Chesapeake High Evacuated Following Pepper Spray Incident

At least 16 people were transported to local hospitals for treatment

(UPDATED 2:47 p.m.) Sixteen people were transported to local hospitals after pepper spray was dispersed Tuesday following a fight inside Chesapeake High School.

Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman Charles Herndon said the incident began around 11:30 a.m. when a fight broke out between two students in the front commons area of the school, located on the 1800 block of Turkey Point Road.

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A school resource officer attempted to break up the fight, but a struggle ensued and the officer had to use his pepper spray, Herndon said.

Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said one student was arrested and transported to the Essex Precinct. In addition, police said patients were transported to various local hospitals, including Franklin Square, Johns Hopkins Bayview and Johns Hopkins Hospital, for non-life-threatening injuries.

It is unclear how many of those injured in the incident were students.

Herndon added that the school was evacuated for 45 minutes while fire crews ventilated the building.

Students at the school said the scene was chaotic as they were asked to leave the building.

“I was collecting money for homeless families in need when the fight broke out,” said Chelsea Clark a Chesapeake student. “I grabbed the jug of change and tried to get out of there.

"That was when the officer sprayed the pepper spray. I breathed in the spray and have been coughing ever since.”

Chesapeake senior Chris O'Shea added: "I saw administrators darting down the hallway and so [I] followed and found the fight in the commons."

Another Chesapeake senior, Karah Hauser, said students were startled by the incident.

"I was in class, so I didn't see the event happen, but we were evacuated by the fire alarms," she said.

Rachel Martinez contributed to this story.

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Michael December 14, 2011 at 12:07 PM
Stop acting like animals...follow the SRO's instructions and this would not have happened. Plus the effects of pepper spray wear off in 45 minutes...Stop making more out of it than it is.
Dkennylee December 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM
Do you know how many fights wete in this school in 92 and there was no one even kids spraying pepper spray. This is just wrong 99% of school fights dont end up in er...just some meat on the eye. So thiss officer turn this into mayham.. Why is it bad to hold the kid down bit ots alright to spray in there eyes like a common dog
Dkennylee December 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM
Sorry about typos my thumbs are still sleeping
Bart December 14, 2011 at 03:46 PM
There have been fights in High Schools since forever. Why did this officer turn to the pepper spray? Some things have gotten way out of kilter.
Cathy Simpson December 14, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Maybe they have to use pepper spray because you just never know if someone has a gun or some other sort of weapon. If a kid had gotten stabbed, shot or worse, you would be complaining that the officer didn't do enough. These officers are trained to do what is necessary for any given situation. Get over it.
Dkennylee December 14, 2011 at 08:46 PM
@ cathy if there was a gun do you really think pepper spray would help lol really.. so wait there was no gun or knife or bat or weapon ? so did this sissy cop say please stop fighting .... ok well looks like im gonna have to pepper spray you and who ever is around you..what a joke if the parents did there job there wouldnt be weapons in school ... im over it ..I think all the kids that got hit with pepper should all hit him with some pepper and tell him its all right its for you saftey..please
Buzz Beeler December 15, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Things are a whole lot different now. A fight can turn deadly real quick. How many stabbings in some city schools have we seen? How many kids have been shot or killed over a school fight? Crowds can turn on an officer real quick. Has anyone seen the videos of violent fights and attacks on the referees at sporting events including the college level. Look at the violence that left numerous students injured and some in critical condition as they tore down the goal posts. They blamed the cops for not being prepared. Fights, anyone remember Columbine? There is a saying that goes: "It's all fun and games until someone looses an eye." I wonder how many of those making comments have ever been in the middle of a situation like that with the difference being you are now responsible for the lives of those kids involved. What do you think would be the reaction of the community if one of those kids would have been shot or stabbed? You assault a police officer you will get sprayed. The spray (NON LETHAL) crowd control device did it's job. The fight broke up real quick, did not spread out of control and no one required hospitalization. The treatment for exposure to pepper spray is water. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_violence
Dkennylee December 16, 2011 at 06:04 AM
I didnt want to sound rasist but saying anything about city schools ..but we aint in the city and there were 16 kids in er, come on teachers cant cain you or dunce you in the corner but some cop sits in the school with pepper spray columbine really.. And pepper spray would have done what there . Im all for protecting our kids but this pepper spay is getting out of hand along with tasers
Dkennylee December 16, 2011 at 06:10 AM
Buzz im not disregarding how you feel. you seem like a nice person we just seem to be on diffent sides on some issues lol but I just was born a rasied here and it seems all back wards to me
Buzz Beeler December 16, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Dkennylee, these things usually just don't happen on the spare of the moment. Generally these incidents involve issues that are long simmering. The police, especially the SRO's know of the gang problems in county schools. The county is becoming more like the city in many ways. There has been a large influx of poor into the county and with that comes the related social issues. Read the link I posted on school violence. Pepper spray was designed for exactly situations like what happened at Chesapeake. I wonder what the tone of the comments would be if the cop backed off and things escalated into a stabbing or worse. This is a time, vastly different from when we were younger, where a perceived disrespecting of someone can lead to a homicide. All of those students were released after being treated for the exposure to the spray, which in most cases does not require a visit to the ER. In a vast majority of these incidents, if there is no interdiction the results are far more serious. I remember this one. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bal-schoolshooting,0,7200116.storygallery
rick j December 27, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Buzz I got your apology and no worries.Keep telling you to chill.Cannot change the world or some peoples views.Have a safe New Year.RickJ
Buzz Beeler December 27, 2011 at 04:36 PM
Rick thank you. I was worried when I did not hear from you. What I did really bothered me, but the reality is life keeps changing and not always for the better. I'm getting to that age where you begin to see those changes, often times involving yourself. One of the guys I worked with for many years just died of cancer. I have three close friends facing terminal cancer. Rick, what bothers me is that I went off without thinking clearly and making the mistake that I often point out to others. I failed to comprehend what the heck I was doing in not understanding your comment. I respect you ability to have the understanding and I have learned a valuable lesson. Thanks and hope you also have a safe New Year. I just wish I could burn that page on the screen.
rick j December 27, 2011 at 05:00 PM
No problem.Between my job and having my dad with me who is 81 my head is spinning.Sometimes I don't know how to get back on.Computer braindead.You also have a safe new year.RickJ
Buzz Beeler December 27, 2011 at 07:46 PM
My mom just turned 91. She won't leave house. I give you credit for having having your dad with you. Hope his health is good. My brother's girlfriend's 91 year old father is with her and my other close friend just lost his day who was with him and 97. Doctor told me to take fish oil and now in today's Sun an investigation by Consumer Reports said it's not good for those on BP medicine, taking aspirin or that have a defib in their chest. No more fish oil. I don't mind being brain dead so much as I do not realizing it. That is the scary part.
rick j December 27, 2011 at 07:52 PM
He is pretty good from the waist up.From the waist down he is a load.We were at the train garden and he steeped up on the curb and he started to go down.He wasn't hurt because I held on but took 3 guys and we were are good size to get him back up. They preach all this stuff to take and sometimes I think they are just guessing
Buzz Beeler December 27, 2011 at 08:19 PM
It's sad because for every one of us who really care about our loved ones and provide loving care for them, there are those who could care less. They do absolutely nothing. I'll never understand that. You are not kidding when you say they are guessing. My doctor from years ago missed diagnosed my cancer twice, my other doctor missed my heart issue that lead to a near death situation, and another prescribed a MRI, knowing I had a defib in my chest. Instant death when the wires can be yanked out of your heart by the MRI. Now when I challenge them or ask a question they think I'm a wise guy. I love it when they find out you're not so stupid and keep records including old prescriptions. It's very interesting to see how quickly their attitude changes.
rick j December 27, 2011 at 08:22 PM
You wonder if they are qualified too


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