Girl, 13, arrested as two hospitalised and 100 pupils & staff checked by paramedics after 'aerosol' drama at school

A 13-YEAR-OLD girl has been arrested after two people were hospitalised and over 100 pupils had to be checked by paramedics after an "aerosol" drama at a school.

St Paul's Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Manchester, was forced to evacuate at around 12.20pm on Wednesday.

Paramedics had to check over more than 100 people following the "suspected aerosol discharge".

Two people were taken to hospital suffering from minor breathing difficulties, North West Ambulance Service said.

Firefighters attended the school, situated on Firbank Road, and ventilated the building.

A 13-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, Greater Manchester Police said.

She remains in custody for questioning in wake of the bizarre incident, involving "the release of gas from an aerosol can."

Emergency services, including a specialist hazardous area response team and advanced paramedics, attended the scene.

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A school spokesman said: "Earlier this afternoon the school was evacuated as a precaution due to the suspected discharge of an aerosol in one area of the school.

"The emergency services were called by the school to support the efforts being made to ensure the wellbeing of our pupils.

"All pupils have been accounted for and responded to the situation in a very mature way.

"Parents have been notified via email and text message, but, there is currently no need to collect their child early from school."

Road closures are in place in the area.

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