San Jose student hospitalized from pepper spray exposure at school

SAN JOSE (KRON) — A San Jose middle school student was hospitalized Tuesday morning after being exposed to pepper spray at school, according to a fire department spokesperson.

Authorities responded to Sylvandale Middle School at 653 Sylvandale Avenue around 9:40 a.m., Fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said.

Crews learned the pepper spray has been released in the classroom.

Emergency crews transported the student to a hospital, he said.

Eleven other students made complaints related to the pepper spray exposure, but were fine after getting some fresh air. Their parents declined to send their children to the hospital, Matlow said.

The classroom was cleared for a hazardous materials team that recovered the pepper spray canister and decontaminated the space, according to Matlow.

The incident was deemed under control around 10:45 a.m.

Janitors will finish cleaning up the room before allowing students back inside, according to Matlow.

It is unclear why the pepper spray was released in the classroom.

Superintendent Juan Cruz of the Franklin McKinley School District released a statement regarding the pepper spray exposure.

“This morning there was an isolated incident at Sylvandale Middle School where a student brought a canister of pepper spray into the classroom setting. The canister was accidentally released. Upon notification of the incident, District personnel immediately contacted the San Jose Fire Department. Fire Department assessed the situation and determined that the classroom where the incident had occurred needed to be cleared for the removal of the pepper spray in the space.

Within the hour, students were allowed to return to their classroom. We thank the San Jose Fire Department for their prompt response to this matter. At the Franklin-McKinley School District, there is nothing more important than the safety and well-being of our students. “

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