DUNDALK — A Holabird Middle School fight turned into a nightmare on Friday, March 22 as one student was transported to a local hospital after a school resource officer used pepper spray as a form of de-escalation, according to police.

Officials said the student complained of chest pain after the incident and was taken by ambulance for medical treatment.

Baltimore County Police Department were called to the Dundalk school at approximately 12:10 p.m., after a fight had reportedly broken out in the school’s cafeteria.

The onsite school resource officer separated the students by using pepper spray, which resource officers carry on their person, according to Baltimore County Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach.

Immediately after the pepper spray was deployed, the middle school cafeteria was evacuated. Several students reported complaints of watery eyes, burning sensations, coughing and chest pain, Peach said.

Shortly after 12:10 p.m., an EMS unit responded to Holabird Middle to assess the students involved in the fight.

“One was taken to a hospital when their chest pain persisted,” said Peach.

The officer did not know the extent of the student’s injuries. Dozens of students reported adverse effects. It is not currently known how many students were involved in the fight, the cause or what measures were taken.

Parents were not immediately notified, and the school reported operations back to normal after 1:30 p.m. Friday.

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