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Pepper spray release at Georgia high school believed to be student prank

About 100 students at Douglas County High School west of Atlanta were affected by a release of pepper spray in a hallway.
By Frances Burns   |   April 16, 2014 at 3:44 PM

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga., April 16 (UPI) -- A release of pepper spray that sickened dozens of students at a Georgia high school Wednesday morning appears to be a prank, police said.

Investigators were combing through video from school security cameras trying to detect the person responsible, Capt. Greg Graff of the Douglasville Police said.

"What we're leaning toward is it's going to be a prank," he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

About 100 students were hit by the spray in a hallway at Douglas County High School with many complaining of running noses and itching eyes. EMTs were dispatched to the school to evaluate and treat them.

While the area of the school where the spray was released was cleared, the rest of the school was not locked down.

The school is in Douglasville, about 20 miles west of Atlanta.

[Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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