• Pepper spray deployed on Orange County school bus, officials say

    By: Kelly Healey , Monique Valdes

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    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A student deployed pepper spray on a school bus Tuesday, according to Orange County Fire Rescue officials. 

    The incident happened about 8:30 a.m. on Summerlake Park Boulevard and Reams Road as the bus was heading to Independence Elementary School.

    Seven students were treated at the scene, officials said.

    The other 43 students on the bus and the driver are OK.

    Crews were still at the scene decontaminating students at 10 a.m. 

    Orange County Battalion Chief Billy Richardson said a student had a small container of vegetable-based pepper spray. 

    “This one was a small container, about the size of a lipstick of Chapstick container. It was a vegetable-based pepper spray,” said Richardson. 

    It’s still unclear why the student had it and whether it was sprayed on purpose. 

    Firefighters said the spray was mostly directed downward toward a seat, backpack and lunch box.  

    The student brought the pepper spray from home, officials said. 

    Orange County Fire Rescue officials said the students' belongings were placed in plastic bags so students wouldn't touch anything that might have been contaminated.

    The school alerted parents about the incident and some came to pick up their children. 

    The district's code of conduct defines the incident as a Level 4 incident, with the penalty being a 10-day suspension or expulsion. 

    Officials did not say if the student will be punished.

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