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Middle school students fight, 23 treated for pepper spray

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — A deputy had to use pepper balls to break up brawls among students at a Southern California middle school.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department says a school resource officer requested assistance at Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley early Tuesday afternoon because of fighting among a crowd of students.

The department says students ignored commands to stop fighting and failed to disperse after being told the school was on lockdown.

A deputy then deployed “indirect” pepper ball saturation rounds. That typically means they are fired into the ground to release the irritant.

Firefighters treated 23 students and deputies arrested a 14-year-old girl for involvement in the disturbance.

Earlier, the school was locked down on a report of shooting. Deputies determined it was false and arrested a 13-year-old.

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