Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99¢ for 4 weeks.
NewsOpinion

Students who assault police should be treated as criminals

I am amazed that you call into question the use of pepper spray by a law enforcement officer at Chesapeake High School ("How much force is too much?" Dec. 16). You state that "school officials should reconsider whether the same rules that apply to criminals on the street should apply to students in the school hallway."

I would argue that a student who refuses to obey a direct police verbal command and then proceeds to physically assault the officer is no different from any criminal on the street.

It is not the officer's fault that the spray was transmitted to others at the school. It is ultimately the fault of the student who caused the whole situation in the first place.

As far as I'm concerned, the student should be looking at criminal charges for assaulting an officer. Please lay the blame where it belongs.

Michael Langbaum, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Pepper-spraying officer did nothing wrong

    Regarding the recent fight at Chesapeake High School ("How much force is too much?" Dec. 16), while it is unfortunate that some non-combatants suffered non-lethal inflammation and irritation, the fact of the matter is that they were in the vicinity, (and no doubt cheering on the...

  • How much force is too much?

    Our view: Pepper spray incident at Baltimore County school raises questions about police policy

  • Essex policeman reacted properly by using pepper spray to stop a fight

    Having been assigned to Precinct 11 in Essex for the last four years until my retirement in November, I am very familiar with the school resource officers at Chesapeake High School who were involved in the use of pepper spray to break up a fight between two students ("How much force is...

  • Police officers in schools are a waste of county resources

    It seems to me that posting highly-trained police officers at Baltimore County's Chesapeake High School and other county middle and high schools is either a colossal waste of guns and badges, or, if truly necessary, a sure sign that we ought to give up ("How much force is too...

  • Failure to launch
    Failure to launch

    The spectacular explosion that destroyed a privately owned spacecraft seconds after lift-off from NASA's Wallops Island launch pad in Virginia Tuesday was a temporary setback for Orbital Science, the company that developed the unmanned vehicle, but if history is any guide it won't...

  • Voting machine mistakes [Poll]
    Voting machine mistakes [Poll]
  • Remembering Frank Mankiewicz
    Remembering Frank Mankiewicz

    In the hard-boiled if fading world of print journalism, it's often said that the only way to look at a politician is down. And the worst crime of all is to work both sides of the street, doubling as a reporter while working for a pol, or vice versa.

  • A message to the netherworld
    A message to the netherworld

    Blessed with an appetite for good Italian sausage served with peppers and onions, as well as an abundant curiosity, I took myself to The Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival last Saturday night without knowing quite what to expect. The only person I'd ever met who had seen the...

Comments
Loading