Pepper spray used at Ball High to break up brawl
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle
GALVESTON — Pepper spray used to break up a high school fight drifted on to 50 other students and sent them to the nurse’s office for treatment, a Galveston ISD spokeswoman said today.
Forty-two students asked to be sent home after being treated Thursday by the nurse at Ball High School, spokeswoman Christine Hopkins said.
A safety officer used the pepper about noon to quell a fight involving four freshmen, Hopkins said.
“Pepper spray is used as a last resort by security staff,” Hopkins said.
The Galveston ISD police force includes licensed peace officers and safety officers, who have less training than licensed officers, she said.
Hopkins said school staff phoned the parents of the affected students. The school received few complaints, she said.