Luevanos / iStockWhile plenty of students strive for good grades, the lengths that some would go to for a little extra credit is disturbing. In a viral video, teens at an Ohio high school voluntarily allowed themselves to be blasted in the eyes with pepper spray to reportedly receive extra credit in their Criminal Science Technology class. Warning: This video is disturbing.
The instructor lines the students up against a brick wall and then says, "Stop resisting, please comply," repeatedly.
As you'd imagine, the teens almost immediately begin shrieking in pain.
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The whole thing seems completely bizarre, right? Well, Barberton City Schools Superintendent Patricia Cleary told People:
Students had an opportunity to voluntarily participate in an activity in which they would be subjected to a small amount of pepper spray for a brief period of time. The activity was conducted by the class instructor, who is a former police chief, and an experienced professional.
Personally, as a parent, I wouldn't care if the pope administered it, I'd prefer my child not be tortured under the guise of earning extra credit. How is this exercise in any way educational?
But apparently other moms and dads feel differently, because according to Today, parents needed to sign a permission slip to allow their children to participate. The form stated that their kids had the option to get swabbed or receive a quick "burst" to the face with this chemical agent. The form made it clear that students could suffer "irritation and a burning sensation to eyes and nasal area" for as long as one hour afterward.
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Now, if my child came to me with this, I'd have to say, "Son, you don't need those extra points that badly. How about you just study a little harder for the next test and avoid up to an hour's worth of torment?"
Seriously, it's painful and irritating when you accidentally get shampoo in your eye. Who wants to submit to this? How do any administrators within the district view this as a good idea that offered any educational value or merit?
Cleary told People:
The intent of the training is to help the students gain an industry recognized credential in the law and public safety course curriculum that is offered by the Ohio Department of Education.
Sorry, I'm still not quite understanding how this is beneficial. Obviously, if you're going to be carrying a toxic substance or a weapon, you should know its effects. But police officers who carry guns don't shoot themselves to get an idea of what it feels like?
If anything, this experiment should keep these students on the right side of the law going forward, but this still seems awfully extreme.