Police pepper spray Nashua North student

NASHUA – A police officer Thursday morning used pepper spray on an unruly student at Nashua High School North, according to police and school officials.

The school resource officer used pepper spray to bring the student under control, Principal David Ryan said.

The incident happened between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. in an empty hallway inside the school, and no other students were affected, Ryan said.

Because the student involved is a minor, Ryan wouldn’t identify the student or divulge the grade level.

Without commenting on the specifics of this incident, both Ryan and a Nashua police sergeant said typically an arrest follows an individual being pepper sprayed.

In addition to any possible criminal charges, any discipline the school imposes would follow the school’s code of conduct, Ryan said.

The was the first time this school year a police officer had to use pepper spray on a Nashua High School North student who failed to comply with an officer’s orders, Ryan said, although earlier in the year, an officer had to threaten to use pepper spray to bring a student under control.

– PATRICK MEIGHAN