More than 20 students at Jamaica High School required medical attention on Tuesday morning after another student released pepper spray in the school’s cafeteria.
A spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Education said the incident took place at about 8 a.m.
The DOE’s statement said 16 students complaining afterward of either burning eyes or tightness in their chests.
A spokesman for the FDNY issued a statement saying they were called to the school at 8:55 a.m., and that a total of 22 people were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.
The DOE official said the students and one staff member were treated and released, and that parents were notified.
The DOE also said the container was released by a student from Queens Collegiate High School.
Queens Collegiate shares the campus at 167-01 Gothic Drive with Jamaica High School. The DOE statement said that the cafeteria was aired out, and disciplinary action against the student is pending.