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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.’

  • Littlegirltongue_max50


    over 3 years ago


    there was no hate embedded in this kid - there is no Asberger's snydrome - this kid is clearly - already a sociopath

  • Newpatch_sq90_max50


    over 3 years ago


    It worked and no one got hurt, including the little guy. It was a good lesson for him, and next time an officer even pulls his cap-stun out, I'll bet the little guy complies right away. This is exactly why we carry the stuff on our duty belts. I would also guess there were plenty of warnings prior to the officer using the spray. Age has nothing to do with this situation. This little guy probably has some mental issues, but I would bet he still knows right from wrong. He just needs to learn how to deal with stress and anger issues, even at his young age. Sorry he had to go through this, but that's the way it is in the real world, and he has to learn how to deal with things the right way. It doesn't sound like mom knows how to handle him very well. She would never win a lawsuit like this in court. Guess she will find that out herself.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    @ keepyourpower,

    I respect the fact that you were a police officer and and sorry you had to deal with those type of behaviors as a female police officer, but your opening up a different can of worms here. Today on the beat is not like it was when you were a police officer. Its not PEACE, LOVE, and HAPPINESS anymore. Sure, everyone has the right to voice an opinion, that is what the ammendment constitutes, but if you dont mind me asking, how long ago were you on the street? Where did you work? What Police Academy did you attend?

    Your right, it does require thinking about a situation, but I have to say our training does take over, I mean isnt that what training is for? To help us use our heads in difficult situations?

    Im sorry but if I have any man or woman or child coming at me in a threatening manner, with a weapon, then im gonna use my "gadgets" to save my life!

    Im a Taser Instructor, and we are very very well trained on how to use and what kind of situations to use our Tasers in. I dont have time to ask the subject to please hold and timeout while I ask him a 40 question medical summary of any possible heart problems. If he or she is coming at me, and it is in my dept policy to use that Taser, Im gonna cycle the suspect twice. BY GOD, I WILL GO HOME AT NIGHT!!

    Im sorry, and I do respect all opinions, but I dont have time to sit down, take your advice and think it over because of your wisdom that you have "gained over the years" . I have to protect myself on a daily basis, and if I have to pepper spray, taser, or shoot anyone that means, and causes harm to me, then I will damn sure do what I gotta do. Its not what wisdom you have learned, its what KEEPS YOU ALIVE!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Nowadays we're trained to use secondary means to take down subjects. This article is no unlike the elderly woman that was tased. These tools we're given are to make the subject compliant and submissive without risk of physical injury. There are questions when using both a taser and oc spray that should go through the officers mind, questions like do they have heart problems or do they have asthma respectively. However, generally that is how we're trained to handle situations today. Not to overpower and apply an arm bar on the child. If this was a full grown man would this article be so controversial? These tools we're given are supposed to minimize the risk to the officers that are using them. Our technologies today allow us to apply methods in situations that have never been used before. I'm sure if these officers used physical force and the kid broke his arm in process, people would be asking why didn't they use tasers or oc spray. We can't win...

  • Newpatch_sq90_max50


    over 3 years ago


    It worked and no one got hurt, including the little guy. It was a good lesson for him, and next time an officer even pulls his cap-stun out, I'll bet the little guy complies right away. This is exactly why we carry the stuff on our duty belts. I would also guess there were plenty of warnings prior to the officer using the spray. Age has nothing to do with this situation.

  • Profile_max50


    over 3 years ago

    70 Comments was my opinion from being one of the first women in street police work. I had to work harder, think faster than my brother police officers, to stay on the force. I put up with sexual harassment, physical abuse and verbal abuse and death threats from the good ole boys...but I hung in there.

    I believe I have the right to voice my opinion. And I STILL think the tactics and "batman belts" you are given are a detriment to what a police officer is supposed to be.

    Good old police work using your brains..even in split seconds is more powerful than a tazer or pepper spray.

    Do you think that a large man spraying this little boy, will make him think more positively about police officers? Or will it make him hate the police even more. think like an 8 year old when you think about what I just wrote. It may embed ill will..hate..for the rest of his life.

    But...if he had been talked down...or surrounded to see he had no choice...and treated like a kid..that he is...would it have embedded hate in him? I don't believe so. Eventually, with psychological help, he could become a better person.

    In my opinion, police work has become too militaristic, and it should be a requirement for every police officer...young and old.. to take classes that will increase your integrity, character, and love of your fellow matter how badly that man performs in life.

    I see far too much narcissism in police officers today. And narcissism has become epidemic in this country over the last few decades. If you truly have never studied narcissism would behoove you to do so.
    I am not saying all officers are this way. There are some very good officers out there who have compassion. Who have integrity. Who have good character. But ...there are many out there that do not.

    Take what I have written. Sit down and think over it. I have gained wisdom in my old age..and I find today that the youth do not revere the wisdom of the elders like they did in the past. That is too bad!

    @beatcop49, I did not say "hurt him". With a show of force..surrounding the little can bet he would have thought twice about attacking one of the officers.

    In my opinion, using a spray or a tazer makes the officer look weak. And weak minded.
    If you did not have pepper spray and tazers....How would you have handled the situation?

    Guys and gals...don't RELY on your gadgets to get you through the day...rely on your MIND!

  • Th_detective_max50


    over 3 years ago


    NO FURTEHR WARNINGS.......if you post a personal attack, engage in a "PISSING MATCH", or post a sarcastic comment about posts being deleted YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE SANCTIONED. I have tried to keep a lid on this thread for the past few days but there are still a few of you who are not mature enough to deal with opposing opinions and resort to bullying and personal attacks. This WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. If you have an issue with a poster take it to a PM or report it to a Moderator. This is a PUBLIC SITE and is viewable by EVERYONE. The juvenile behavior exhibited by some in this thread is an insult to the Law Enforcement Community and will not continue here.
    Retleo (Moderator #8)

  • Dscf2012_max50


    over 3 years ago


    hummm ex cops don't usually judge others without having been there and they don't usually harp about how they would sue a police officer if they get the chance. I'm thinking there is something more to this story.

  • Profile_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I am with NYPTD12...I believe this could have been handled differently.
    I have questions for all of you who thought this was such a "good job".
    What if that had been YOUR SON ? What if he has a brain tumor? Would he not act this way?
    And then....What if you had not had pepper spray? How would you have handled it?

    Are there not enough physically fit officers to go into that room and surround him and take him down without pepper spray? Surround him...distract him..take that piece of trim away from him...sounds the sane way to do it to me!

    Or are you afraid to get your uniform dirty?

    My goodness! No matter how many times the school has called you....does it take spraying him to get him down? I doubt it!

    Just remember...he could have been YOUR kid!

    I am a 60 year old veteran police officer. We DID NOT have pepper spray. We had a gun, a stick...which we were trained to use...and our minds....that was it! What happened to COMPASSION?

    I believe police work was more humane when we did not have pepper spray and tazers.

    If I am ever tazed...which I doubt will ever happen...but If I am...I will sue, sue, sue! I am disabled with a bum ticker...IF I survived..I would sue....

    Have you ever thought about that? What if that child...or anyone you taze...has a bad heart. They surely do not wear a sign on their chest saying ..Watch out! I have a bad heart!

    Nope! Today's police work is not the police work of yore. Too bad!
    And I believe the tactics you use now, are one of the reasons many citizens hate you.
    Sorry to be so blunt...but that is how it is!

    I still respect police officers...until they cross the line.

    I know, first hand, you have a very dangerous job....I respect that...but an 8 year old? Come on!!!

    Dullaghan2002...there is always hope for a kid so young. Whether it is a physical medical condition or mental...there is hope for this kid...let's hope he gets the medical or mental help he needs and his mother takes parenting classes.

  • 17may29-just-chillin_max50


    over 3 years ago


    As a peace officer myself, I would have done the same thing to this kid. He is a nice example of a common criminal in the making thanks to his mom wanting to pacify him and blame the cops because they employed necessary force to subdue a violent kid. I would bet this kid has never been appropriately disciplined for bad behavior; he needs a good whooping and someone who will teach him respect.

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    over 3 years ago


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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Ok, for 1) My Daddy & Momma would have whooped my ass acting like that at school, regardless of any problems I might be having. 2) Watching the interview, does it sound like the kid was coached into saying the things he did on tv? To me FOR SURE!!, 3) Momma needs her ass in a discipline management group for children. Obviously, there is some ignoring of the child going on, and since daddy isnt around, mom just lets him get away with anything at home, so she doesnt have to deal with him, and his anger issues, and this obviously is leading to inappropriate behavior at school. (NOT MOTHER OF THE YEAR) He is a spolied brat, and didnt get what he wanted.. UGH, I can tell you that I have 3 children, and was a single parent for years, but so help me, if my children acted out, stomped their foot once on the floor, talks back to me in a disrespecting manner, called names, or used anything that presents itself as a weapon, regardless if it was a stick, shoe, or even a tonka toy, OH BOY, I am down their throat in less than .01 second, and I dont care who sees or hears me. These parents need to take control and not let their kids walk all over them. If I hollar at one of my kids and the word (what) comes out of their mouth, oh no, bad choice for them, they come right away. Its not hard to train and teach your child how to act at school, or at home, or at any other place in a public view. To the mother of this 7 year old boy " YOU NEED SOME DISCIPLINE TOO'

    Thats probably all I should say. I feel my temp rising with the situation!


  • Images_7a8ec2bec1e1bf7f38b54b52a8c9c453_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Prayers for that little guy! Lots of help for him and anyone dealing with him. Don't think a little spray is excessive.

  • Homer_nytp_max50


    over 3 years ago


    @ theshieldman2000, You got it all wrong on too many fronts. I did not complain nor was I offended by your name calling. I expected it. I am moving on. Have a nice day.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Great Job Officers! Mommy wants to sue so she can buy a treadmill or a pool for Aidan. She will probably buy him a .22 rifle that he may use next time he gets upset. We need a license to drive but not for kids. We need more accountability. We will definately read about this trouble sick kid sometime in the future.

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