Pupils and staff unwell after ‘pepper spray’ let off inside school

A number of students and staff were taken ill after what is believed to be pepper spray was let off in a high school.

The headteacher at Manchester Health Academy, where the incident occurred this morning, said those affected suffered watery eyes and felt unwell.

Principal Kevin Green confirmed an aerosol had been sprayed in a corridor after morning registration between 9am to 9.30am.

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said it is believed pepper spray was brought into the school in Wythenshawe by a student.

At least one person is thought to have been taken to hospital, the Manchester Evening News reports.

It is believed seven students and two staff members were taken ill. Four people were sent home following the incident.

Police are speaking with a boy in connection with the incident.

The North West Ambulance Service said a patient from the school was taken to hospital in an ambulance. It is not clear if this was a student or a staff member.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Crews were also seen parked up outside the school building, also known as Brookway High School, just before 11am.

A text message sent to parents from the school said some students have suffered a reaction after an ‘aerosol’ was brought into school.

The message said: "There has been an incident in school this morning whereby a student has brought an aerosol into school which has caused a reaction amongst some students.

"This incident has been dealt with by Mr Green. All students are safe.

"If the spray has caused a reaction for your child, you will have been notified separately. We will continue to monitor students throughout the day."

Kevin Green, school principle, said: "We have sent a text to all parents to reassure them and let them know all our pupils are safe.

"An aerosol was sprayed in a corridor after morning registration around 9am to 9.30am.

"I have been here for five years and I have never seen a single case of this.

"The children and staff who were affected presented with watery eyes and feeling unwell.

"One pupil is being spoken to by police. It is up to them what to do now. We will impose our own punishment.

"I would like to reassure parents that it was dealt with quickly and I would like to thank the emergency services."

He added the fire brigade were called to the school to carry out routine checks, while police were called as a precaution.

Mirror Online has contacted Greater Manchester Police for further comment.

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