Boy Sprays Mace In Classroom, 31 Treated
LISLE, Ill. (AP) _ An 11-year-old boy who sprayed chemical Mace around his fifth-grade classroom, sending 31 people to hospitals, has been suspended for 10 days and released to his parents, authorities said.
″The student brought a couple of cans into class with him. He opened one and sprayed it around the room. ... He just brought it in to show off,″ said Deputy Chief Jim Simon of the Lisle Fire Department.
His classmates at Meadows Elementary School in this far western Chicago suburb ″started to get very scared because it started to burn their eyes and skin,″ Simon said.
Mace can cause damaging burns if sprayed directly at a person, he said.
The boy offered no reason for his behavior, said Du Page County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Carolyn Tellone. ″Apparently, it was his father’s, and he took it without his father’s knowledge.″
Nineteen pupils and three teachers were treated for eye irritation and released, said Sue Varges at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. Another eight children and a teacher were treated and released from Edward Hospital in Naperville, said spokeswoman Donna Jamusz.