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Albany High students exposed to pepper spray during fight

Albany High students exposed to pepper spray during fight

Twenty-two students were exposed to pepper spray at Albany High School after a fight broke out Frida
Albany High students exposed to pepper spray during fight
Mohawk Ambulance workers transport a student overcome by mace to an awaiting ambulance after an altercation at Albany High School Friday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

Twenty-two students were exposed to pepper spray at Albany High School after a fight broke out Friday morning between two girls.

Six students had to be taken to area hospitals for treatment, according to district spokesman Ron Lesko. The other 16 - including 11 students and five security staff members - were treated for minor exposure at the school.

Lesko said the initial fight happened during the first lunch period about 10:45 a.m. Neither of the students involved in the fight were identified.

"We do not know who had the pepper spray, but we know who was involved in the fighting," Lesko said. "They will be suspended for five weeks, possibly longer."

Lesko said the fight was related to another fight among a group of females after school Thursday on Central Avenue that led to four arrests and one girl being injured.

"What occurred in school was related to the disagreement they were having on Thursday," Lesko said. "We have identified the two girls and they will be suspended and others will likely be disciplined. We are trying to gather facts and understand who was involved."

The school was locked down after the incident, but was back on its regular schedule by 11:30 a.m., Lesko said.

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