MIDLAND BEACH, Staten Island — Dozens of students were treated for exposure to pepper spray at a Staten Island school on Wednesday, according to the FDNY and Department of Education.
First responders were called to I.S. 2/P 37 on Midland Avenue, near Boundary Avenue, around 1 p.m.
About 31 people were injured, fire officials said. Of those, three students were taken to a hospital, 22 were treated at the scene and six refused medical attention, officials said. The FDNY initially said about 25 people were hurt.
A DOE spokesperson said the incident was related to an accidental discharge of pepper spray.
“Safety is our top priority, and after a device was accidentally discharged at the floor, the entire class was immediately evaluated by EMS out of an abundance of caution. No students were intentionally pepper sprayed,” the spokesperson said.
The DOE initially told PIX11 News the incident was not connected to the school.