An 8 year old child out of control, spitting, wrecking, and disconsolate at school, was brought into control by a dousing of pepper spray.
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 wouldn’t, evidently, respond to requests and the cops had to bring the stand off to a conclusion.
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.’
I’m sure destroying property and endangering others and threatening to kill them (!) is ok with him, but his eyes getting stung was an offensive and undeserved punishment so far as he was concerned.
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.’
Well there’s the problem. He acted like a common criminal! He spat on people!!! That’s assault, miss. And he threw a tv. And he brandished a weapon. He threatened murder! Those are the acts of a criminal. But dear mom, she just thinks it’s all terrible. She probably let’s him do as he pleases at home, the little precious, so of course he acts that way at school.
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.
Let’s face it people, the kid’s a brat. Being pepper sprayed is hardly the worst thing that this little criminal in training is going to experience in his life. And the misery he has already brought to his school and his teachers and his neighbors will doubtless pale in comparison to what he will do later unless his mother get’s control of him. And where’s dad?
Do you know what the problem is with children today? Their parents (99.9% of the time). In this boy’s case the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one. But that’s always the case.
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.’
He should most certainly be removed from a home where he has not proper guidance and his anger issues need to be addressed by professionals because they are already out of hand and he is already out of control. If not, the next time he encounters the police it won’t be pepper spray it will be a taser or bullets that he experiences.
Finally, for those mennonites who will defend the child and his behavior, one question: would you think him grand and lovely and just misunderstood if he bashed your child with a tv or stabbed your spouse with a piece of wood?
UPDATE: They just had the kid on GMA and, honestly, he’s pleased with himself. Why’d he do it? ‘They didn’t let me do what I wanted to do…’ Who’s fault is it? ‘The teachers’. Did you mean it when you said you wanted to kill your teachers? ‘Yes, a little’.
And his mother is pleased too, and claiming that he’s only a problem at school and it’s the school’s fault. And why is school a problem? ‘Because it takes away part of my day from home’. If the cops had only talked to him it would all have been different. And still no dad. Where’s dad? Dad, where’d you go?
Good grief. Mom’s the problem, teaching him to make excuses and that it’s not his fault.