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Pepper spray hits bystanders in Vicksburg Junior High fight

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The district says a male student initiated the fight that also involved two other students. The district says a male student initiated the fight that also involved two other students.
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A school resource officer broke up a fight at Vicksburg Junior High School with pepper spray Monday, but some students not involved in the fight got caught in the crossfire.

"Just said her eyes started burning. Her nose was dry. Her throat was burning and she just fell to the ground. She said that she had trouble getting to where she needed to be because her eyes were bothering her so bad," said Kathy Luna whose daughter was accidentally sprayed.

The district says a male student initiated the fight that also involved two other students. Luna told her mom she didn't even know a fight was going on until she got right up to it.

"The bell had rang, [and] she was trying to get to her class. She was going to where she was supposed to be and she was in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Luna.

The Vicksburg Warren School District Superintendent Dr. Liz Swinford released a statement saying in part, "Pepper spray is a last resort when attempting to control situations and is only used when other methods fail."

At least six students were checked out by the school nurse after the incident. Others were not evaluated by the nurse but were checked out by their parents.

Luna, however, doesn't buy the district's logic.

"It breaks my heart. When my daughter told me what happened to her, it hurt. Because she didn't ask for this to happen and it shouldn't have happened to her, to any of the other students for that matter," confides Luna.

Superintendent Dr. Liz Swinford also said in the statement, "Our SRO's are trained in controlling these types of situations and are adept at utilizing their judgment when a situation can be controlled by no other means."

The three students involved will face suspension according to school board policies. But they say the male student that instigated it will likely face more severe punishment than the other two.

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