KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A bus ride home turned into an emergency on Thursday when students were sprayed with pepper spray while on a Knox County school bus, according to Rural Metro.
As a result of the incident, a 10-year-old boy is being cited to Juvenile Court and another student is facing school disciplinary actions according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. KCSO said the pepper spray had been brought to school by a student who gave it to another student.
Ten students were affected and had their eyes washed at the scene by first responders. The bus stopped at the corner of Ellistown Road and Millertown Pike northeast of Knoxville. In total, 35 students were on the bus. A second bus was used to take the students who were not exposed home.
Rural Metro Fire and AMR responded to the school bus to help the students.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated with additional information.