Student pepper sprayed by SRO at Greenville alternative school

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A teenager was pepper sprayed this morning at an Eastern Carolina high school.

It happened at Pitt Academy, which is an alternative school in the Sadie Saulter Educational Center on Fleming Street in Greenville.

Pitt County Schools spokesman Tom McClellan says the school resource officer had to use the pepper spray to “de-escalate disorderly and potentially threatening conduct” by a 17-year-old.

An ambulance was called to the school, and the student was treated on-site.

Greenville police say around 8:30 a.m., the SRO at the school asked for additional officers on campus due to a disturbance. As the officer was trying to escort the teenager outside, they say he assaulted her. The officer then pepper sprayed the student.

Police say any disciplinary actions will be handled through the school system and the state Department of Juvenile Justice.