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SALISBURY, N.C. — High school students within the Rowan County school system will be allowed to carry pepper spray with them during the 2016-17 school year, according to the Salisbury Post.

School board member, Chuck Hughes, said he was in favor of allowing the pepper spray on campus because it could be a useful defense mechanism.

Hughes referenced House Bill 2, saying the sprays could be helpful to female students who go to the bathroom and don’t know who else may be coming in.

Other members told the Salisbury Post they are concerned that the sprays could be used for something other than fighting off an attacker. In prior cases, students have used Mace to attack teachers.

The school board adopted the new policy Monday, but students will not be able to carry pepper spray until the policy appears in the 2016-17 student handbook.