Charleston County School District trying to identify student in pepper spraying incident

Charleston County School District school bus

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office has released new details about a pepper spraying incident that happened on a school bus on Thursday.

The sheriff’s office says deputies were dispatched to the Ladson Fairgrounds on Thursday at around 4:07 p.m. in reference to a student spraying pepper spray on a school bus.

Deputies say the bus was transporting students from Northwood’s Middle School.

Officials say that deputies were able to search the student’s bags, but no pepper spray was found.

Deputies also say that none of the students were in distress associated with exposure to pepper spray, but deputies say that the students said they did initially start coughing just after the pepper spray was discharged into the air.

After speaking with students, deputies say they were able to determine that a male student walked to the front of the bus and discharged the pepper spray behind the school bus driver but not to her directly.

Officials say the bus driver did not start immediately suffering from the pepper spray exposure, but eventually did and had to make a turn into the Ladson Fairgrounds and told students to open all the windows.

Some students were released to their parents who were able to drive out to the scene and the rest were transported by the school bus, officials say.

The sheriff's office said the Charleston school district is trying to identify the male student that is seen on video provided from the Charleston County School District dispersing what appears to be a pink canister of pepper spray twice in no general direction.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is pending further investigation.

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