Pepper spray incident at Flushing middle school injures dozens

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Police are investigating an alleged mass pepper spray incident at a local middle school.
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Chaos erupted at a middle school in Flushing on Thursday morning when a pepper spray device was discharged in the school cafeteria, affecting dozens of students and staff.

The incident occurred at 10:40 a.m. at P.S./M.S. 219, located at 144-39 Gravett Rd. Police reported that 43 people were affected after a pepper spray device was discharged in the cafeteria. An FDNY physician evaluated 25 of those affected on-site, and eight refused medical attention. Ten individuals, including eight adults and two children, were transported to New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital in stable condition.

In response to the incident, Department of Education Spokesperson David Clarke emphasized the department’s commitment to safety. “The safety in NYC school buildings is our absolute top priority,” Clarke said.

“We are offering additional security and support to the school community today and in the upcoming days, and we are working closely with the NYPD regarding follow-up actions,” Clarke shared with QNS.

Clarke also reminded the community about the school policy regarding safety devices. “As a reminder to parents, pepper spray and other ‘personal safety devices’ are not allowed in schools,” he said.

No arrests have been made so far, and the investigation is ongoing.