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Pepper spray used to quell fights at Las Vegas Valley high schools

Updated May 23, 2019 - 4:54 pm

The school year ended Thursday with fights at three Las Vegas Valley high schools, resulting in several students being cited, according to school police.

A fight broke out between two male students about 7 a.m. at Canyon Springs High School, 350 E. Alexander Road, in North Las Vegas, Clark County School District police Sgt. Bryan Zink said.

A crowd gathered around the fight, and school police attempted to break it up. The students weren’t cooperative, so officers used pepper spray to control the situation, Zink said.

One student was arrested and faces charges of battery on a protected person, participating in a fight and disorderly conduct. Another student was cited for obstruction.

A school district bus driver was injured in the fight and taken to a hospital for evaluation of minor injuries, Zink said. It was not clear how the bus driver was injured.

Also at about 7 a.m., school police broke up a fight at Basic High School, 400 Palo Verde Drive, in Henderson. Officers again used pepper spray, and three students were cited.

Another fight broke out about 9 a.m. at Chaparral High School, 3850 Annie Oakley Drive, in east Las Vegas. Twelve students got into a fight, and officers used pepper spray, Zink said.

Five students were cited for participating in a fight and disorderly conduct, and one student was cited for battery on a teacher, he said.

At Cheyenne High School, 3200 W. Alexander Road, in North Las Vegas, school police stopped a group of students before they could fight, and parents were contacted, Zink said.

Students who were exposed to pepper spray on all campuses were treated at the scene, Zink said.

Contact Jessica Terrones at jterrones@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0256. Follow @JessATerrones on Twitter.

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