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ST. LOUIS • Two students from Sumner High School have been sent to the hospital with chemical burns to their faces after a 16-year-old classmate threw an unknown chemical on them Thursday morning, police said.

The victims, a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, were taken to a hospital where they were listed in serious but stable condition.

Their attacker has been taken into custody, police said.

St. Louis police say the unknown substance was thrown at the students in the library. Police got the call at 10 a.m.

St. Louis police and firefighters are at the high school at 4248 Cottage Avenue.

A St. Louis Public Schools spokeswoman gave no additional information Thursday afternoon.

Some students leaving the school at the end of the school day said they were told by the principal not to speak to reporters. 

Dallisha Robinson, 18, said rumors were going around about the substance and the motive, but she didn't have any first-hand knowledge of what happened.

"I think it was awful," she said outside the school. "There are consequences behind everything."


EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect condition for the victims based upon police information. Police have corrected the condition and this story has been updated.

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Denise Hollinshed is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch