A student at the Washington Irving Middle School on Cummins Highway in Roslindale sprayed a canister of pepper spray in the school cafeteria around 11 a.m., a Boston Public Schools spokesperson reports.
Some 12 students and one school staffer were taken to local hospitals as a precaution, BPS reports, adding all have since been released.
The building was evacuated for more than 30 minutes. Students then returned to the building* and remained in the auditorium until fire officials determined it was OK for everyone to return to class. Classes are continuing as scheduled.
The student with the OC "will be disciplined according to the BPS Code of Conduct," the spokesperson says.
In addition to middle-school students, the school this year is housing high-school students from the former West Roxbury Academy and Urban Science Academy, which closed at the end of the past school year. Some of those students had a previously approved early dismissal today, unrelated to the pepper spraying, BPS says.