Pepper spray used to stop school fight

From staff reportsJune 4, 2009 

— A school resource officer used pepper spray Wednesday to break up a fight at Dillard Drive Middle School.

An altercation broke out between four students in the cafeteria during the breakfast dismissal period, said Greg Thomas, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System. Thomas said the officer ordered students to stand down multiple times before discharging one shot of the chemical.

Most of the students were already out of the cafeteria when the officer released the spray. Paramedics were on hand to offer treatment to the few students who might have been exposed, Thomas said. Those students also were given the option to call home.

Thomas said he is unaware whether any students asked for treatment or called home.

Principal Teresa Abron sent a letter to parents detailing the situation.

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