Student arrested, charged after self-defense spray assault

Multiple people were taken to the hospital Tuesday after being assaulted by a male student wielding what was described in a news release as a commercially available self defense spray at Warren County High School on Tuesday.

According to Investigator Brad Pugh of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began with a disagreement between a male and female student in a classroom. The male was determined to be the aggressor and was charged with two counts of assault and battery with a caustic substance, one count of assault and battery and one count of disorderly conduct. The release also stated that other charges are pending.

The release stated that the male directly assaulted the female in question and a female faculty member who was trying to break up the assault. Two other female students were also “indirectly assaulted” by the spray.

The juvenile male left the location of the assault afterward, before the arrival of the school’s resource officer and was later detained without incident.

All those who were injured were taken to Warren Memorial Hospital, treated and released.

Pugh said the investigation is ongoing and authorities are in the process of interviewing the roughly 20 students who were in the classroom at the time of the incident.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com