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Dozens sickened at Brandon middle school

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Friday at McLean Middle School was not a typical day for students.

"It was just like a horror movie, people were crying screaming or just plain panic," said 8th grader Solanch Echevarria. "Their eyes started burning and their nose started burning and everyone just started to run out of the 200 building to get away."

That was the scenario after an unidentified 12-year-old female student dispersed a chemical agent, possibly pepper spray, in the hallway of a building that houses 6th graders.

"We had approximately 93 students and teachers that were affected by this irritant," said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Spokesperson Jessica Damico.

Those affected by the spray were immediately taken to the cafeteria, which served as a triage for the school nurse and first responders who rushed to the scene.

93 people were treated; 37 of them were taken to Brandon Regional Hospital for their injuries.

Luckily, no one was seriously hurt.

The 12-year-old suspect is facing a misdemeanor charge of disruption of a school function.

Dismissal was delayed about 40 minutes because of the incident.

Late Friday, the suspect was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center where she will be released to a parent.

McLean Middle School Principal Franklin Oliver was clearly upset by the incident.

"I'm certainly disappointed. We had a good testing season, we just finished FCAT, I think we did fairly well. Kids had a lot of pinned up energy they were eager to get loose I'm just very disappointed by all this commotion," said Oliver. "Kids don't take things as serious as they should and things like this happen."


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