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Private security firm fired after pepper spray incident at SC high school

The Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 on Friday fired the private security firm it had used to provide security at North High/Middle School after an incident involving pepper spray the day earlier.

Seven students were exposed to pepper spray by the security officer assigned to the school.

We were very clear that we did not agree with the actions of the security officer and determined that it is in our best interest to terminate the services of DTH, Bill Clark, spokesman for the school district, said in a news release. The unnamed security officer sprayed a student with pepper spray twice, once after observing an exchange between a school administrator and the student and again after following the student into the school s Career Center. Other students in the Career Center were also exposed to the pepper spray, the district said. According to reports on Thursday afternoon, the exchange between a school official and the student arose from music playing on a cell phone and some apparent difficulty in turning it off.

After the pepper spray was discharged, law enforcement and EMS services were called to the school and the school was locked down to prevent other students from being exposed to the pepper spray, the district said.

All students involved in the incident were able to return to school on Friday, the district said.

DTH Protective Services[1] is a private firm headquartered in Orangeburg.


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No consensus on funding airport security, matter may go to PMO

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 29, 2017 2:55 am[1] No Consensus On Funding Airport Security, Matter May Go To PMO A section of officials said that with no breakthrough on the issue of security cost, the matter may be referred to the PMO. (Representational)

Government ministries working on security consolidation at airports are stuck on who will foot the Rs 800-crore bill raised by the home ministry for providing CISF support at airports across the country. Consolidation of security at airports, after the launch of regional connectivity schemes, is being worked on by the ministries of civil aviation, home and finance. One of the stakeholders suggested that the cost should be passed on to passengers. A meeting chaired by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Friday was attended by junior minister for finance Arjun Ram Meghwal and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha[2], besides officials from the three ministries. A section of officials said that with no breakthrough on the issue of security cost, the matter may be referred to the PMO. The meeting to discuss a unified security architecture for the aviation sector and consolidation of security at airports under the CISF has happened twice. The three departments met for the third time on Friday, but agreement eluded them. While the civil aviation ministry argued that the money should come from the consolidated fund of the Government of India, the finance ministry is said to have suggested that the burden be passed on to air travellers. The home ministry said this would lead to hike in air fares.

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Prisoner escapes while en route to psychiatric hospital in Maryland

A man being unloaded from a prison van in the parking lot of Maryland s maximum-security psychiatric hospital had maneuvered his way out of handcuffs and a waistchain before escaping guards and fleeing into the woods, police said. Authorities have launched K-9s, helicopters and teams of law enforcement as they hunt for David M. Watson, 28, according Howard County Police, which is leading the search. Watson is charged with attempted murder involving police officers in Wicomico County and was on his way to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center near Jessup for an evaluation in his case, said Sherry Llewellyn, spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department.

After the van arrived in the parking lot of the hospital at about 9:40 a.m., a guard opened the vehicle s door, and Watson pushed the guard to the ground, Llewellyn said. He then ran into the woods, Llewellyn said.

There is no indication at this time whether this was something that was planned in advance or an impulsive act in the moment, Llewellyn said. Guards chased him for a short period before he disappeared, Llewellyn said. He was last seen near running in a wooded area near Dorsey Run and Patuxent Range roads, police said. Investigators searching the woods found some abandoned items of clothing, which Watson might have discarded as he fled, Llewellyn said.

Watson was serving a 100-year sentence for attempted murder in Delaware, where Wicomico County deputies had picked him up for transport to Clifton, Llewellyn said. Watson was convicted in 2013 in connection with firing a rifle into the home of a Delaware police officer, according to the Delaware News Journal[1]. The report states that the allegations in the Wicomico case are similar. Online court records in Maryland show he was found incompetent to stand trial in 2014. Police released an image of Watson that shows he has tattoos between his eyes and under his right eye.

Llewellyn said it s unclear if he s still in Howard County or if he s left the immediate area.

Howard County police said anyone who sees Watson should call 911.

We just want everyone to be aware and on the lookout, Llewellyn said.


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