School Board Votes to Allow Students to Carry Pepper Spray and Mace, With One Member Referencing HB2
North Carolina's Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to allow students to carry pepper spray, with one member advocating its use against transgender students in a comment about the anti-LGBT law HB2.
School Board member Chuck Hughes (photo) "referenced HB2, saying that the sprays might be useful," the Salisbury Post reports.
“Depending on how the courts rule on the bathroom issues, it may be a pretty valuable tool to have on the female students if they go to the bathroom, not knowing who may come in,” Hughes said.
Some responses via Twitter:
Outrageous! North Carolina school system to allow pepper spray against trans people; can bull whips be far behind? https://t.co/NjwT6KVQhb— Bob Witeck (@Bob_Witeck) May 11, 2016
@dominicholden What could go wrong? Teens with pepper spray, this will end well.— Str8Grandmother (@Str8Grandmother) May 11, 2016
NC school system will allow students to carry pepper spray to "protect" themselves against transgender classmates. https://t.co/tBPBB4U65S— Carrie Morgan (@C_T_Morgan) May 11, 2016
Salisbury-Rowan school board member Chuck Hughes is encouraging students to pepper spray transgender students https://t.co/XR5A03GIAf— Pat Shields (@whatidoissecret) May 11, 2016
bc giving highschoolers pepper spray isn't as dangerous as letting them use the right bathroom ! https://t.co/4sMtH8fLht— Brooke Danielle (@75sbrooke) May 11, 2016