3 students at North Central High School arrested after school pepper spray fight, police say

6 students treated for pepper spray exposure

INDIANAPOLIS - Three North Central High School students have been arrested after they pepper-sprayed six other girls and were found with homemade weapons, police said.

A 16-year-old and two 15-year-old girls were arrested in the incident that began just before noon Monday when an Indianapolis police officer working at the school responded to a fight near the gym.

According to the police report, the officer could smell pepper spray in the air, and he saw two girls flushing out their eyes at a nearby water fountain.

A 15-year-old girl, who a teacher identified as the perpetrator in the pepper spray attack, was standing near the water fountain, yelling at the girls, police said.

The officer struggled to restrain the girl, eventually placing her in handcuffs, according to the police report.

Investigators believe that girl and two others plotted the attack near the gym as retribution for posts on Twitter after a fight at school last Thursday.

The girls were found with pepper spray and homemade weapons, including a sock with a metal weight inside and a combination padlock, police said.

The six victims, ranging in age from 14 to 18, were treated at the school nurse's office.

The girl who was handcuffed was arrested on preliminary charges of two counts of battery, two counts of criminal recklessness, intimidation, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement.

The 16-year-old was arrested on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness, intimidation and disorderly conduct, while the other 15-year-old was arrested on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness, intimidation, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement.

All three were taken to the Marion County Juvenile Center.

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