Three teens pepper sprayed

No known motive and no suspect in pepper-spraying of three teenagers in Lantzville.

There appears to be no motive behind a pepper spray attack against three teenagers in Lantzville Wednesday.

Nanaimo Mounties, Lantzville Fire Department and B.C. Ambulance paramedics rushed to Seaview Elementary School after a 911 call at about 9:40 a.m. that three young people were pepper sprayed and needed an ambulance.

Police said the youths were camping in a wooded area behind the school when one of them heard a noise. He stepped out to investigate and was pepper sprayed.

The two girls with him came out to see what happened and were immediately sprayed as well.

“I don’t know if they were on private property or school property, but they were in this old shack sleeping and they came out when they heard a noise and got sprayed,” said Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong, Nanaimo RCMP spokeswoman.

The school was closed for the holiday break.

The teens were treated at the school by paramedics and questioned by police.

Because all three victims were sprayed in the face, none was able to see their attacker or give police a description, Armstrong said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Nanaimo man wanted on assault warrants

John Bates wanted following two separate incidents from earlier this year

Stz’uminus motivational speaker and musician named ‘emerging cultural leader’ in Nanaimo

Patrick Aleck is among the recipients of the city’s Culture and Heritage Awards

Plan in place for B.C. Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

Vancouver Island’s current COVID-19 case count officially hits zero

Of the 130 recorded Island Health cases, five people have died, 125 recovered

RDN will look at collecting old bins once automated waste collection starts in the fall

Residents outside Nanaimo city limits to see new waste pickup model in October

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

B.C. starts to see employment return under COVID-19 rules

Jobless rate for young people still over 20% in May

Parcel stolen from front porch, Nanaimo RCMP looking for suspect

Unidentified woman allegedly stole package containing $400 smart watch

Beefs & Bouquets, June 3

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Man found dead in his tent at Island homeless camp

Facebook posts tell of personal struggles and attempts to stay clean and sober

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Alert Bay resident carves tribute to his community kicking COVID-19’s butt

‘Our little village crushed the curve with love and commitment’

End of an Era: Tofino hair studio closes shop

“We were getting excited to start ramping up and then all of sudden we had to close our doors.”

Most Read