BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A prison employee was terminated by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office after allegedly using pepper spray around a group of local high school students following a battle of the bands event.
According to EBRSO, an investigation was done into the misuse of the deputy's FREEZE+P spray while working extra duty as security for a private event at Southern University in April.
On Wednesday, parents and band leaders at Glen Oaks High said they were getting the runaround after trying to figure out what happened.
EBRSO said that reports stated he sprayed "the ground in close proximity to people exiting the stadium."
On April 2, the band director and parents said that a group of students and parents were allegedly pepper sprayed by a security officer while trying to board a bus home. This was after a battle of the bands event at the FG Clark Activity Center on Southern University's campus.
Metro Councilwoman Erika Green, who was helping the parents find answers, said a group of parents and students were about to board a bus home when an impromptu song competition broke out between Glen Oaks and another high school band in a parking lot.
The unidentified officer then allegedly demanded that the students stop playing and board the bus, and eventually the officer resorted to the pepper spray. According to Green, no one was seriously injured, but a child was sent to the hospital because of asthma problems.
Gregory Mitchell, who was not present for the incident, said his son was pepper sprayed.
The sheriff's office said it began investigating to see if it was an EBRSO employee involved after receiving information about the incident. They were able to determine that the deputy did misuse his pepper spray.
The deputy, whose name was not released, was fired, citing multiple policy violations including conduct unbecoming, unsatisfactory performance, false statements and use of force.