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Pepper spray incident in Palolo sends 15 children to hospital

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:36 a.m. HST, Jun 22, 2013

Fifteen elementary-age students in a Palolo city summer program were taken to the hospital Friday morning and treated for pepper spray, paramedics reported.

Emergency Medical Services said the incident occurred at 9:15 a.m. at the gym at Palolo Valley District Park.

Police officers were making a presentation to summer fun participants when some of the kids began coughing and rubbing their eyes. The gym was immediately evacuated.

Police said one of the children apparently had brought the pepper spray and discharged it.

The children were reported to be stable condition.

No arrests have been made, but police have initiated an investigation.

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Mahalo wrote:
Lets blame the kids for bringing.. but isn't pepper spray standard issue to police officers? Isn't it more possible that a kid accidential discharged the police officers
on June 21,2013 | 11:46AM
elvisdiddy808 wrote:
I actually worked at there for a summer so i believe the cops.
on June 21,2013 | 12:13PM
tiki886 wrote:
Pepper spray is legal in Hawaii. I can buy it for $35 and keep it in my glove box since I can't carry my loaded 9mm Sig with me.

It's about as long as a pen and about as wide as a large magic maker. The kid probably stole it from mom's purse.

on June 21,2013 | 06:05PM
waianae94 wrote:
You can get it for like $10 on Amazon.
on June 21,2013 | 09:28PM
Grimbold wrote:
Ridiculous waste , expensive Overkill. Hospital! yakhh. Wash their faces would be enough.
on June 21,2013 | 06:56PM
Sunny wrote:
Dangerous town side!
on June 21,2013 | 11:52AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Even the kids.
on June 21,2013 | 12:24PM
lynnh wrote:
Sounds like the officers pepper sprayer malfunctioned and they are blaming the kids. I thought pepper spray was not dangerous, so why the hospital trips?
on June 21,2013 | 12:00PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
It's not "not dangerous". It's non-lethal. It'll affect breathing, vision, tear-production. It just won't kill you.

Of course, I doubt the makers of pepper spray ever tested on a non-adult human being.

on June 21,2013 | 12:14PM
Sunny wrote:
If someone is allergic to capsacin it could be very dangerous!
on June 21,2013 | 04:19PM
tiki886 wrote:
That would be the least of your concerns if you are under personal attack. In which case, the attacker would bear the liability of anyone who might have been "allergic" to the fumes.
on June 21,2013 | 06:33PM
wakempe wrote:
Too good. Blame the cops. As always.
on June 21,2013 | 12:35PM
mrluke wrote:
Actually "pepper spray", along with MACE hasn't been issued to police for many years, and that terminology isn't used anyomre. The spray that they are issued does NOT malfunction, and no officer would ever discharge it in any demonstration to small children. Most likely, as the story says, it was some civilian obtained type of spray that was in the possesion of some child.
on June 21,2013 | 01:01PM
tiki886 wrote:
The kid probably stole it from mom's purse.
on June 21,2013 | 06:17PM
tiki886 wrote:
One year I bought a whole bunch to hand out to my friends wives and my nieces. You can attached it to your car keys or put it in your purse. I keep mine in my center console just in case I run into a nut with road rage.
on June 21,2013 | 06:27PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Mandan Huntress Allie
on June 21,2013 | 12:22PM
scooters wrote:
Palolo Valley..that tells the whole story...
on June 21,2013 | 12:36PM
Grimbold wrote:
yep bad Population everywhere.
on June 21,2013 | 06:57PM
likewise wrote:
That was probably a very effective presentation then. "This is what it will feel like if you disregard a police officers orders and need to get pepper sprayed."
on June 21,2013 | 12:37PM
Anonymous wrote:
Well said. And the cop doing the presentation should've added at the end, "The one who set this off is going to get personally arrested by me"
on June 21,2013 | 01:25PM
Grimbold wrote:
And the kid laughs its head of. Arrest me ha ha, so what are you gonna do to me other than just talk ha ha.
on June 21,2013 | 06:59PM
tiki886 wrote:
In this case there is probably a good chance the kid will be kicked out of the Palolo city summer program and the parents will be liable for the medical bills of the other children. IF - the cops can find the underage perp.
on June 21,2013 | 08:30PM
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