UPDATE: Teen faces criminal charges for 'suspicious chemical' at Covington school

UPDATE: Teen faces criminal charges for 'suspicious chemical' at Covington school

COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - The Covington Police Department reported a chemical exposure at a junior high school on Tuesday.

Eight students were believed to have been exposed to the unknown chemical, but all refused treatment with no injuries reported.

A 13-year-old student is in custody after police say he brought the chemical onto school grounds. He faces criminal charges. The school system is also exploring whether not to take any disciplinary action against the student

The St. Tammany Parish School System said parents were made aware of the situation via a school-wide robocall.

The following was posted to the Covington PD's Facebook page:

Chief Tim Lentz announces that the Covington Police Department, with the assistance of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and Covington Fire Department, is currently investigating a suspicious chemical at William Pitcher Jr. High School, 415 S Jefferson Ave. At approximately 2:10 PM, school officials notified a Covington Police school resource officer, assigned to the school, of a student in possession of a bottle containing unknown chemical(s), which was reportedly smoking, and had spilled onto a sidewalk outside.

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