What do you do when a 8-year old throws a tantrum? You start with time-out, scold him or even give him a light whack. But this Lakewood (Colorado) cop got so angry with a violet temper tantrum of an 8-year old second grader, Aidan , at Glennon Heights Elementary, that he sprayed him with pepper spray – not once but twice!
According to the 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.”
The report goes on to say Aidan, “was holding what looked like a sharpened one foot stick and he screamed, ‘Get away from me you f—ers.'”
Lakewood Police officers ordered the 8-year-old to “drop the stick.” When he refused, they sprayed him with pepper spray twice until he dropped the piece of wood and was handcuffed.
According to the police report, the boy was later treated on the scene for “a red, irritated face.”
The mother understand the problem but considers the pepper spray to be excessive. Cops had been called twice before to the school because of Adian, but were able to calm him down with talking.
Lakewood Police spokesman Steve Davis defended the officers use of pepper spray.
“You’ve got teachers barricading themselves in a room. They are obviously frightened,” Davis said. “I think they not only made the right choice, they made a great choice that day to use the pepper spray.”Source: www.9news.com
Currently Aidan is seeing a doctor and has been transferred to a school for children with behavioral issues. Interestingly, he admits to his anger issues.
“I wanted to make something sharp, like if they came out, ’cause i was so mad at them,” the boy said on NBC’s “Today” show. “I was going to try to whack them with it.”
Asked on ABC’s “Good Morning America” whether he meant it when he told police he wanted to kill them, the boy responded: “A little.”
Police say pepper-spraying the boy was the safest option.
“I kind of deserved it,” Aidan conceded to “Today.”Source: www.google.com
Was pepper spray a little too excessive? Yeah, but it was also wrong to keep him in normal school after knowing about the problem. He should have be taken into therapy after the first time.