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Police Forced to Pepper Spray Unruly Second-Grader; Mother Claims Excessive Force

Police Forced to Pepper Spray Unruly Second-Grader; Mother Claims Excessive Force

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The Daily Mail

April 06, 2011

An eight-year old boy named Aidan was pepper sprayed by Lakewood, Colorado police after acting up in a classroom.

Teachers had barricaded themselves in after the second-grader threw a violent temper tantrum.

Aiden, whose last name was not revealed to protect his privacy, had torn a piece of wooden trim off the walls and was wielding it like a weapon, according to a police report filed about the incident at Glennon Heights Elementary on February 22.

He also threw a television and was threatening to kill the teachers. When police arrived, a spokesman said, they felt they had no option but use use the pepper spray on him.

Aidan told local 9 News, ‘It burned my eyes, and I couldn’t see.’

He was reportedly treated for minor skin irritation.

This was the third time police had been called after Aidan’s temper tantrums, although his mother, Mandy, is criticizing the police for what she considers excessive force, and for treating her young son ‘like a common criminal.’

According to the police report, Aidan ‘was climbing the cart and spitting at teachers. He also broke wood trim off the walls and was trying to stab teachers with it.’

‘I wanted to make something sharp if they came out because I was so mad at them," Aidan said. ‘I was going to try to whack them with it.’

After he refused to obey police, they sprayed him with pepper spray two times. He dropped the stick, and they handcuffed him.

Lakewood police are defending their actions. Aidan was placed on a ‘mental health hold’ and was transferred to a school for children with behavioural issues.

Aidan’s mother told 9 News that her son had been seeing a doctor, but has not been diagnosed with mental problems and is not on medication.

‘I have some anger things,’ the child admitted. ‘I don’t think they’re ever going to go away.’


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    Robocop33

    about 3 years ago

    14600 Comments

    This little Damien is clearly wacko and dangerous and the cops were really left no option, can't shoot him and can't really taste the little brat either so pepper spraying him was a good option. I am not sure if this kid is a mental case or just a vicious brat but the parents better wake up before someone gets badly hurt by this little creature!

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    He has a improvised weapon, has made threats to kill people and forced the same people into barricading themselves from him and calling the police for help. The police arrive, give him multiple commands (which he refuses to obey) and he gets juiced to get him under control. Now mom is upset because her son was treated like a "common criminal"?

    Guess what lady, HE IS! Off the top of my head I come up with criminal damage, aggravated assault, criminal confinement (or kidnapping), disorderly conduct and obstruction. 8 year old or not, he is climbing the criminal tree pretty quick

    Get a grip a mom and get the boy some help.

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    liljj

    about 3 years ago

    892 Comments

    wow my teacher didn't believe me when I read this out loud and wow the mom is questioning the police. he was wielding a sharp object and made threats.. The mom and kid should be lucky he didn't get tased or worse. This is only the start and the boy needs a complete evalution he may not have been diagnosed yet but surely there is something wrong if the police have been called on him twice.

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    Gombino

    about 3 years ago

    2658 Comments

    Bump sdyoung82. Mom needs to be investigated.

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    kevw25

    about 3 years ago

    1298 Comments

    Well mom, when your kid acts like a criminal, you get treated like one.

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    DarkBlue

    about 3 years ago

    4880 Comments

    This kid needs a complete psych evaluation. They do have people we call Child Psychologists who DO diagnose children. Some times it's genetic, sometimes it's learned behaviour due to Family " issues " , and sometimes both. Some here believe he needs a spanking....... but that may also be the problem ? Physical abuse at home ? There is something more going on here for sure. Hello.....Mommy Dearest ......maybe ?
    After being in LE for many years I find not only does the Apple not fall far from the Tree........It sometimes falls under it and rots. I'll bet after meeting the kids Parents ALL questions would be answered.

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    da254cp

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    I would have dropped kicked this little sh#t. Guess what mom.... he is a common criminal! He made terroristic threats towards the teachers, damaged property and was weilding a sharp object with intent to use it. Now she is proabaly going to try and sue. How bout both the mother and child get locked up?! It is only going to get worse, next he will be microwaving kittens and cutting heads off of dolls!

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    jrka804

    about 3 years ago

    18 Comments

    Whip his ass...then hers!

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    Asmarak

    about 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    Sounds like the boy needs a good ass kicking at home. Mom needs to stop placing blame on the police and become a parent. During the interview on GMA the kid said he missed his mom because he was at school. Sounds like another future problem for the world do deal with because mom doesn't want to be a parent.

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    vtrombley

    about 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    This child is obviously disturbed. How could a parent let their child get this excessive? sdyoung82 I third your opinion.

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    corylovesandrea

    about 3 years ago

    6230 Comments

    Bump sdyoung82...

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    sdyoung82

    about 3 years ago

    478 Comments

    The article said he has not been diagnosed with anything, they dont diagnose children at that age!!! They may treat them but they never diagnose children at a young age simply because they have no clue still about medications and the childs mind. That being said I think this kid has a big case of the spoiled brat syndrome. This kid needs an old fashion spanking. This kid knows no consequences for his actions and that is the parents fault. She is worried that they are treating her son like a common criminal, guess what lady he is one. His supposed "anger" issues will only get worse since you are refusing to spank his but when he gets out of control. This kid will end up severly hurting someone or killing someone someday simply because he was ticked off about not getting his way. Look for this kid in the future. As for the officers, I think they handled the situation perfectly, maybe taze him next time. As for the mom, shame on you, grow up and be the parent!!!!

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    Jonas

    about 3 years ago

    41144 Comments

    Excessive force my eye. Sounds like he needs way more skin irritation than this. I wonder if he got this way from his mother or his father!

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    Cat_D

    about 3 years ago

    9610 Comments

    Both of my kids have bad tempers, they come by them honestly. HOWEVER, temper tantrums were NEVER allowed in my house. My daughter STILL talks about the full body restraint I would put her in. I didn't hit her I didn't yell, but I would wrap my arms and legs around her and not let her kick or hit, she would fight me until she would tire herself out, then we would go rock in the rocking chair and she would fall asleep. I think the last time I had to do that to her she was about 4,. Now this kid is probably to big for his mom to do that, sooo maybe she needs to invest in a straight jacket to help him restrain himselfuntil he can calm down enough to use his words to express frustration instead of phyically acting out.

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    BForJuvCor

    about 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    Kid had a weapon...in a populated classroom with many potential victims in close poximity i say the police were justified in spraying the boy. Mom should be happy that is as far as it went. Heaven forbid he stab someone or attack the plice officers and get shot. Glad to see mom's concern is that of the supposed wrongful actions of the officers and nothing to the fact that her son was threatening people with a weapon. I have had 8 and 9 yearolds come in for armed robbery for holding a knife to an individual, age is not a factor.

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