Second Case Of Pepper Spraying At Pitt County Schools

There's been another case of students pepper sprayed in a Pitt County school, the second one in less than ten days.

The latest happened Friday afternoon at J.H. Rose High School.

School spokesperson Heather Mayo tells WITN News that two girls got into a fight around 1:40 p.m. in the school's commons area. She said several hundred students crowded in to watch the fight.

A school resource officer and a custodian tried to break up the fight, with the officer repeatedly blowing his whistle for the students to leave and for the students to stop fighting.

Mayo says to gain control and not let the situation get out of control the officer used his pepper spray on the two ninth grade girls.

No students were transported to the hospital, while Mayo said a couple of parents picked up their children from school.

The two girls involved with the fight were arrested by Greenville police.

On November 5th several students at A.G. Cox Middle School in Winterville were taken to the hospital after pepper spray was used to break up a fight.


Original Story

Three students were sent to the hospital after a school resource officer had to use pepper spray to break up a fight.

It happened at lunch today at A.G. Cox Middle School in Winterville.

Pitt County Schools spokeswoman Heather Mayo says three boys got into a fight in the cafeteria. When the resource officer used the pepper spray it caused eye irritation to other students.

Emergency medial workers set up a triage at the school for students with burning eyes and two were transported to the hospital because of the pepper spray. A third student, who was involved in the fight, also went to the hospital.

Mayo says an ambulance stayed at the school as a precaution, while they don't know yet a motive for the fight.


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  • by Dee Dee Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:05 AM
    This is so not true 2 girls started to fight and the kids around the fight all got mased thats the reason why parents came to pick their children up!Get the real stuff from a student who got mased like me!
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Nov 18, 2008 at 01:29 AM
    Never should have pepper sprayed them. Should have hit them with the Tazer instead, it has a longer effect on the memory.
  • by George Hackakid on Nov 17, 2008 at 12:42 PM
    Thank you Nobody. Let me also add that at every school holiday, the TV is playing all day CSI. This is the grossest show on tv. Who was it that came up with you can't spank children? Probably some educated fool with NO children. But, to get back on topic. Spray them, club them, slap them whatever it takes to restore order, and if the parents don't like it, then they can take their kid to another school, hopefully in another state. Like what councilman Max Joyner says "if you don't like change, then leave Greenville.
  • by Onyx Location: GVL on Nov 17, 2008 at 11:34 AM
    When the schools are indocrinating the children in all subjects (wear a uniform, regurgitate what we feed you on the EOC tests) including biology where they are taught they are nothing but animals, what do you expect? These children are not being educated to thnk critically. I have two students at Rose, and their teachers have repeatedly told me they just need to make it through the EOC tests. They don't really need to understand the material, just spit up what they've been force fed, and it's all good. When you teach children that they have evolved from monkeys, don't be surprised when they act like them.
  • by nobody Location: somewhere on Nov 17, 2008 at 07:00 AM
    I dont only blame the parents but I mainly blame the govt. systems I do believe we need the d.s.s. but they take it to far we cant even spank the children np more and you expect them to learn. good luck with that I also blame the media in everything they never show any of the good only the bad if a kid gets punished and learns a lesson and succeeds in live you dint hear about that but if one bad parent beats there kid to death every news coverge media would be all over it. They need some parental guidence and a foot in there butts every now and then
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2008 at 06:56 AM
    Glad to read that Greenville Police arrested the two involved. Good job resource officer.
  • by Wood Location: Washington on Nov 17, 2008 at 06:07 AM
    This is the type of thing some people/students will prey upon to get attention and or get something for nothing. The non involved students should not have been close enough to the ruckus to have been affected by officers attempting to stop it. They could, maybe should, be charged with aiding and abetting immediately after their treatment. Of course there could be extenuating circumstances, but if so we're not told here. Those involved should be punished appropriately plus have to pay for their own medical treatment. Thanks for letting me state my opinion.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Nov 16, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    Its better than being tased. Kids are far from being kids these days. They are bigger, and a lot of times more aggressive than some think. Eventually, they have got to understand that you obey rules, and laws! Fighting is illegal, and resisting law enforcement is too. Sounds like they got what they deserved. Kids will try to push things mainly because they think that nothing can be done. They definately need to be shown different. Kudos to Alpha Female for your comment. Its the absolute truth!
  • by lin Location: martin county on Nov 16, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    Evidently you must have one of two in school. One was booted out. Now live with the other and the results. Training begins at home. HOw can children who have never had training train the babies they are having. You choose. Have the SRO and their gun and pepper spray or Put GOD back in school with prayer and respect. Works at home too.
  • by Joe Location: Beargrass on Nov 16, 2008 at 05:50 AM
    Some think the pepper spray was to extreme. the girls were told repeatedly to stop & they refused to listen (hard of hearing, mentally slow, or refused to obey authority) so if pepper spray is to harsh next time maybe the SRO should start swinging his/her night stick until the hard-headed rebels start listening!
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