14-year-old charged in connection with pepper spray discharge at school dance
A 14-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with the discharge of pepper spray at a school dance at a Lehigh Acres elementary school.
Jayda White Green was charged Tuesday with possession of a weapon on school property, according to a release issued by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office late Tuesday afternoon.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies had responded to G. Weaver Hipps Elementary School at 6:25 p.m. Friday in reference to a medical assistance call.
Witnesses told arriving deputies that “someone sprayed ‘pepper spray’ in the cafeteria where a Parent Teacher organized Friendship Dance was taking place.”
Deputies evacuated the building and had everyone wait outside until Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue arrived.
Thirteen people, most of them children, reported minor eye irritation or trouble breathing and were transported to the hospital.
The Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division was assigned to investigate.
“Based on training and experience, detectives determined multiple individuals were reacting to the chemical agent aerosol discharge from pepper spray,” the release states.
Officials said law enforcement policy in such cases is zero tolerance.
“I have no tolerance for anyone who jeopardizes the safety of students, staff and family members at a school dance,” Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a prepared statement. “Make no mistake, they will be held accountable to the fullest extent as safety and security in Lee County schools remains my number one priority.”