymous student who claimed she saw the fight told KTLA that it wasn't just a single fight, but a brawl consisting of three separate fights.
"I was in the crowd and the cops just started pepper spraying everyone. They pepper sprayed, like, 30 kids," she said.
LAFD responded to the scene and treated 17 people, including one officer, for eye irritation. LAFD Spokesman Brian Humphrey tells LAist that treatment for something like being pepper sprayed generally depends on the exposure, which typically results in either respiratory or eye irritation.
"In this case, nearly all complained of eye irritation and [we used] copious amount of water to rinse the eyes," he says.
All those treated were assessed and released at the scene. Afterwards, a 16-year-old boy approached LAFD personnel with an unrelated hand injury and was subsequently transferred to a hospital.
Zipperman said via a statement that the students' "parents were notified, and additional resources were made available throughout the day. The school resumed normal operations afterward.''