Discharged irritant causes scare at Miami Norland Senior High School

1 student arrested, 2 others face other disciplinary action

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews were called to Miami Norland Senior High School on Wednesday afternoon after a fight led to a student discharging an irritant into a crowd, school officials confirmed.  

A view from Sky 10 showed several police cars and ambulances in the parking lot.

Jackie Calzadilla, a spokeswoman for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, told Local 10 News in an email that two female students got into a fight, at which time a third female student discharged the irritant.

"A fight broke out in the gym and a girl threw pepper spray in the air and it went all over the place, and I ended up getting hit with it a little bit -- not as much as the people who were in the area did," student Shawn Griffin said.

Calzadilla said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the school and took two students to a local hospital. She said the students have since been released and several others were treated at the school.

A student who was holding an ice pack to her eye told Local 10 News reporter Liane Morejon that a lot of students were affected.

"It went into everyone's face," Jiyah Toomer said. "They were coughing. My face is burning and my eyes -- I can't feel nothing. It's very hot."

According to Calzadilla, one student is facing a battery charge for discharging the irritant, while the other two students will "face disciplinary action in accordance with the District's Code of Student Conduct."

The ages and identities of the students involved in the incident have not been released. 

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