Student taken to hospital, FCPS school evacuated due to pepper spray odor

FCPS school evacuated due to pepper spray odor
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 11:10 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Fayette County school was evacuated Thursday morning.

FCPS officials tell us students and staff at Tates Creek Middle School were evacuated around 10 a.m. and relocated to Tates Creek High School.

Lexington Fire Department officials say the substance was producing an irritant-type response in people, itchy/watery eyes and scratchy throat. According to FCPS officials, at this time, they believe the source of the odor was pepper spray.

We’re told one student had difficulty breathing and was taken by ambulance for additional medical treatment.

Fire crews say air levels are returning to normal on their own, indicating that the substance is dissipating. FCPS officials say students will return to the middle school building within the hour.

Lunch is being provided to middle school students in the high school gym.

We’ll keep you updated.