NC school board to reconsider decision allowing pepper spray

The Rowan-Salisbury North Carolina School Board. Chair Josh Wagner is in back, second from right. Chuck Hughes, the member who made the comment about pepper spray, is in front row, center. Official photo.

Salisbury, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina school board will review its decision to allow high school students to carry pepper spray, a policy one board member had said may be useful for students who encounter transgender classmates in the bathroom.

Rowan-Salisbury school board chairman Josh Wagner said in an email to The Salisbury Post ( ) the board will review the policy when it meets May 23rd.

During the May 9th meeting where the board approved the policy, member Chuck Hughes referenced the North Carolina law limiting LGBT rights, saying such sprays could help female students if they go to the bathroom and don't know who's coming in after them.

Wagner said Hughes' comment had no effect on the board's decision.

The policy would go into effect in August when new student handbooks are issued.

Information from: Salisbury Post,

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