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A busload of Seneca Vocational High School students suffered some breathing discomfort and eye irritation Thursday morning when pepper spray was released throughout the bus they were riding in, Amherst police said.

The 23 students riding on the chartered metro bus at 11:35 a.m. were all treated by the Williamsville Fire Department, while nine of them were transported to area hospitals by LaSalle Ambulance. Five were taken to Children's Hospital and four to Millard Fillmore Suburban, police said.

The students were riding the bus from their high school to the Greater Buffalo International Airport for vocational training when the pepper spray went off.

Apparently, a student had the pepper spray, which was being passed around among the other students on the bus. One of the students sprayed a small amount, prompting the bus driver to pull over on Wehrle Drive, near South Autumn Street, and call for help, police said.

Two juvenile will be petitioned to Family Court, police said.

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