Pepper spray breaks up Atlanta middle school fight

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 7:29 AM
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ATLANTA — A school resource officer used pepper spray to break up a fight at an Atlanta middle school, and onlookers were inadvertently hit by the spray.

Atlanta police spokesman Officer John Chafee tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the officer saw three girls fighting outside Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School as about 100 students watched.

Chafee says the officer used pepper spray after being struck several times while trying to break the fight up. Some of the spray drifted and affected some other students.

Paramedics treated affected students.

Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green says the district’s policies allow officers to use pepper spray when warranted.

Chafee says the three students were charged with simple battery and disorderly conduct. One was also charged with obstruction after police say she hit the officer in the face.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/09/13 - 07:41 am
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The little darling were debating the guvmit shutdown & ACA. LOL
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The little darling were debating the guvmit shutdown & ACA. LOL

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/09/13 - 07:42 am
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I have a dream about the content of their character.
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I have a dream about the content of their character.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 10/09/13 - 08:43 am
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Little heathens. Should have

Little heathens. Should have let the pepper spray stay on them instead of wasting money treating them.

Pops
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Pops 10/09/13 - 09:12 am
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The parents of

many, many of these students are going to the media and demand "justice"........in other words....little cash would be nice.....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/09/13 - 10:11 am
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Geez

Fighting a police/resource officer should warrant time in jail.

Tarheel Soldier
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Tarheel Soldier 10/09/13 - 10:36 am
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Tazers would be better

The Resource Officiers should use tazers instead. The people getting tazed will be very reluctant to disregard the resouce officers in the future, and the collateral damage will be much less.

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Darby 10/09/13 - 11:00 am
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"The people getting tazed will be very reluctant to disregard

the resouce (sic) officers in the future, and the collateral damage will be much less."

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Sort of doubt that. Don't recall ever hearing of anyone dying from pepper spray.

Darby
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Darby 10/09/13 - 11:01 am
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Think I would have been tempted to grab one or two of the little

terrorists by the hair and drag them off to detention.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/09/13 - 11:35 am
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"Collateral Damage"

I think Tarhill was referencing it getting on bystanders; that doesn't happen with a Taze.

That said, I'm not so sure why a grown man needed to spray some middle school girls in the first place, unless they were bigger and stronger than the average 12 yo.

EDIT: Not that I care a whit about what happens to feral youths when they defy authority.

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Dixieman 10/09/13 - 12:51 pm
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Middle school

This means 5th-8th graders, 11 to 14 years old.
And liberals say society is not breaking down?
Private school is the only answer. Do whatever it takes to send your kids to a good one.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/09/13 - 12:51 pm
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itsanother, where does it say

itsanother, where does it say the resource officer was a man? Easily could've been a female. I don't blame them one iota for spraying the fighters. Some of the onlookers probably needed a good shot of it as well!

grinder48
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grinder48 10/09/13 - 02:51 pm
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My Little Baby
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Wonder how long before some parent cries out about her little baby being abused by the police. Can jessie jackson and al sharpton be far behind?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/09/13 - 04:16 pm
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IAD1, middle school goes up

IAD1, middle school goes up to the 8th grade where naturally we assume students are around 14 years old. If a student has been held back or failed, 8th grade students can be as old as 15 (possibly 16).

On that note, evidently you haven't see 14-16 year old girls fight. They are nasty, brutal and you best not come between them.

KSL
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KSL 10/09/13 - 04:20 pm
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Dixie

Provided one or more had not had to repeat a grade.

KSL
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KSL 10/09/13 - 04:22 pm
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ICL

Like thinking.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/09/13 - 07:23 pm
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JMO, I first read the article

JMO, I first read the article elsewhere and it says "he".

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/09/13 - 07:29 pm
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"you haven't see 14-16 year

"you haven't see 14-16 year old girls fight. " I have; and it is mostly slapping, wild swinging, and hair pulling.

KSL
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KSL 10/09/13 - 08:35 pm
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Like a cat fight?

Hissing, biting, and scratching. Oh, hair pulling.

Never seen one. People used to be more civil.

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seenitB4 10/10/13 - 07:11 am
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Think about this

Years ago this kind of fighting was unheard of...never, & I mean never did we hear of a student fighting an adult....we respected the teachers==principals- & etc.

This insanity is mind buckling to me..we should have immediate punishment whenever this happens....kick them out & stop playing with hoodlums .....when we can't control kids in school, what makes us think we can move forward in ANYTHING.

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