Ever since the passage of the highly controversial “bathroom bill” known formally as HB2 in North Carolina, a heated debate has raged over the legislation. Those in favor of HB2 claim that the intent of their new law is to assure that trans individuals do not enter public restrooms and sexually assault children, even though there are no instances of that having ever happened. Those opposed to HB2 say it is merely a way to legalize discrimination and marginalization of the LGBT community.
And now a high school in North Carolina will allow its students to carry pepper spray and other “defensive” weapons so they can use them just in case they encounter a trans classmate in a school restroom.
The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education has removed all prohibitive language in its policy on defensive weapons this week, but will still continue a debate as to which items will be allowed on campus.
One school board member maintained that pepper spray and other chemical irritants should be allowed in high schools just in case a state of federal court strikes down the bathroom law. Board member Chuck Hughes commented:
‘Depending on how the courts rule on the bathroom issues, it may be a pretty valuable tool to have on the female students if they go to the bathroom, not knowing who may come in.’
So far, the school board has agreed to allow chemical irritants and other defensive items–disposable razors included–on school property, instead of requiring that they remain locked in student vehicles, so students will not be in violation of the ban if they happen to forget to remove such items from their purses or pockets.
Board member Travis Allen said at a meeting of the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education:
‘I don’t want to put the students in this weird situation when they didn’t really do anything, they just happened to forget to check their purse every single day.’
There may be one problem if students under the age of 18 attempt to purchase pepper spray, according to gun shop owner Larry Hyatt, who said he refuses to sell such items to those who are not of legal age:
‘It’s going to be risky.’
The local newspaper, the Salisbury Post, said in an editorial that the new policy is seriously misguided, writing:
‘Actually, LGBT people — often targeted by bullies — might have more reason to carry pepper spray than most students.’
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