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Teen arrested in connection with spray incident at St. John's school

Prince of Wales Collegiate in St. John's is on lockdown Wednesday due to a bear spray incident.
The RNC has arrested a 16-year-old male in connection with an incident that happened at Prince of Wales high school in St. John's Wednesday. - File image

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —  A 16-year-old boy has been arrested for reportedly spraying bear spray at other students earlier this week on the parking lot at Prince of Wales Collegiate School. 

At about 10:45 a.m. Sept. 19, high school staff called police to report an altercation involving a group of students outside on school property.

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Officers with RNC’s operational patrol services division, as well as criminal investigation division, arrived and found out that several students had been sprayed with an aerosol spray, which we believe to have been bear spray.

Paramedics with Eastern Health were also called to the school and treated a number of students in connection with the incident.

At least 20 students were exposed to the bear spray when it was discharged at an individual by another student. Several students were also conveyed by paramedics to the Janeway Hospital for further medical attention.

Video taken by a bystander has been broadcast on various media outlets.

After the RNC’s major crime unit arrested the teen, he was held at the Youth Remand Center overnight and is scheduled to appear in provincial court in St. John’s today.

He faces charges of assault with a weapon and breaching court orders.

This investigation is ongoing.

Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident, as well as anyone with additional video. Anyone who has information to call the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be provided anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

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