A fight at a high school basketball game in DeLand, Florida, recently turned so violent that police had to use pepper spray to keep the crowd at bay. The local sheriff's office said about eight fights involving up to 30 people each broke out after a game between DeLand and Spruce Creek high schools, CBS affiliate WKMG reports.
The incident took place in the parking lot after the game, police said, and it involved students from both schools. At first, the fight began as an argument but when a deputy assigned to the game attempted to escort one of the Spruce Creek students to his car, around 100 DeLand High students attacked him.
According to the news source, the deputy then had to use pepper spray to quell the violence and called for back up. However, it appeared to work as no injuries were reported and nobody lodged any complaints about the spray.
While pepper spray is an important of police officer's arsenal, it can also be beneficial for members of the general public as well. Experts say that those who decide to carry the device should do so in an easy-to-reach location.