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Norfolk school board retains pepper spray policy

Thursday - 1/19/2012, 8:34am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Civilian security guards at Norfolk's public schools can continue to use pepper spray if they believe it's necessary to break up fights or control other violent incidents.

Media outlets report that the Norfolk School Board unanimously voted Wednesday night to keep its pepper spray policy.

Some parents raised concerns after guards used pepper spray to stop fights at three schools last October. Board members then reviewed the policy.

Interim Superintendent Michael Spencer says pepper spray is a less invasive way to end a conflict without putting anyone else at risk.


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