These High School Students Were Willingly Pepper Sprayed For Class
What's the strangest thing you've ever done for class extra credit? For Criminal Science Technology students at Barberton High School in Ohio, the answer is "willingly take pepper spray in the face." The results are about as terrible as you might expect:
In the clip, which has since gone viral, fourteen students receive a shot of pepper spray directly to their face by a man who intones, "Stop resisting, please comply." It doesn't take long before the effects of the pepper spray — which has oleoresin capsicum, an oil found in very hot peppers, as its main ingredient — take hold.
The screaming, crying, and physical flailing that ensue recall those "hottest pepper challenges," in which people film themselves chowing down on the world's spiciest peppers. But whereas those challenges are done by individuals seeking viral fame, this pepper spray challenge was done in the service of education.
In a statement toPeople, Barberton City Schools Superintendent Patricia Cleary shares:
"Students had an opportunity to voluntarily participate in an activity in which they would be subjected to a small amount of pepper spray for a brief period of time. The activity was conducted by the class instructor, who is a former police chief, and an experienced professional.Added supervision was provided by the school's resource officer. Students were required to have parental permission and consent in order to participate in the voluntary exercise. The intent of the training is to help the students gain an industry recognized credential in the law and public safety course curriculum that is offered by the Ohio Department of Education."
Todayconfirms that teens received permission slips for the pepper spray test, which note that the experiment is "completely voluntary." Additionally, local paperThe Barberton Herald's Facebook page includes photos from last year's pepper spray test:
Despite the experiment's total voluntary nature and educational value, this seems to be one extra credit project that might not be worth it.
Video: Watch These High Schoolers Get Pepper Sprayed by Their Teacher
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