Student pepper sprayed at Norfolk middle school

Norfolk police cruiser

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A student at Northside Middle School was pepper sprayed Thursday after being uncooperative with faculty and police.

Elizabeth Mather with Norfolk Public Schools confirmed a student assaulted both a Norfolk Police School Resource Officer and a Norfolk Public Schools security officer.

Karen Parker-Chesson with the Norfolk Police Department said the male student refused to listen to commands from faculty members to stay in a counselor’s office and started to punch wall lockers in a hallway. When a Norfolk Police officer tried to guide the suspect into the office, the suspect made a swing at the officer, grabbed him and pushed him into a set of lockers.

The officer told the boy to stop resisting and tried to put the him on the ground. A school security guard helped the officer get the boy on the ground, but he continued to fight them.

Parker-Chesson said the officer deployed a one-second burst of pepper spray to the suspect’s face, and he was placed under arrest.

No one was injured during the incident.

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