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