By Ashley Yarchin
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Students were pepper sprayed Tuesday by a security officer at Clyde C. Miller Academy, a Saint Louis Public School.
Students say the food fight, which prompted the incident, was harmless.
NewsChannel 5's Ashley Yarchin was at the school Tuesday afternoon as students were released from class, and it seems that's all they were talking about.
"If it's a food fight, you shouldn't open mace. They're gonna stop eventually, so just let them do the crazy stuff they were gonna do. Just end it with security guards like they normally do. They didn't have to open mace," said sophomore Alfreda Roberts.
That was the general consensus from students.
The food fight started during the first lunch of the day, just before 11 a.m. Students say it wasn't a real fight, just a friendly one since school ends this Thursday.
Several explained that the security officer only sprayed because he slipped as he attempted to break up the food fight. It is not known whether any students were treated for getting pepper sprayed in their eyes and mouth, but many students say that certainly happened.
The pepper spray did end up getting students back under control.
NewsChannel 5 reached out to St. Louis Public Schools, and got a statement simply saying this incident is under investigation.