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Pepper Spray incident at DaVinci High School in Buffalo

School closed, 27 Students & 3 Adults Evaluated

September 14, 2018 - 10:57 am

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) -    Heavy police, fire and first responder presence on Buffalo's West side Friday morning. Students from DaVinci High School in Buffalo complained of exposure from what was first thought to be pepper spray.

The district says in a statement that an unknown substance, thought to be pepper spray, was deployed in a 2nd floor bathroom at DaVinci High School, by an as yet unidentified individual.  The approximately 400 students were taken across the street to D’Youville College’s Madonna Hall at 334 Porter Avenue.  27 students and three teachers were evaluated.   None were taken to the hospital. 

A decision was made to cancel school for the rest of the day. Students were given lunch and beverages at Madonna Hall, while the BFD cleared the school building so students could retrieve their belongings.  Students were safe and comfortable.  

The district says the Hazardous Materials team did not find a particularly dangerous substance, and D’Youville’s team of engineers will commence clean-up.  The district says all staff and students are headed home. The school has been declared safe, and will resume on Monday. Police are talking with a person of interest in the matter. 

The incident had no impact on D'Youville College where classes are continuing as normal.  DaVinci leases property from D'Youville at Porter and Fargo. 


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