From The Archives: 1983 Tear Gas incident at East Ridge Middle

EAST RIDGE, Tennessee (WDEF) – Today’s school kids have seen a lot compared to what their parents and grandparents saw at school.

We found an example from our Archives 40 years ago at this time.

We covered a crisis at East Ridge Middle School.

It was frightening at the time, students being overcome and even collapsing at school.

30 students ended up being treated at local hospitals after exposure to a tear gas-like element at school.

It all seems very minor compared to the modern horrors of school shootings.

But this event certainly shocked students and parents at the time.

For this video, we combined the “day-of” story and the next day follow up.

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