8-Year-Old Pepper-Sprayed By Police At Colorado Elementary School After Throwing Tantrum

8-Year-Old Pepper-Sprayed By Police At Colorado Elementary School After Throwing Tantrum – Washington Post

The mother of an 8-year-old boy pepper-sprayed by suburban Denver police as he threw a violent tantrum at his elementary school said Wednesday that she wishes authorities had chosen to talk him down instead.

Police in Lakewood say they pepper-sprayed 8-year-old Aidan Elliott twice Feb. 22 at Glennon Heights Elementary School after he refused to drop a piece of wooden wall trim that he was trying to stab them with.

“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.”


His mother, Mandy, said she wants police in Lakewood to get special training in dealing with children. She said her son has a history of behavioral problems and has responded to rationalization in previous outbursts.

“I don’t think a child should get pepper sprayed,” the woman said.

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.”

The mother said her son was in a special program for children with behavioral problems. He has since transferred to another school.

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5 thoughts on “8-Year-Old Pepper-Sprayed By Police At Colorado Elementary School After Throwing Tantrum”

  1. Pepper spray? That might not be a bad idea… I have an 8 and 5 year old.. And if you’ve seen them throw fits…

    Just saying, that’s all.

    1. I prefer to use chemical mace on prepubescent children… it tends to linger in their memories longer.

  2. Seem to remember using a tub full of ice water…

    First thing this mother should do is have her child tested for food allergies, THEN read John Rosemond’s book “Parenting the Strong-Willed Child.” Too many people believe the child rules, and parents completely abdicate their responsibilities. It’s why they even go so far as letting Uncle Sam be the Nanny and Provider.


  3. I have a child like Aiden, and know how bad “tantrums” with an emotionally disabled child can be, so from my point of view the police did nothing wrong. I do think, however, that the mother needs to bring him to a doctor for this on a more regular basis and admit the he needs to try several medications before giving up. It has taken us years of therapy, and many medication changes to find the right fit, but now our son is in a “regular” class at school instead of a “special” class, and has been doing wonderful!

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