Pepper spray was discharged on a school bus on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 23, at Smyrna Middle School. As a result of the incident, three students went to the school nurse for eye inflammation, and one of those three students visited a doctor.


Pepper spray was discharged on a school bus on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 23, at Smyrna Middle School.

On Monday, Superintendent Debbie Wicks said the incident was still under investigation.

“It’s unclear exactly who sprayed it,” she said.

The ninth-grade student who brought the pepper spray onto the bus is up for expulsion on Thursday, Sept. 30, Wicks said.

As a result of the incident, three students went to the school nurse for eye inflammation, and one of those three students visited a doctor, Wicks said.

The incident occurred at the end of the school day on a shuttle bus that takes ninth graders from Smyrna Middle School to the high school to be bused home.

The ninth grade is currently housed at the middle school while renovations continue at Smyrna High.

Rumors circulated among students about weapons at the school, but Wicks said those rumors have not been substantiated. No weapons other than the pepper spray were found, she said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Smyrna School District Central Office at 653-8585 or the Smyrna Police at 653-9217.