ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A cafeteria brawl at Sumner High School resulted in school security guards spraying mace on students, sending at least 3 students to the hospital.
St. Louis Schools spokesman Patrick Wallace tells News 4 the fight broke out among a group of boys in the cafeteria at around noon. He says security attempted to break up the fight but they couldn't stop it and a crowd started gathering around the brawl. At that point, Wallace says, guards took out the mace to bring the fight to an end.
Students who were leaving school early tell News 4 that the guards were spraying mace in every direction. They say the cloud of mace in the room gave many of them sore throats and burning eyes. At least one student who suffers from asthma says he was transported to Children's Hospital and released. Many of the students affected by the mace were treated at school by St. Louis firefighters.
Wallace says the school district will investigate the incident, but he adds, early indications are the security guards acted properly. He says mace has been part the guards equipment for a while and it has been used before at Sumner.