Spraying irritant gas in chemistry class: 16 students injured

Eleven-year-old injured 16 classmates with irritant gas in class

In Friesoythe, Lower Saxony, a sixth grader triggered a major alarm on Friday. The eleven-year-old boy had sprayed irritant gas during class in a chemistry and physics department. 16 students were injured, some of them had to be taken to hospital with severe respiratory and eye irritation.

16 pupils injured by irritant gas

On Friday morning an eleven-year-old boy sprayed irritant gas in Friesoythe in the district of Cloppenburg (Lower Saxony) during lessons in the chemistry / physics room of the local junior high school. According to a press release from the police, a total of 26 sixth grade students were in the classroom at the time, 16 of whom were injured.

Seven children had to be brought to clinics

"After first-aid by an emergency doctor, nine of the injured pupils could be picked up by their parents, and seven pupils were taken to the surrounding hospital by ambulances because of severe respiratory tract and eye irritation and given medical care there," the police wrote.

The uninjured pupils were also picked up by their parents, the classroom concerned remained closed for the rest of the day.

In the other classes, the instruction continued during the operation, in which around 100 rescue workers participated.

According to police reports, an investigation was initiated against the student who caused it.

According to media reports, it is still unclear whether the sprayed substance was pepper spray or another irritant gas. However, it is clear that the boy himself brought the cartridge to school.

Health consequences

Irritation gas, such as tear gas or pepper spray, is used by the police in demonstrations in Germany, among others.

Some people also acquire such funds privately for self-defense. It is often not difficult for minors to get such sprays.

The symptoms caused by this usually appear immediately or a few seconds after spraying.

Sprayed irritant gas can cause swelling of the mucous membranes and immediate closure of the eyelids. Inhaling the irritant usually causes coughing and shortness of breath. There is often an uncomfortable itching sensation on the skin. (ad)

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