By Pat Warren

ESSEX, Md. (WJZ) — 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.

Pat Warren has more on what happened.

One student arrested, the school evacuated and 16 taken to local hospitals. It was a chaotic morning at Chesapeake High School.

The students fought in the Chesapeake High School lobby.

“I saw everyone running and panicking in a frenzy,” said a student.

“Kids were going at it,” said a student.

A school resource officer used pepper spray.

“And I just remember just starting to cough and cough and cough,” said a student.

The building was evacuated and 16 students were transported to local hospitals. Parents rushed to pick up their children.

“This is why we had her in a small, private Catholic school for 10 years,” said one mother.

“And I’ve had enough. My daughter doesn’t feel safe,” said another mother.

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.”

“I cannot believe they would use mace on a child,” said a mother.

Parents who picked up their students Tuesday say they are concerned about fighting at the school.

“This should not be happening. It is just an everyday occurrence and I’ve had enough of it,” said Doris Colvin.

One student was arrested but the details of the arrest are unavailable at this time. WJZ was unable to verify reports that there are frequent fights at the school.

The effects of the pepper spray are not considered serious.

Comments (25)
  1. 86 graduate of CHS says:

    My how things have changed since 1986!!!

  2. baltimore resident says:

    the police should have shot em instead of pepper spray better yet both pepper and shot, only way to get these ignorant kids attention now.

    1. A CHS student says:

      I call bs on that. If a shot was fired, there would only be so much more panic, and possibly even a murder.

      1. baltimore resident says:

        CHS student you probably one of the cry babies who went to the hospital over a little spray, your so damn smart, you probably work as a walmart greeter

  3. Eric Hanson says:

    This violence is standard in Baltimore County Schools. I worked at Old Court Middle School 1997-2000 and we were always having fights, including one that involved the entire school blocking Old Court RD. Owings Mills High where I worked for 7 years has regular fights and several in my time there involving the officer having to use pepper spray. How did the news only just notice this? We have not been able or allowed to control our schools for years.

    1. Lisa V says:

      I totally agree!

  4. Jonathan Francis says:

    To those of you who hide behind a fake name and use derogatory rhetoric, are truly sad excuses for human beings.

  5. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    What is happening in counties like Balto & others around the country is an overflow of trash. Picture your garbage can that you continue to dump in & eventually it overflows & spills on the floor smelling the entire house & neighborhood. What we are witnessing is the government allowing lazy unmotivated class of peoples to live in the county using section 8 vouchers & forcing them upon good hard working citizens. When they spawn like the monkey at Chesapeake H.S., That is the garbage I’m speaking about.

  6. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Just look at the wall below the name of the school. Graffiti has been erased from it hundreds of times yet these knucklehead future criminals welfare queens won’t take a pen or pencil to paper to express their thoughs with homework assignments. This wall is very revealing about the content & character of the students, not all but to those losers & their flunky do nothing parents who never show up at a PTA meeting but give their kids cell phones & $200 sneakers.

  7. JJ says:

    The cop should have just tased or beat the living snot out of the little thug!

  8. Eli Hyman says:

    instead of bashing these kids why dont you give them a strong hand with firm direction? tasing them or spraying them doesnt do anything but promote further violence you need to look at the parents and their surroundings and stop blaming them. they were raised that way it isnt their fault they have bad parents.

    1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

      Eli Hyman, By the time these animals in human form reach high school, it’s way too late. This is called the cycle of perpetuity or violence & waste of life. No, the parents should have been forced to have implants but now these new 12yr olds should be given same & or the male sterilized. It will never happen in our liberal society so the best we can hope for is that they kill each other off or pray for sickle cell / aids.

  9. Parent of CHS student says:

    As a parent of a student who attends Chesapeake High, I do believe that the officer acted in a responsible way.I was told this particular fight was gang related so were the staff of the school and the officer just supposed to let this kind of violence continue?I saw a mother on the news today saying she didn’t like how it was handled because her 9th grade pregnant daughter couldn’t breathe from the pepper spray.She is so concerned that a little pepper spray was going to hurt her daughter..was she that concerned about what her daughter was doing when she was getting pregnant?Come on people let the school staff and police officers do their jobs.I bet you would really be upset if they were stabbing or shooting and the officer DIDN’T do their job correctly.The violence in schools has been going on for generations and continues to get worse…I think alot of that starts at home!

    1. harold says:

      Parent of CHS, Way to go Mom, tell it like it is. These gorillas have no shame in their personal behavior. If it feels good, just do it is their slogan with no thought on how to care, provide or feed the child because they are children themselves.They need to be sprayed in those projects & I don’t mean pepper spray. Let the state provide for them is what they say.

    2. 20 yr old that knows how to act says:

      Thank you for pointing that out! they give pats on the head for pregnant girls but gonna focus negativity energy on this incident..i graduated in 2009 and let me tell you i never got into a fight and i was being treated very poorly, so the others that were fighting I wish they would get pepper sprayed! Gang related? all these high schoolers act like they’re in gangs or claim to be in one like it is a cool thing. I give up on the generations after us. You think we were bad…got another train coming!

    3. wllharrington says:

      At least one parent has her head on straight and it is a good bet her chlid is well behaved also.

  10. wllharrington says:

    Teach the parents the difference between Mace and Pepper Spray.

  11. jimmy says:

    funny thing is that being directly pepper sprayed in the face does not require that you make a trip to the hospital so why are all these people who got “over spray” being rushed to hospitals. If the police empty an entire can of pepper spray in your face when they are locking you up they are not going to take you to the hospital.