Teens pepper sprayed at Ohio high school for class exercise

Posted at 9:14 AM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 09:14:46-04

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A video has gone viral showing more than a dozen Ohio high school students being pepper-sprayed in the face.

The Barberton students agreed to be sprayed last week with their parents' permission as part of a criminal science class exercise for aspiring police officers. Students also have been shocked with a stun gun for the class. While some online commenters have been critical of parents for allowing their children to be pepper-sprayed, students and parents called it a useful learning experience. One copy of the video has been viewed more than 15 million times.

The Barberton schools superintendent says the pepper spray training was conducted by an instructor who is a former police chief.