Police pepper-spray 8 year-old boy

Posted on: April 6, 2011

Is this excessive behavior from the police or the right decision? In Lakewood, Colorado an 8-year-old boy threw a temper tantrum in a classroom back in February. This is what he did: he was climbing on a cart and spitting at teachers, he broke wood trim off the walls and was trying to stab teachers with it. The boy admits that he did this because he was so mad at them. He said he was going to try to “whack” them with the stick.

In addition, he was holding what looked like a sharpened one foot stick and he screamed, “get away from me you f—ers.”  The principal called police and when the police showed up they asked him to drop the stick but the boy refused to do so. That is when the police pepper sprayed him twice until he dropped the piece of wood. The police then handcuffed the boy and took him away from the classroom.

A child behavioral expert says he is observing a trend of young children becoming more violent, influenced by the Internet, TV and video games. This should be a wakeup call to parents because he claims that schools will be seeing more and more of these types of episodes. He also said that the police handled the situation appropriately.

Even the boy agreed that he deserved what he got, but he’s only 8-years-old. His mother doesn’t agree and said that the police should have handled the situation differently. You see, this wasn’t the first time that the police saw this boy. The police were called about her son twice before to the school. But the first two times the police were able to talk to her son and calm him down.

Of course the police department said that they had to diffuse the situation and pepper-spraying the boy was the right choice. At least they didn’t taser him! (Don’t tase me bro!) The teachers in the school barricaded themselves in their classroom during the incident and appeared to be afraid of the actions of this 8-year-old boy.

The boy is seeking mental health help for anger management – reminds you of the meltdown Meatloaf had on the last Celebrity Apprentice show.

However, what I think is that this little boy needs a good spanking from his mother, be grounded for at least one month and lots and lots of chores to do around the house. But then, I would be considered a bad mother and be charged with child abuse. That is the problem today. Parents have to show their children who the adult is and not be afraid of some type of corporal punishment.

You make the call – should the police have talked this boy out of the situation or pepper sprayed him to diffuse the situation?


2 Responses to "Police pepper-spray 8 year-old boy"

This boy suffers from Oppostional Defiant Disorder which can be very dangerous and often leads to Conduct disorder which is often criminal in nature. The mother needs to get a clue. Pepper spraying the kid was the right thing to do, is not damaging and is a very stong negative reinforcer for the kid.

Blessings on you and yours
John Wilder

Yes, this is just the beginning of a criminal life for the boy. He does need help for his problem and maybe so does Mom. She needs to do more parenting with the boy. As my grandmother used to say, your child can be the greatest person in the world or the greatest con man/criminal in the world, it all depends on how you raise your child. Thanks for your input.

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