Arrest made after pepper spray used on Tulare County school bus


An arrest was made after a student on a Dinuba school bus used pepper spray on Wednesday causing an incident that had to be treated as a hazmat situation, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office announced.

Deputies responded to the area of Avenue 384 and Road 96 in Dinuba regarding an aerosol irritant that had been sprayed inside a school bus transporting students.

Upon arrival, deputies contacted the school bus driver who told deputies an aerosol irritant, possibly pepper spray, had been sprayed inside the bus by one of the students, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies determined that a family member had provided the minor student with the pepper spray.

Cynthia Mata, 22, was arrested, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Dinuba Fire Department ambulance staff treated three minor students who were exposed to the pepper spray.

They were transported to a local hospital for further evaluation as a precautionary measure. The rest of students were released back to Dinuba Unified School staff to be transported to their homes.

Anyone with information shoul contact the Sheriff’s Office 559-733-6218.

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