Emergency meeting called after 2nd Lawrence Central pepper spray incident in 2 days

Supt.: Additonal security added at school

INDIANAPOLIS - An emergency school board meeting has been called after second pepper spray incident disrupted some classes at Lawrence Central High School, one day after 13 students were hospitalized from a similar incident.

The Superintendent of Lawrence Township Schools, Concetta Raimondi, released a statement Thursday saying there was a second incident at the high school but that it was minor compared to Wednesday's incident. 

Raimondi said a small amount of pepper spray or something similar was released in the school's science wing around noon, and all students in that part of the building, about 300 students, were taken to the gymnasium for about an hour.

One student was taken to the hospital Thursday, and eight others were treated on the scene.

Arrests have been made related to Wednesday's incident.

"We take the responsibility of providing a safe and secure environment for our children seriously and have already taken measures that have resulted in the arrest of those involved yesterday," Raimondi's statement said. "Students involved in the incident yesterday will be prosecuted and recommended for expulsion."

The superintendent also said security at the school has been beefed up following Wednesday's incident.

"In the aftermath of yesterday’s incident at Lawrence Central we have added additional security officers at the high school and are monitoring activities on all of our school campuses," the statement read.

According to the Lawrence Township school system web site, an emergency school board meeting has been called for 4 p.m. Thursday at school administration headquarters to discuss school security issues.

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