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Oct 4, 2012 11:23 PM by CJ, The Associated Press

School police pepper spray crowd of LA teens

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles school district officials say dozens of high school students were pepper sprayed when they refused to disperse and allow police to break up a fight they were watching between two girls.

The district said in a statement that between 30 and 40 students from Narbonne High School were examined for pepper spray exposure after the Thursday incident, and one was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Officials said the fight came during the school's morning snack break, and a large crowd surrounded the girls who were fighting.

The statement said the crowd did not heed commands to disperse, and an officer trying to get through blasted the pepper spray out of concerns for the safety of himself and the girls in the fight, who were later cited.

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