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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.’

  • Joe_portrait_max50


    over 3 years ago


    and he's only 8 !!! Let's see what happens by the time he is 18 !!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Here's an idea for you mom, START RAISING YOUR KID RIGHT... everything is everyone's fault but your own in this country. Its getting to be ridiculous

  • Sparkle_girl_max50


    over 3 years ago


    >>>`His mother, Mandy, is criticizing the police for what she considers excessive force, and for treating her young son ‘like a common criminal.<<<
    Well, well..does this ever bring back memories! NO mom, they weren't treating him like a common criminal, but, he WILL end up one if YOU continue to uphold the little tyrant in this kind of behavior! Gosh, I dreaded going in some days when this type of child was in the classroom! Sorry...but, it's the truth! Even the child admitted he had anger problems and they weren't going to go away. I would like to hide for one day in their home and see just how he behaves there. The kid does this to get his way and it works!

  • Crater_lake_2009_3_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Maybe if they did that 2 times ago they wouldnt been expected to take time out of their busy schedule to baby sit and talk an 8 year old "down" omgracious. Officers have more to do than baby sit. LOL retired.

  • Draped_badge_max50


    over 3 years ago


    what's mom bitching about he got what he deserved..Are the officers supposed to get hurt in the process. Are they supposed to wrestle the kid and hurt him?? I hate people that know better than we do,,,after all we are trained and deal with crap on a regular basis. Maybe if she slapped little Aiden up side the head a couple of times he would behave better//

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Let see - Mom what did you want the police to do - walk right up to him and let him stap one of them with the piece of wood first? This is the third time the police have been called on him at the school - why is he still in school? Should have been suspended. What happens if the TV that he threw would have hit one of the treachers or one of the other 8 year olds and severely hurt or kill them. Face it Mom your kid needs help and if you or the doctor you are taking him to doesn't think so - find another doctor before he really hurts or kills someone or himself

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    It's a gray area but only if you're thinking about things from his perspective. In true LE spirit, one of the key considerations is maintaining the peace and keeping as many law abiding citizens safe. The Aidan may only seem like a footnote to a grown adult or a LE officer, but if he starts waving that same piece of broken wood at my 9 year old, there is an entirely new set of criteria that I am going to consider. Copzmom makes the accurate point that he is entirely aware of what he is doing and has provided a pretty good self-psycho-analysis of where his life cards are going to lie. It's a bit abstract, but I have been wrestling A LOT lately with the issue of relative "maturity" and when our young people cross the line into being a menace to the rest of us. Is it possible that maturity somehow is measured not by one's age, but where one may exist on the scale of what he/she will become in this lifetime? I know it's abstract but I've got no where else to go. If the man Aidan is destined to be is a 13 year old who kills another because he flies into a rage, and he is quite aware of the risk of his possible life trajectory at the age of 8, then it's possible that he is already mature enough... for what I keep asking myself? Well, at least mature enough for me to want him to be contained in a way that he won't stab my 9 year old. I don't know the answer to his questions. I just know that I expect him to be out of circulation around other people his age, and I expect fellow LE to act appropriately. Bottom line: I don't see any question that the officer in this case was anything but 100% warranted in protecting the teachers, classmates and himself.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Okay, I sat and took several slow, deep breaths before responding to this one again; I have already on one or another of the forums I subscribe to, but this one bears repeating. I sure agree with lawmantukes' comment not too far down the list here. The kid is totally aware of his inappropriateness and gives a glimpse into his future with his "It's who I am...." Mom, IMHO, is enabling a little ...uh...patronized, enabled kid who needs a more effective method of parenting and a healthier environment. I'm not implying that his mother doesn't care or 'try.' She's obviously not in charge; he is. I think the police officers' response was entirely appropriate to the circumstances. Unless someone is able to get this kid under control and adjust his way of responding to his environment and stops letting him make the parameters, he will grow up (or at least get older and someone prevent his 'growing up' by ending his life) and become a dangerous adult. The likelihood of a kid with his attitude and acting out attaining adulthood is questionable in my view because society in general will not tolerate that kind of behavior and the "wrong people" will snuff him out if he tries it on them or in their presence. This sort of behavior on a minimal scale was enough to put me off from pediatric nursing; I enjoyed taking care of sick and injured children, but I disliked taking care of half-well kids who acted like this to a less acute degree. I would not work in a job where I had to deal with this sort of misbehavior unless I had chosen to work on a psych unit...where this lad will end up at some point, if he's lucky, unless he and Mom get some good intervention and are both taught a healthier way to be a child and a parent. Cops did good., she'd better open her eyes wider and start seeing the realities.

  • Lady_jessie_max50


    over 3 years ago


    (This is the third posting of this message. Date: 4-13-11)



    1. LEO's: Make sure as you contemplate on this event and your posting, do not allow yourself to be caught up in 'contempt of cop'. It doesn't have any bearing on professional law enforcement.

    2. Non-sworn: Your comments are always welcome. However, if you find your comment diametrically opposed to a general LEO perspective, double think it before you post. It's OK to have a different opinion. None of us want cookie cutter comments. Just be able to somehow reasonably back up your statement(s). You, too, can be caught up in 'contempt of police' just because whatever.

    3. I will not offer an opinion here. I am hanging around to give Retleo a little break from monitoring an article that has over 13,000 page views. It's a good article about an event that needs your feedback. Someone's career or kid's safety may depend on it.

    Thanks for the excellent moderating by Retleo. Nothing wrong about being passionate or opinionated but finesse, moxy and decorum will play well. Disguising a face-palm, LEO-slam or other in-your-face comment might get the big red handle.

    Thanks. Carry on.

  • Mourning_badge_max50


    over 3 years ago


    "Spare the rod and spoil the child". If this boy had been disciplined correctly during his first eight years, he might have reacted differently when confronted with authority figures like the teachers and police. He is apparently used to getting away with outburst like this one and his Mother just reinforces the bad behavior by blaming the police because they used a little pepper spray. Get used to it; it’s going to happen repeatedly unless you (Mom) start doing something now.

    I have five (5) children and have always used physical punishment when they intentionally misbehaved. The oldest three (3) are adults now and each one has come to me over the years and told me they never got a spanking that they didn't deserve and the threat of physical discipline is all that kept them from doing a lot of things that would have meant bigger trouble.

    I have a Mother and Father that made the rules and then enforced them by using physical punishment and out of all the spankings I received (and there were many) I never got one I didn't deserve either. That discipline or the threat of discipline is probably the main reason I am driving a police car instead of riding in the back of one.

    This kid needed physical discipline years ago and apparently the mother needs some training on how to correctly discipline her son. If she does not start now, we will be handling him more and more often in the future. If he is this bold with authority figures at this age, can you imagine what he will be like as a teenager and then a young adult.

  • 2008_masonic_coin_max50


    over 3 years ago


    When my son started getting to "spanking age" (I know it's subjective), I was quick to paddle. I will give credit to his mom (my ex) for wanting me to try other methods. I agreed but never ruled out corporal punishment. He's turned out great.

    However, if he was so unruly that he had to get pepper sprayed, I would have to rethink the non corporal approach.

    I'm pretty sure my folks would not have thought there was an option, I would have had my backside busted.

    I have no doubt this child has issues, but sometimes when the actor encounters extremely unpleasant consequences, it can alter behavior. I bet that if there is a next time and he sees the pepper spray, he may think different.

    If it were my boy, he would not have received much sympathy from me. But then again, I think that's why he turned out ok. He's a LEO in Missouri. He's also my hero.

  • Fantasy_warrior-200310-sm_max50


    over 3 years ago


    So if they went into the room and rushed him, throwing him on the they would get slapped in the face with excessive force as well. No win situation there. Good Job guys, my hats off to you and the command staff that is standing behind you all.
    Lets balme everyone but the real problem here......a true blame others society is what we have become.

  • Me_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This kid needs a good old fashing a** beating, jerked out of public school, sent to a reform school until he can interact with others NORMALLY.

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 3 years ago


    "Bump" copper380....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    that guy needs some help sounds like he crazy . I wouldnt have been scared of the police if I would have done that growingup i would be scared of my old man lol ...poore little crazy guy.

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