Pepper Spray Release Sends 36 Students to Hospital at Tampa Bay Area Middle School

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office charged a 12-year-old girl with disruption of a school function.

Saturday, May 4, 2013  |  Updated 2:14 PM EDT
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Thirty-six students and a school employee were hospitalized after a student discharged pepper spray at a Tampa Bay area middle school.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the incident happened Friday afternoon at McLane Middle School in Brandon.

Hillsborough County school district spokesman Stephan Hegarty said 93 students and three teachers were affected in all. They experienced coughing, watery eyes and scratchy throats. About three dozen people were hospitalized, though the injuries appeared to be minor. All were treated and released.

Massive Food Fight Ends With Student's Arrest

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has charged a 12-year-old girl with disruption of a school function. She was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

The child's name was not released.

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