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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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    gammyland

    about 3 years ago

    438 Comments

    Kid probably thinks he's the victim now....... nice. Good lesson to learn.

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    KMueller

    about 3 years ago

    254 Comments

    It is sad that it has come to this that 8 yr olds aren't discplined enough from parent and or guardian But factual truth is 1) he is out of control already. 2) attempting to assault with a deadly weapon on a teacher 3) had LEO's called twice before 4) lucky it wasnt a tazer or bean bag 5) probably hasn't learned hhis lesson and will wind up in the system if his guardian doesn'tget professional help. 6) hopefully he will be forced to receive medical help for anger issues but I think this will only be the start for this juvenille delinquent

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    Chappellcl

    about 3 years ago

    28 Comments

    Totally justified. I have pepper sprayed kids when they were bashing each others head on the ground while holding onto each others hair. They stopped and let go. So too, did this little guy. Will a pointed piece of wood likely produce great bodily injury or death if stabbed accidentally or by intention into the correct place on the human body? The answer is yes. He already voiced his intent and is proven to be of a violent nature, so pepper spraying or even utilizing a tazer is a green light to me. The least amount of force necessary to gain compliance was utilized and he was taken into custody. Pepper spray washes off, so no real harm was done. Good use of force for sure!

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    dannypwarren

    about 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    Why do we not here what the teachers had to say from the news media? The child had made terroristic threats to harm Teachers who by the way are also public servants.The child has had the police called on him serveral times before and had been talked down before, however if the child wasn't willing to listen and obey the Officer's instructions, pepper spray was his best option to control the situation. Exessive force I don't think so. I let my kids see this video and asked their opinion, they are 11 & 8 years old and even they said yea pepper spray was the way to go.

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    Alexander_Ott

    about 3 years ago

    572 Comments

    Bump gwenad for the article link:
    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read.php?ps=1018&rip_id=%3CD9MEF5SO2%40news.ap.org%3E&_LT=MNEW_LARSDCCLM_UNEWS

    Also, I'm quite sure my pops would take that stick and break it over my head, then wash my mouth out with soap.

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    TheSarge

    about 3 years ago

    1452 Comments

    (This is the second posting of this message.)

    Greetings.

    Housekeeping:

    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 already has 11,000 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.

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    Robocop33

    about 3 years ago

    14600 Comments

    LEOs on the street are not normally privy to personal information of the suspect so they must act upon what little information they are able to gather at the time of the incident. This child was violent, made threats to seriously hurt and even kill his teachers or those that tried to stop him. He did have a violent history and was in a school for problem children. He was armed. He was dangerous. They used the best non-lethal method available to them to quickly disarm and stop this young child from hurting others or himself. Pepper spray while very uncomfortable does no harm. These Officers were completely correct in utilizing this tool in this circumstance. It is now up to the courts to determine what his fate is as well as his parent.

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    mpd_943

    about 3 years ago

    2486 Comments

    I hate that an 8 y/o child had to be pepper sprayed. Let us not lose sight of the fact that he was no complying with the officer's commands. This would have been far worse if the officer "went hands on" and physically hurt this child. At the end of the day everyone involved went home and peace was restored. Order was brought to chaos without serious injury...Mission Accomplished!

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    LanaNJ

    about 3 years ago

    6250 Comments

    Well I guess that rules me out from working in the school system. I wouldn't behinding at all, he would be hinding from my four inch strap! just saying.....

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    elevenzerosix

    about 3 years ago

    480 Comments

    wow- poor kid. Honestly I feel bad for it. I say it-- because obviously whatever chance it had to be human-- the mother and or father must have really abused the shit out of em to make such a monster at such an age. Put that little thing down before its too late.

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    delano388

    about 3 years ago

    4318 Comments

    Thanks Sarge and Retleo for keeping this under control. Well put JIMROC......
    Its obviously a very touchy subject. I think the bottom line is the punkass kid and his mom are the ones responsible for the actions taken. I think its very safe to say that the LEO's in Co will be dealing with this punk for years to come

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    kowa

    about 3 years ago

    578 Comments

    Two words "Job Security!"..........

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    keepyourpower

    about 3 years ago

    70 Comments

    I never said the mother and child were innocent, Goldglove. And I agree with MLmarino that they should remove the child from his mother. Single parenthood is very difficult today. If you do not have the qualities or the experience to handle children....it makes it even more difficult. I can only speak of what I read in the article. Since I commented yesterday, my sister filled me in on the Good Morning America debacle.

    But,yes, I have no love of officers using tasers or pepper spray, especially on the elderly and children. I can understand on larger, stronger perps...I have watched too many videos and read too many reports where the officers used NO intelligence when using the tasers! ie...the time the boy fell off a bridge onto the ground below...a bunch of officers showed up. Now I would think falling from a bridge onto the ground below..could truly hurt someone. Instead of checking the person for injury....all of the officers tased him because he would not obey their orders to get up. They said he resisted arrest.

    His back was broken. Try getting up with a broken back! Even if he were drunk...which he probably was...from what I remember...he could not have gotten up with a broken back!

    This is where compassion comes in....and obviously that number of officers had none for that young man.

    And when I was a police officer, I saw too many people beaten because of the color of their skin and much more. In my area, there is quite a bit of corruption in the law enforcement community.
    Maybe if I moved to another location...I might not have this nasty taste in my mouth. I don't know.
    I am being honest with you all here...as that is what I am....and I have paid for being honest many times over.
    I do not mean to make enemies...just trying to make my point.
    As I said before..I KNOW what you go through every day. It is a thankless job. But someone has to do it...right? I went into police work to actually help people and here is the reason why..... I had been assaulted by a man with a rusty kitchen knife ..in the middle of the day in a mall parking lot..I had to fight him off twice, as I was seated in my car, trying to close my door when he approached.....he finally gave up and got into his car and tried to run me over, after I surprised myself and went after HIM!...When the officer finally arrived 30 minutes later...he laughed in my face because the adrenalin had finally left me..and I had tears running down my face. That is when I made a promise to become a police officer and to NEVER be like him. That police department never found him. When I went to work for another...they hunted down the man and found him on the West Coast. He was brought back here and incarcerated for a second time..the first time..in Florida..for assaulting a woman the same way..except with a gun. But it was 2 years that he was out on the street probably assaulting other women. If I had not worked there as an officer...the guy probably would have never been tried in my state and put back where he belongs.
    So to the guy who said this..."There must be more to her story"...Yes there is..as noted.

    I work with other active duty police officers and federal agents as security for my church. I am only eyes and ears, since I am not capable of physically handling a perp. I don't hate police officers. I don't like how you younger guys and gals have been trained...that is it. I feel you are not getting all the training you need and deserve!
    And to those who were angry because I said I would sue...that is because I would never try to break the law...as I said...my honesty has made life difficult for me in the past...but I am not going to go down the wrong path for anyone!

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    bstarks

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Pinellas County Schools police in FL recently had an officer stabbed three times by an elementary school student. Excessive force? No way.

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    Goldglove

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Keepyourpower, with all due respect, I have to disagree with you on this one. The face that you are Monday morning quarterbacking this without being at the scene is not fair to the officer's and their actions. As a fellow officer, I never, and will say never, judge the actions of officers unless I have all the facts, from both sides, to form an educated opinion based on my experience and training. We all know that the media can paint a much different picture than what actually occurred. Normally, at least in the city I work for, it is played out in in the media in favor or the criminals, NOT the police. You say you would have talked the kid down, surrounded him. How do you know that wasn't discussed or even attempted? You, nor the rest of us, know the sequence of events that took place inside that classroom leading up to the OC spraying.

    Furthermore, you say that if you ever got tased you would "sue, sue, sue," because you have a heart condition. Just like Academygirl said, we don't have time nor does the situation deem it necessary to request medical clearance before using force on someone. Did you know that the Taser company has never lost a lawsuit? If the situation is justified in you being tased, why would you sue, because you have a heart condition? How are officers supposed to know? Bottom line, IT DOESN'T MATTER. Don't break the law, you will never have to worry about getting tased or sprayed. I don't get peoples rationale, they want to sue when they break the law and are apprehended for their actions in a completely justified manner. You should know, being prior LEO, that not everyone and every situation can be "talked down." These are NON LETHAL options. This was a deadly force situation if you simply look at the facts and take out the suspects age. You mentioned that people may have asthma or other medical conditions that could be affected by certain tools on our duty belts. Most officers, in my experience, do NOT like to use force and would rather end any situation by simply using verbal judo. The fact that you say you would sue sue sue is ludicrous. You make it sound as though OC spray and tasers should never be used and it is excessive force any and every time they are used. Policing now days is MUCH different than even 5 years ago! I can tell this with absolute certainty, any officer worth his salt ALWAYS thinks about the ramifications of their actions before using force. We are getting nailed with frivolous law suits daily, such as the one you are referring to when you say you would sue if you ever got tased. It's different if the use of force was not justified. In that case, go ahead and sue. Excessive force by officers makes us all look bad and we don't need, nor want, those officers, as they damage all officers integrity and a respect as a whole. That is not the case here based off of what I saw and read.

    What if officers did try and go hands on and injured him or got injured themselves? Then what would you be saying? I can't believe you are blaming the officers involved and not the kid or his mother. Don't judge unless you have ALL the facts, from both sides and non bias as possible, and/or were present for the situation. I respect and thank you for serving your city/county/state, as we all remain brothers and sisters in the fight against the bad guys, regardless of opinions on this matter.

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