Teen arrested after 11 hospitalized following pepper spray incident at Morgan Park HS

CHICAGO — A 17-year-old boy was taken into custody after 11 people were injured after someone sprayed pepper spray inside Morgan Park High School.

Emergency responders were called to the school around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. According to police, officers reviewed school security footage and found the 17-year-old boy was responsible, and he was then arrested.

Eleven students suffered minor injuries and were treated at Roseland Community Hospital, and other South Side medical facilities.

Chicago Fire Department officials said the school was not evacuated, but students were kept in classrooms during the response.

Tuesday’s incident was the sixth aerosol or pepper spray incident at the school in the last two weeks. At least five teachers and 31 students have been injured.

Some parents said ‘enough is enough.” They said some kids just don’t understand the ramifications of their actions.

“So they probably think that it’s just funny that it keeps happening and they get to get out of school and class, but it’s becoming a serious situation where it’s interrupting education,” Fred Abernathy, a parent, said.

Chicago Public Schools issued the following statement:

"CPS is taking this situation very seriously and we will double down on our efforts until we are confident the situation is fully resolved. Morgan Park High School is an IB school that provides enriching academic opportunities for its students and our highest priority is ensuring students have a safe learning environment. We will continue ongoing safety and engagement efforts until these incidents come to a stop."

CPS also said it has added security staff and enhanced screenings at the school.

Police did not say if the teen was responsible for the several previous calls to the school over the last week.

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