Officials in a Pennsylvania school district where a substitute teacher released pepper spray to break up a student fight chastised her actions, while a union official hailed her as a hero.

Pat Dawson, spokeswoman for the Woodland Hills School District in Swissvale near Pittsburgh, said that Superintendent Stan Herman had decided not to hire substitute teacher Lois Sharlock to teach in the district again.

She said Sharlock violated the district's


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