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Two Barrington students charged with releasing pepper spray

Updated: March 2, 2013 6:59AM

BARRINGTON — Two Barrington High School students have been charged with unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the alleged release of pepper spray in the school earlier this month.

Police did not release the names of the students because they are minors. Both are females, age 15 and 16.

They were released and given a court date of Feb. 21 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Barrington High School and police said the alleged pepper spray incident occurred while school was letting out Jan. 16.

Jeff Arnett, chief communications officer for District 220, previously said the incident was believed to be accidental, but added that punishment would be handed down because the substance is not allowed on school grounds.

Arnett reported that the incident occurred in the school’s East Wing. Some students were affected by the spray, most notably with bouts of coughing, but were all OK after exiting the building, Arnett said.

“No one needed to be treated by the school nurse or transported to the hospital,” Arnett said.

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