Police officer pepper sprays eight 4-year-old children in their classroomBy Mason White 2:21 PM November 9, 2014
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By: Chan Yuan
Parents were notified after police officers used pepper spray and hit eight children in the eyes.
The weapon was deployed during a visit to school in Wales.
The incident unfolded when the officers were showing off she pepper spray to young kids at the Ysgol Gymraeg Gilfach Fargoed in Bargoed, Caerphilly, while giving a lesson on police equipment.
The officers thought they were demonstrating the use of pepper spray with a mock PAVA, (pelargonic acid vanillylamide) which is a synthetic version of pepper spray, but somehow, the can was not changed and they accidentally discharged the real stuff.
Eight students, aged four to five, were affected by the spray. Their parents were urged to seek medical help if they had concerns about the welfare of their children.
One parent said that although she was not impressed with the conduct of the officers, she believed that the discharge of chemicals was a genuine mistake.
A police spokesperson said that parents were contacted by a senior officer to explain what happened, discuss any concerns and offered their sincere apologies.