High school students volunteer to experience what it’s like to be pepper-sprayed

May 26, 2017 5:24 pm Last Updated: May 26, 2017 5:24 pm

We see it on the news nearly every day, but there are only some who have experienced what it is like to be pepper-sprayed by a police office or anyone else. These high school students volunteered for an awareness project to get an eye-full of pepper-spray so they could share their experiences with classmates, friends, and family members. The hope with an experiment like this is that it will, by word of mouth, deter potential lawbreakers simply by knowing what this feels like and telling others. It doesn’t feel good, as you are about to see.

Pepper spray (also known as mace or capsicum spray) is a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness. It’s used in self-defense, riot control, policing, and crowd control. It is also used on non-humans such as attacking bears or dogs.

The physical result upon being sprayed causes an inflammatory effect to the eyes, causing them to close shut.  basically, it will shut down a person’s vision temporarily. This makes it easier for officers or whoever is doing the spraying to restrain or defend against subjects. It is important to note that this is an extremely unpleasant experience and in some cases has been it has been deadly. Most deaths occurred in situations where being pepper sprayed was used several times on the same subject.

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