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3 Sumner students sustain chemical burns after unknown liquid thrown on them

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Outside of Sumner High School after unknown liquid thrown on 2 students (Credit: Matt Sczesny / KMOV) Outside of Sumner High School after unknown liquid thrown on 2 students (Credit: Matt Sczesny / KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Three students were taken to the hospital for treatment after an unknown liquid was thrown on them at Sumner High School Thursday, police said.

According to officials, around 10 a.m., 16-year-old student Elijah Roberts threw the solution on the three students.

Police say the students were attacked inside the library of Sumner High School, which is located in the 4200 block of Cottage Ave.

Police said the liquid was a "homemade mixture of concentrated acid."

The victims are a 14-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy.

The 14-year-old boy suffered serious chemical injuries to his face and is listed as in serious but stable condition. The 16-year-old girl also suffered chemical injuries to her face and is listed as in stable condition. The 15-year-old boy suffered chemical injuries on his hands and is listed as in stable condition.

Roberts was taken into custody and is being held at the Juvenile Building. The Juvenile Unit is handling the investigation.

An 18-year-old student at Sumner High School said the incident may have been sparked by bullying.

"I feel like it's out of control the teachers like, the school should take more action like, brushing a situation away is like causing people to do stuff in their own hands and their own matters and not care," the student said.

An environmental crew had to be called in to clean up the chemical, and a fire official said no one was allowed near the liquid.

The school district is not talking on camera.

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