POLICE: Four students involved in fight where SRO used pepper spray

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Multiple students at a Pitt County middle school were pepper sprayed this afternoon.

It happened around 3:15 p.m. at C.M. Eppes Middle School on Elm Street.

School system spokesman Tom McClellan says a school resource officer had to use pepper spray on the students to stop a fight. It happened inside the school building.

Greenville police said the fight involved four students, with several staff members and students trying to break it up before the SRO arrived.

Greenville Fire/Rescue evaluated the students, and Lt. Justin Wooten said three students were released to their parents, while a fourth was taken to ECU Health Medical Center for routine observation.

Wooten said any disciplinary action will be handled through the school system and the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.

This was the second time since Friday that an SRO used pepper spray at a Pitt County school.

On Friday, a student at the Pitt Academy, an alternative school at the Sadie Saulter Educational Center, was sprayed after police say he assaulted an SRO who was trying to escort the student outside the building.