Update: School evacuated due to pepper spray incident

A West Mount Airy School has been evacuated after someone released pepper spray inside, according to a fire department dispatcher.

The Charles W. Henry Elementary School on Carpenter Lane near Green Street, was evacuated around 1:07 p.m. after students had trouble breathing, according to the dispatcher.

It was not immediately clear who released the pepper spray or why.

A school district spokesman said he is looking in to the incident.

Update from DN education scribe Dafney Tales: 

Fifteen students were treated for minor respiratory problems at the Charles Henry School after school district officials believe a student released pepper spray on two different occasions.

The first incident occurred at 10:30a.m. on the second floor of the school. Officials say no student was affected at that time.

The second incident, which took place around 12:50p.m., had a greater impact when a student released yet another fog of pepper spray just after lunchtime, triggering an evacuation of the building, said district spokesman Fernando Gallard. 

“The evacuation lasted about an hour,” Gallard said. The Philadelphia police are investigating. We’re treating this seriously.”

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