10 Durban schoolchildren hospitalised after seemingly inhaling pepper spray

2020-01-30 11:28
 Paramedics responded and the primary school children received treatment at the school and at a nearby clinic. (iStock)

Paramedics responded and the primary school children received treatment at the school and at a nearby clinic. (iStock)

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Ten Durban schoolchildren were receiving medical treatment on Thursday after they developed breathing problems, seemingly from inhaling pepper spray. 

The incident happened at a school in Hillcrest, Durban, on Thursday morning. 

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According to KwaZulu-Natal emergency services spokesperson Robert McKenzie, paramedics responded and the primary school children received treatment at the school and at a nearby clinic.

Ten pupils, aged between 10 and 12, were hospitalised, McKenzie said. 

Four of them were in a serious condition, while the remaining six were in a stable conditions. 

McKenzie told News24 that he could not speculate as to how the children were exposed to the pepper spray. 

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