INDIANAPOLIS – Three North Central High School students were arrested Monday after an incident involving pepper spray and homemade weapons.
According to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the three teenage girls who were arrested sprayed six other “rival” students. Everyone involved in the dispute was a teenage girl.
The trouble started around 11:50 a.m. Monday when an IMPD officer heard a fight near the gym. He saw students flushing their eyes at a water fountain and realized someone had gotten them with pepper spray. Another student was screaming at the other girls, the report said, when a teacher told the officer that the girl had sprayed the other teens.
The officer tried to restrain the screaming girl, but she refused. She’s quoted in the report as saying, “Don’t touch me, get away from me,” to the officer. She became more irate, but the officer finally handcuffed her after four or five attempts. All the while, the report said, the girl kept telling him to leave her alone.
The officer took the girl and two other female students to the dean’s office after discovering what the report called “homemade weapons” (a sock with a cylinder metal weight tied on the end and a padlock).
According to police, the teens had waited outside the gymnasium for their targets and then pepper sprayed them, causing burning sensations in the eyes, noses and faces as well as breathing problems. The weapons cited in the report were a precaution “in case I was jumped,” one of the girls told police.
According to the report, the girls said the attack was the result of a series of posts on Twitter that referenced a previous fight. They were going after the girls who’d written the posts.
All students affected by the pepper spray declined further medical treatment.
Preliminary charges against the arrested students include battery, criminal recklessness, intimidation, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement. They were taken to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center.