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School Board Member Says Students Should Use Pepper Spray Against Transgender Kids

The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education in North Carolina voted on Monday to allow students to carry pepper spray in schools beginning next fall.

Why on earth would they do that?

Well, at least one member of the board believes pepper spray will be an effective deterrent against the non-existent threat of transgender predators.

A North Carolina school system has adopted a policy allowing high school students to carry pepper spray this fall, a policy one board member said may be useful for students who encounter transgender classmates in the bathroom.

Board member Chuck Hughes said using the sprays was purely defensive, and he referenced the North Carolina law that limits LGBT rights, saying such sprays could help female students if they go to the bathroom and don't know who's coming in after them.

In addition to a myriad of other terrible things, HB2 can now be credited for inspiring schools to allow the use of pepper spray against transgender students for no other reason than simply existing.

We may think of the legal and constitutional ramifications of HB2 as a largely federal matter now that the Department of Justice has taken action, but if this actually happens -- if a transgender student is attacked with pepper spray -- there will be a whole new legal battle that emerges in the form of a lawsuit against this school system.

This escalation does not come from transgender children, it comes from the people who say transgender children are a threat.

  • Badgerite

    I suppose it is better then making it a crime to go to the bathroom. I doubt kids would feel the need to hurt their classmates quite the way their parents might like.

  • Aynwrong

    God, this is like watching a very slow moving train wreck. We can all see it coming and I’m not sure what can be done about it. It’s being challenged legally and thank God for that but the fear has been sowed. The violence that has the potential to inspire is very, very real.

    And just to repeat myself from yesterday, a Clinton presidency means we keep an Attorney General in office who will oppose this in the courts. I say this to you Bernie or Bust voters.

  • Ken Kohl

    Well, at least it wasn’t firearms… yet.

  • Georgie
  • This is horrible. As if transgendered children don’t already have a difficult time of it, they’re going to allow other kids to hurt them under the color of law and policy? Someone needs to get an injunction against this nonsense before someone gets hurt. NC conservatives have lost what little of their mind remained.

    • Badgerite

      The whole point of these laws is to harm the kids. To make them be ashamed and “out” them.
      It is very disgusting and thoroughly UN Christian. These are kids. Not perverts. As far as I’m concerned, these lawmakers are the perverts in this.

  • muselet

    The Salisbury Post:

    But members were still concerned that the sprays could be used for purposes other than defense. The board’s lawyer, Ken Soo, said that there have been few cases of a student using Mace against a teacher.

    I wonder if Chuck Hughes would say that’s a purely defensive use of pepper spray.

    Chuck Hughes and the majority on the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education are enabling the bullies in the high schools in their district (in Hughes’s case, deliberately so). If things play out the way we all expect, Ken Soo is going to be a very busy man.


    • ninjaf

      Do you know what there are even fewer instances of? Transgender females attacking other females in the bathroom. So, if they can understand and use statistics to support their case, they (in theory) should be able to understand statistics in other context. But that would mean giving up their fear and bigotry. Sorry–for a minute there I thought we were dealing with rational adults.