A school system safety officer pepper sprayed a Grovetown High School student after she fought with him Tuesday.
The school safety officer was asked to help with an unruly student in a classroom at about 2:30 p.m. The student told an assistant principal to stay away and walked out of the class. The assistant principal and officer told the student to go to the office, but she said she wanted to go home and went to her locker.
The student eventually went to the office and called her mother. As the student left, the officer caught up with her, asked her to return to the office and took her arm to guide her back.
The student snatched her arm away and became irate. The officer told the student repeatedly to calm down or he’d spray her with pepper spray. The student then swung at the officer and the two fought until he pepper sprayed her. The student was taken to the officer and treated for the pepper spray.
The officer’s uniform was damaged during the scuffle.
Because the juvenile detention center was full, the student was released to her parents and told when to report for her court date in Columbia County Juvenile Court.