HAROBOR CITY, CALIFORNIA – Forty-seven patients were examined after police used pepper spray to break up a fight at Narbonne High School in Harbor City, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
A fire department spokesman and a Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman both stated the treatment was taking place after school police used pepper spray. It wasn’t clear where on campus the incident occurred.
Witnesses said a fight between two girls escalated and others became involved, then a a female police officer pulled out the pepper spray.
“The lady just said, ‘Disperse.’ She didn’t give nobody no time to leave, she just started spraying. She was going crazy with the spray,” one student witness said. “People that was walking past that wasn’t even involved got sprayed.”
A mother whose daughter was involved in the fight said the incident started with bullying.
Los Angeles Fire Department’s Brian Humphrey said in an emailed alert to news media that 47 patients were examined on campus “for minor respiratory + eye irritation following pepper spray exposure.”
Some patients briefly accepted oxygen, and one 16-year-old male student was taken to the hospital in good condition with “lingering respiratory irritation,” Humphrey said.
“When firefighters arrived, the campus was very calm,” Humphrey said.
Aerial video showed two patients being wheeled to waiting ambulances. Several fire trucks sat outside the Harbor Area school, which had about 3,300 students last year.
The incident was reported at 10:18 a.m. at the school at 24230 Western Ave.