School board reverses course, bans pepper spray

SALISBURY, N.C. (NBC) A school district in North Carolina has reversed a decision allowing students to carry pepper spray on school grounds.

The Rowan Salisbury Board of Education had previously voted to allow students to arm themselves with pepper spray and mace on school property, enacting the new policy just three weeks ago. The ruling changed the definition of a weapon, removing pepper spray and mace from the list of prohibited items.

But some parents and law enforcement expressed serious concerns about the idea.

Additionally, potential liability issues prompted the board to reverse course and overturn the policy.

The vote to reverse course was unanimous.