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Attacker pepper sprays Canarelli Middle School students at bus stop

Posted at 8:29 PM, Feb 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-16 11:10:45-05

It happened in the blink of an eye. Andrea Suell's daughter, Mika, who goes to Canarelli Middle School called her in tears around 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 14. Mika told her mom someone had just attacked her.

"It was so fast. It's terrifying," Suell said. “Two people in a black sedan pepper spray them in the face."

The terrifying moments happened at a bus stop on the corner of Pebble and Riley near Durango.

"She was just like 'some guy sprayed something at us. I think it's pepper spray and I can barely breathe,’" Suell said.

The 11-year-old's eyes and lips burned. “As soon as it hit her, she started choking," Suell said.

Suell raced home and doused her daughter's eyes for 30 minutes. “She was crying and coughing," Suell said.

Mika daughter has no idea who would do this or why. She didn’t even get a good look at the car or her attacker. "She just knows it was a black sedan and there were two people in it."

Samantha Reeve, who has two children at Canarelli, now worries about their safety. "It makes me feel like our kids aren't very safe in the neighborhood."

Suell worries it could've been a lot worse. "They could've pepper-sprayed her and grabbed her and took off,” Suell said adding that she’ll now drive her daughter to and from school. "She doesn't want to ride the bus anymore."