A school system in North Carolina has created a policy to allow high-school students to carry pepper spray starting fall 2016 in order to “protect” those who may face transgender classmates in bathrooms. The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education decided on the policy Monday. Chuck Hughes, a board member, said it’s intended to be purely defensive. Hughes noted the controversial state law as an impetus for the decision. The spray policy would not be implemented until it’s published in the student handbook for the upcoming academic year.