A harrowing incident at a local Montreal school sent four children to the hospital this morning after a group of students at the École Alphonse-Desjardins in Rosemont La Petite Patrie found a discarded canister of pepper spray. The CBC reports that the canister was found on the school's campus and its discharge affected about 20 children who were playing around with it. 

Emergency crews were quickly dispatched to the scene and 4 children were sent to the hospital for vomiting, persistent cough, and burning eyes. The incident didn't force an evacuation or emergency activities at the school, so the school is still open. 

École Alphonse-Desjardins is a small primary school deep in the heart of the Rosemont La Petite Patrie borough of Montreal. With around 500 students from pre-K to 6th grade, the quiet little school certainly didn't expect such a nightmarish occurrence to happen this morning. 

According to the school website, its students are as young as 5.

Authorities are not launching an investigation, the CBC states. You might find all kinds of weird things on the schoolyard, but pepper spray? The incident is bizarre, to say the least.

CBC News broke the story this morning on their Twitter feed. Parents were quickly called to pick up their pepper-sprayed children. 

In total, 22 children were affected by the spray when the canister got set off. Luckily, the school has remained open and no one else is under any danger. 

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Used in policing and for self-defence purposes, pepper spray is no fun at all for its victims. Burning the eyes, the irritating chemical compound attacks the respiratory system and causes extreme pain. Pepper spray is non-lethal but can wreak havoc on anyone caught in its path.

No other details about the incident at the school are currently known. 

Emergency crews are no longer on the scene and the school is still open.

More details to come as they are released. Stay tuned.


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