Deputies arrest student in pepper spray incident


Students are safe after being exposed to pepper spray inside a Klamath County classroom and bus on Thursday.

Klamath County District Officials say the incident happened at the end of seventh period at Henley High School when a student sprayed pepper spray inside a classroom.

Soon after, the student then sprayed pepper spray inside a Klamath County School District bus carrying students from the high school, Henley Middle School, and Henley Elementary. The bus was evacuated immediately and placed in a second bus for the remainder of the trip.

“We contacted every student in the classroom and who rode that bus,” said Henley High School Principal Jack Lee. “We called every single parent of the kids and let them know everything is OK.”

A Klamath County Sheriff's Office deputy found the student at home and confiscated the pepper spray.

"The district cleaned the bus and classroom with soap and water, under advice from fire department HAZMAT specialist." District Risk Manager Steve Johnson said in a statement. "The classroom at the high school remains closed today to thoroughly clean any lingering pepper spray."

Some students were affected by the spray, especially those with asthma.

"Two middle school students and one high school student went to Sky Lakes Medical Center on Thursday evening," Henley Middle School Principal Kristine Creed said in a statement. "On Friday morning, lingering pepper spray on backpacks the same two Henley Middle School students to the hospital by ambulance."

Only three students complained of stomach aches, but none were taken to the hospital.

School nurses met with all the students who were exposed to the pepper spray to ensure they were in good health.

KCSO has taken the student into custody and he has been charged with misdemeanors related to the incident.

According to Lee, the pepper spray is on the list of items forbidden at the school.

“It’s a weapon,” Lee said. “You don’t bring a weapon to school.”

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