Pepper spray incident on APS school bus – all students exposed treated and released

August 7, 2014

Yesterday, as an assistant principal was breaking up a fight on an APS bus, the bus driver attempted to assist and discharged pepper spray that hit 10 students. The students were taken to the hospital for treatment. The incident occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. at Maynard Jackson High School.

According to the report by WXIA and APS official stated that,

…the bus driver is new and the matter is being referred to human resources for further investigation.

APS issued a press release this morning indicating that all exposed students had been released by the hospital to their parents by 7 p.m. last night.

The following is the press release issued by APS in its entirety:


 ATLANTA – Ten Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students were treated for exposure to pepper spray at Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital before being released to their parents at approximately 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6.

The students attend Maynard Jackson High School and were among 32 students on a bus during an altercation between two male students. The incident occurred around 3:35 p.m. during the school’s afternoon dismissal. APS immediately contacted the parents of the children who were transported to the hospital about the incident.

APS remains committed to keeping all students safe on its campuses and buses, and continues to investigate this incident.

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