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High School Students Voluntarily Experience Pepper Spray - Goes Just As Well As Expected

Barberton High School in Ohio has recently come under fire after video footage emerged of a controversial career tech class, showing a group of teenage students willingly subjecting themselves to the painful effects of pepper spray. The students were allegedly studying an unnamed course, focusing on criminal technology. The test was not a mandatory part of the course but participation did earn the students an extra point in their graduation program. Twelve of these points are required for students to graduate from the criminal technology program.

Pepper spray is a non-lethal inflammatory agent that is regularly used by police to incapacitate people who are resisting arrest. The spray momentarily affects vision and causes intense irritation to the eyes and nasal area of the face. Many of the students in the course have plans to work in law enforcement and the class test is designed to demonstrate the painful effects of pepper spray. In the video, the professional instructor calmly moves along the line of students, telling each teenager to “stop resisting…please comply” before spraying them.

Patricia Clearly, the Barberton City Schools Superintendent, has emphasized that the class test was permitted by the Ohio Department of Education and that each student required a signed waiver form from their parents to participate. Moreover, the local Police Chief was also present at the test, telling students that everyone will have “the option to be swabbed or receive a quick ‘burst’ to the facial area with this chemical agent.” However, since the video was uploaded to YouTube, there has been considerable backlash from other students and parents across America.

The two-and-a-half-minute-long video begins quite calmly as the pepper spray’s effects began to kick in. Suddenly the girls who had been sprayed first begin screaming and doubling over in pain. Several male students grin and laugh before bending over in similar pain.

The students in the video are shown in considerable pain with one male student yelling “It feels like a volcano s**t in my eyes” while another girl flees off-camera, screaming “I need to go!” The video has since gone viral, receiving over 160,000 views and nearly 500 comments. A huge number of the comments have praised the boys and girls who dealt with the pain without shrieking.

Other online commentators have raised concerns that the demonstration is inappropriate for the school ground and needlessly puts children at risk. Although pepper spray is non-lethal, a small number of people have died after being sprayed with the inflammatory agent. Despite people’s divisive views towards the class test, few can argue that the students learnt a very painful lesson.

Source: NY Daily News
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