Evacuation of Fort Frances High School

A 15-year-old male from Off Lake faces several charges stemming from a spraying incident Wednesday morning that forced the evacuation of Fort Frances High School and sent several students to hospital.
The youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was charged with unauthorized possession of a weapon, administering a noxious thing with intent to harm, and mischief, Fort Frances OPP reported.
He was released from custody and will appear in court here Oct. 19, police added.
The incident began around 9 a.m. when a student discharged a pepper spray canister in the southwest stairwell of the building, causing a number of students to become nauseous and have difficulty breathing.
FFHS principal Gord McCabe had said about 20 students were sent to hospital, adding all were treated and released.
Students and staff were re-admitted to the school once it was deemed safe, at around 11 a.m.
The Fort Frances Fire Department, OPP, and paramedics had attended the scene.
Because Confederation College has a separate air circulation system, it was not evacuated although the doors between the two facilities were closed off.
The pepper spray was seized by police.

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