(KMOV) – Nineteen high school students were taken to area hospitals after they were maced by school security officers at Confluence Academy in downtown St. Louis. Officers were reportedly trying to break up a fight between a group of boys.
This happened around 1:30 p.m. on Friday.
Students say the officers sprayed bystanders who had nothing to do with the fight. However, a police officer says that it may haev been the safest option for the guard and students if the guard was trying to bring a large group under control quickly.
Students say security guards and the school principal were spraying the mace in crowded hallways between a passing period like it was air freshener.
Confluence's principal, Dr. Vanessa Gary, says this is not true, and also that parents were called.
But when News 4's Maggie Crane double checked with parents, they said they had not received a call. Parents interviewed said that the situation was handled poorly and they deserve an explanation.
Students also say that administrators would not allow them to use their cell phones to call home.
None of the students were seriously hurt, authorities say.
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