Nova Scotia

3 youths arrested after altercation triggers lockdown at Upper Tantallon high school

A high school in Upper Tantallon, N.S., went into lockdown Friday morning after a sensory irritant was used during an altercation involving three youths.

No serious injuries after sensory irritant deployed inside Bay View High School

An RCMP cruiser is parked in front of a high school.
Police say there are no serious injuries following an altercation at Bay View High School on Friday. (Héloïse Rodriguez-Qizilbash/Radio-Canada)

Three youths have been arrested following an altercation Friday morning at a high school in Upper Tantallon, N.S., that led to a lockdown after a sensory irritant was sprayed.

Halifax District RCMP say police and emergency services responded to a call at Bay View High School at 9:30 a.m.

They learned two youths had assaulted a third youth outside the school. When the fight moved inside the school, the third youth deployed the irritant.

The three youths and two staff members suffered minor injuries. RCMP say other people in the school's lobby may have experienced minor symptoms "consistent with cross contamination of an airborne irritant."

Police say the incident was targeted.

Hold-and-secure measures at the school were lifted shortly after noon.

The youths have been released on conditions and are scheduled to appear in youth court in Halifax on Dec. 21.

Two youths will face a charge of assault, while the third will face an assault with a weapon charge.