Getting pepper sprayed in the eyes is part of curriculum for LCSC security guards

LEWISTON, ID - Six campus security officers now have the skills to deal with dangerous scenarios, however what they had to do came at a painful price.

They say pain is temporary, just weakness leaving the body, however some local security guards may beg to differ.

"At first it wasn't to bad but once it got in my eye it immediately closed I couldn't see out of it," said LCSC Criminal Justice Student, Levi Forsberg.

Leaders from the Lewiston Police Department taught an in-depth class about pepper spray,

"We learned the use of force, and how to prevent you getting contaminated as much as the suspect," said LCSC Justice Studies Student, Brandon Rowley.

However part of the curriculum also included being sprayed in the eyes.

"In order to carry pepper spray here on campus they have to be certified," said LCSC Director of Security, Barbara Pierce. "It's just one of the policies that we have."

A painful policy the newcomers agree with.

"Once you get that experience you know how that person's going to be feeling that you pepper spray," said Forsberg.

And if being sprayed in the eyes isn't enough, they also had to complete other challenges.

"Once it affects you you're just going to defend yourself, either push him off, punch knees, whatever you would do," said LPD Detective, Tom Sparks. "Once he determines after about 30-seconds or you've given it all you got. He's going to escort you right over here and you gotta find the radio on the ground."

In addition to pepper spray security guards also get to carry batons, both of which are strictly for defense only.

"We don't use it as a compliance tool," said Pierce. "So if somebody is in fear of their physical or one of the student's physical safety then they would use it as defense only."

"If someone is coming after you, you need to protect yourself," said Rowley.

With the new "Guns on Campus" law being passed, KLEW News asked if security guards will soon have guns in addition to their other defensive tools. Director of Security Barbara Pierce says 'No, they don't see a need for guns, and they'll leave it to LPD if anything really serious ever comes up."