School supplies for North Carolina students include: pens, paper and pepper spray.
One school district is allowing students to bring pepper spray on campus — to ward off any possible restroom intruders.
The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education’s stinging decision will allow high school students to bring mace to class, out of fear transgender people will enter the bathrooms in violation of the state’s HB2 law.
“Depending on how the courts rule on the bathroom issues, it may be a pretty valuable tool to have on the female students if they go to the bathroom, not knowing who may come in,” board member Chuck Hughes said, according to the Salisbury Post.
North Carolina’s stance against transgender bathroom use has caused severe backlash for the state, now locked in a legal battle with the U.S. Justice Department after the agency said its law violated civil rights.
While Gov. Pat McCrory fights to save his anti-LGBT law, the school system has come up with a temporary solution — letting students carry a blinding, burning and stinging liquid spray at all times.
The Rowan-Salisbury school district has more than 19,000 students, with eight high schools, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
The school board emphasized that pepper spray should only be used defensively on campus.