• Students pepper-sprayed, Tased at Glenridge Middle School, OPD says

    By: Jeff Deal , Elyna Niles-Carnes


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two students were arrested at Glenridge Middle School in Baldwin Park following a fight Tuesday morning, Orlando police said. 

    An Orlando Police Department school resource officer radioed to police at 9:19 a.m., saying he was responding to a fistfight between two female students.

    The officer tried to break up the fight, but the students wouldn’t listen, so the officer deployed a chemical spray, investigators said. When the spray didn’t work on the two students fighting, the officer deployed his Taser, investigators said.

    "Two girls fighting, and it kind of went crazy --  just fighting all over," sixth-grade student Marcus Beekee told Channel 9’s Jeff Deal.

    Beekee said the fight happened in the middle of the courtyard, near the cafeteria.

    The names of the two students arrested have not been released.

    Five students -- including the two who were arrested -- were treated at the scene by the Orlando Fire Department for the effects of the chemical spray. Other students may have been treated by school personnel, police said.

    "A lot of people got pepper-sprayed, especially in two of my classes got pepper-sprayed. Their faces and eyes were red," Beekee said.

    A mother, who did not want to be identified, said her daughter was one of the girls who had been fighting.

    "My child is in the hospital now and (I) don't know how she's doing," the mother said.

    A spokesperson for the Police Department said that anytime a chemical spray or a Taser is used, there is a "response to resistance" investigation, and one is underway in this incident.

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