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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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    Doug987

    over 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    So true CAZ, I wouldve had the wooden spoon swatting my butt!!!

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    CAZ

    over 3 years ago

    1428 Comments

    I dont know about anyone else who has posted a comment but my Mom would not have been on TV she would have been beating me for the way I acted and then made me apologize to the LEO for being stupid.

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    aussie4

    over 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    As always, those who do the job understand how things are in real time, arm chair qb's dont. The KID said he sharpened a stick to hurt them, enough said, spray him now so we dont have to needle him later.

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    Bury

    over 3 years ago

    1342 Comments

    Bah, ha, ha, ha!!!

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    copper380

    over 3 years ago

    2026 Comments

    by the kids own statements I believe he knows right from wrong and is acting out because he gets away with it. Mom is allowing him to get away with it and supports him in his actions by putting down the police. This is only going to make the kid MORE BOLD and increase the level of "bad" behavior next time. If you let a kid get away with something they will naturally push a little further next time to see how far he/she can go before they are snatched back. Even if he has a mental problem, what.....let him go because he has a mental problem.....I do not think so. people with mental problems need to be restrained all the time, especially if there is a threat to others and the situation needs to be stopped quickly. The officers did an awsome job ending the situation without anyone getting hurt. Why do people think a child or old person are not able to kill a cop? when we underestimate the person we are dealing with cops die!!! no matter what the age os of the suspect. Why do people think we should risk our lives more than we already do because we are dealing with a child, elderly or mentally ill person? Cops have families that we want to go home to also. Apply the minimum force necessary to accomplish the task at hand..........pepper spray against a armed child with a pointed piece of wood........sounds like minimum to me!!!

    Besides.......it is not our job to diagnose or treat........we do take chances with our lives to benefit society as a whole (that others are not able, equipped or willing to take) and are there to end dangerous situations the best we can without causing harm to anyone.....even the suspect. Imagine if the officers would have gone hands on and one officer was injured or killed, then those that believe these officers were excessive can go tell the spouse and children of the dead officer and explaine how the officer did not use any of the tools availible to them because they were dealing with a eight year old child that has a mental problem and was armed because people like you want to believe they can tell us how to handle situations when they were not even there...............deep breath........

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 3 years ago

    6976 Comments

    mericlejr... While I do appreciate your fatherhood and goodwill gestures towards your methods and opinions on how to raise a troubled child, I think that in this particular case involving this kid, being patient while administering timeouts and a good talking too, probably would not have worked. And I don't think that we are passing judgement as we are basicly stating the obvious. This was an emergency and a matter of safety, where the protection of all those involved to include the kid was paramount. And in my opinion, the only option open to bring this dangerous and threating ordeal to an end, was to use that force necessary to do so.. And as another suggested, the Officers performed their duty in the most reasonable and safe manner opened to them.

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    jack_wo1

    over 3 years ago

    52 Comments

    Have him 'fixed' before he becomes another Jeffrey Krier. Mandy is obviously having problems raising her son. Where is the father?.

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    terrym1164

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Sounds like a trip to the ole wood shed is well over due

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    TXPeaceOfficer85

    over 3 years ago

    320 Comments

    A "common criminal"....well ma'am....it sounds like he is and he got what was deserved....

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    constable43

    over 3 years ago

    188 Comments

    A.D.D.

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    droid117

    over 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    what ever happened to beating kids when they stepped out of line? i can recall a few times that i ran my mouth or yelled at my parents and man did i get a spanking. Kids these days watch way too much TV and never get enough outside time. If you ask me, i think this mother needs to look at what he son does on a daily basis, include his activities.

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    MelanieATurner

    over 3 years ago

    396 Comments

    Get control of your kid. If he acts like that in school, then he shouldn't be allowed to attend school. Not only are the teachers at risk of this kid but the other students too.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    yikes can we say incompetent mother!!!?!?!??!?!?

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    mericlejr

    over 3 years ago

    228 Comments

    Agree with Janus, there should have been another way,to resolve the situation .. I myself have an adopted 9 year old who also acts out in ways that make him uncotroling at times.. At times the only way to reason with him is to isoalate him from everyone untill he can be reasoned with..If he wer to be maced, or oced it would probaly send him into a blind rage,doing more damage than good..As for blaming the parent,my wife can only do so much do to the laws and those technics dont work with an old schooled abused child .It is very hard to show love to someone who has never been shown anything but anger..My wife cant work because she might be called to interact with him at school..On his behalf , at the age of 4 mnths he had 4 healing fractures.. So befor we pass judgement on all children or thier parents. Lets remember that not all are the same..

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    TearsofPower

    over 3 years ago

    198 Comments

    This kid doesn't need to be diagonsed, he has already done that for everyone out there. They need to just figure out if he is bi-polar or some other mental issue and get him help... The kid saying " I have some anger things and I don't think they're ever going away" should be a wake up call to everyone...That is the scary part to me... The mother should be embarrassed for drawing this attention to her and her family. Get the kid some help before he ends up killing someone...

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