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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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    drfsmom_30

    over 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    If my 7 year old daughter ever tried that once she would never do it twice. I noticed the little boy could sit down. My Daughter would not be able to when I got done. Everyone is so worried about CHILD ABUSE but you can SPANK your child without beating them and if their bottom side hurts a little and they don't want to sit down that IS NOT abuse that is PUNISHMENT. Children need to be taught to respect people nowadays.

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    36TR

    over 3 years ago

    7642 Comments

    Wow. You gotta watch the associated videos!! Mom says "They treated him like a common criminal". Ummmm, when you threaten people, tear up property that's not yours and disrupt a school environment, that would be the definition of a crime. Those who perpetrate a crime are known as criminals. Age doesn't matter. Mother needs to take some responsibility for her son's actions. The son is taking responsibility better than his mother!!

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    36TR

    over 3 years ago

    7642 Comments

    Throwing a TV, spitting at the teachers, breaking up the classroom, threatening to "stab the teachers". Hmmm. I think he needs to sit in the corner for a time-out! Yeah, that will work. Give the Mother a time-out!! Wonder what she would say if the kid got tazed!!!

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    bluelinefarms

    over 3 years ago

    310 Comments

    guess the kid will think twice before breaking things, ive had 8 year olds come to jail for assualt and battery with a deadly weapon, so just because he is young doesnt mean he is immune from hurting someone.

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    DonnaLynn

    over 3 years ago

    10636 Comments

    Bump BigNTS. What happened to disciplining your children... We are reaping what we sow with our children. All this enabling and coddling is producing these children... what a bright future we have to look forward to. Someone needs to whip that mom's A$$ too!

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    DC748

    over 3 years ago

    68 Comments

    My wife and I just adopted (3) sibling girls 8,10 & 13. They had been in the Texas System for 3 years. They had really been trained in the art if system use. They had been told they had some issues, however we have worked through them and they now know they had been given false information. At nearly 63 with 43 years in the field and my 51 year old wife who is a Court Reporter, we have seen and heard it all , so the excusses really don't go far as to bad manners or disrespect of others as well as each other. We have all seen these type children grow into our problems later in life. The next step would be riding the lightning. I took the girls to a Gun Show like all good Dads do, a few weeks ago and they jumped at the sound of the Tazers going off. I told them that maybe a Shock Collar would be a good tool in our house....they laughed and hugged me but they really never know what I might do. When we left they wanted to go to lunch and I pulled into a local Academy store, then Leann my middle child asked what I needed there as we had just left the Gun Show, I told her I needed to look at something, my youngest Savannah, sat up tall and told Leann " I BET HE IS GOING TO LOOK AT SHOCK COLLERS ",I WAS LAUGHING SO HARD on the inside... I SIMPLY TOOK THEM STRAIGHT TO LUNCH. FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN REALLY CAN BE REAL OR IMAGINED. Great Kids and a Blessing.

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    drfsmom_30

    over 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    I think the officers done what they felt was right . How many times does his mother think he should be "baby"? He's beginning to act like a common criminal. This is the third time. Isn't that repeat already?

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    JAG45

    over 3 years ago

    90 Comments

    I just saw this story on the Today show. It was the third time officers were called to handle the boy at the school. Mom, "They should have taken 10 minutes to talk him down, like the did the last two times. They should have sent out the special unit that handles this, they were only 10 minutes away." On the third call to the same people you know some "Bad" is going to happen and most of a the time someone is going to jail.

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Bump BigNTS.

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    corylovesandrea

    over 3 years ago

    6222 Comments

    All too common of a story nowadays. Bump BigNTS...

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    tootall2041

    over 3 years ago

    80 Comments

    "I'm sure what he was doing wasn't right... but he's eight years old." - nice going "Mom" And the comment; "I got anger things." This kid has been told that his "issues" are everybody's problems but his. Smack that little brat, get him the help he needs, and start teaching him that his actions have reactions and consequences.

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    BigNTS

    over 3 years ago

    6840 Comments

    This kid's got a bright future ahead of him. Can you say "enabling mother"? If I behaved that way in school the police would be the least of my worries! They would have to get passed my mother first and only to keep me from getting the whipping I deserved.

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