Pepper spray released in a Baltimore County high school sent 16 people to local hospitals. Officers tell WJZ a school officer used pepper spray to break up a fight.
Baltimore County’s public safety spokesperson says using pepper spray is authorized to bring a situation under control. “They’re authorized to begin with the least possible force and escalate to the most possible force,” said Elise Armacost. “Pepper spray is a tool that is used occasionally to break up a fight when they determine it’s necessary to do that.”