Second-Grader Pepper Sprayed Following Classroom Tirade [Video]
LAKEWOOD, Colorado ---- Police in Colorado pepper sprayed a boy in the second grade following a tirade in which he damaged school property and threatened teachers and fellow students with a sharp piece of wood.
Aidan Elliot, 8, became enraged while at his Lakewood. Colorado elementary school on Feb.22 and began threatening, spiting and throwing chairs at students in his class. He also threw a television and threatened to kill his teachers.
When Lakewood police arrived at Glennon Heights Elementary, Elliot had broken off a piece of wood trim from the wall and held the sharp piece of wood like a knife while threatening teachers and students.
Teachers at the school barricaded themselves in a room away from the unruly student.
"I wanted to make something sharp if they came out because I was so mad at them," Aidan Elliot said in a police report. "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 fuckers.'"
Officers ordered Elliot to "drop the stick," and when he refused authorities sprayed him with pepper spray twice until he dropped the piece of wood.
A police spokesman said, they felt they had no option but use the pepper spray on him.
Aidan told local 9 News, ‘It burned my eyes, and I couldn’t see.’
He was then handcuffed and later treated on the scene for "a red, irritated face."
Mandy Elliott, Aidan’s mother believes the police could have handled the situation differently.
Police, who had encountered the bratty 8-year-old on two separate occasions in the past, were able to calm the boy down.
"I want them to get training like other local police departments in our area Mandy said Wednesday on NBC’s Today show.”I don't think its right for an eight-year-old to get pepper sprayed."
Tell us what you think, Did the Lakewood Police Department handle the situation correctly?