Chuck Hughes of the North Carolina Board of Education retracts his remark about the use of pepper spray.
North Carolina's Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education member Chuck Hughes weighed in on an issue regarding schools in his district and a recent approval to allow students to carry mace on campus.
He made an allusion to the “bathroom law” currently heating up the state’s legislative body.
“Depending on how the courts rule on the bathroom issues,” he said in a board meeting, “it may be a pretty valuable tool to have on the female students if they go to the bathroom, not knowing who may come in.”
Some thought that his statement carried with it an approval for students to pepper spray transgender kids using the restroom.
Hughes has since tried to retract his statement saying to Talking Points Memo (TPM), "It was a whimsical, inappropriate comment that I regret."
Hughes also said that his comment was not intended to target LGBT youth, instead, he says it was aimed at straight people with questionable intentions.
"I never intended to slur, disrespect or deprive the GLBT [sic] students of the rights to which they are entitled. Nor did I suggest that GLBT students were problematic," he wrote in an email to TPM. "It is the 'straight' perverts within the community that concern me, people who might well take advantage of our students, straight or GLBT, in and out of school, if the 'experiment' initiated by Charlotte should spread, as it well might if the state loses its legal challenge."
The board will reconvene on May 23, to re-examine their pepper spray allowance and address concerns.
Hughes recently told BuzzFeed that he will vote against having the chemical on campus at the next meeting.