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Colorado 8 Year Old Pepper Sprayed

By Glinda

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I am usually the first one to defend police, as I’ve got policemen in my immediate family.


I’m trying to think why they thought using pepper spray on an 8 year old boy was appropriate.

The only thing I can think of is that they didn’t want to try to physically restrain him due to potential lawsuits, so they went down the dubious pepper spray road.

I’m also wondering if this child has been tested for possible disabilities? Supposedly he is in therapy, so the answer should be yes. Right?

In the video, I first thought that the police spokesperson was the lawyer for the boy’s family, and I thought he was being sarcastic when he mentioned they were “in fear of this 8 year old boy” or whatever similar sentence he said that I’m too lazy to go back and double check.

I’m just feeling like it is alternate universe day, for some reason.

3 Responses to “Colorado 8 Year Old Pepper Sprayed”

  1. marvel Says:

    I wonder if he has bipolar? Often undiagnosed in young kids, but possible. A bipolar child can get REALLY violent when angry–the pepper spray seems a bit much, but if he was totally out of control he could have seriously hurt himself or someone else. (Report says he had peeled wood trim off the wall, and the child stated he was looking for something sharp. This was the THIRD time the police had been called to the school for his violent temper tantrums.) The pepper spray didn’t cause any lasting harm, and ended the situation.

    Would I want my child pepper sprayed? Absolutely not. Would I let my child continue in a situation where the police are being called regularly because of his/her behavior? I would hope I would have other options!

    But really, if the officers can’t talk the kid down and the kid is going for sharp objects because he’s “so angry,” what are they supposed to do? Shoot him with a tranquilizer dart like a rampaging elephant? Tase him and possibly induce an arrhythmia? Lay hands on the kid and open themselves up to charges of assault? Lock him up by himself in the classroom until he’s calmed down, and risk that he injure himself while unattended? What are the alternatives?

  2. marpou Says:

    This is not bad parenting. It is bad teaching, and abuse by an officer. This is a little boy with a disability. He is emotionally/behaviorly impaired. It is physiological condition recognized by Federal and State Statute, and AMA and APA. (Can’t believe, or is it I am sad to recognize that not one reporter looked this up.) Under Federal and State Statute, these children are supposed to receive therapy and training to deal with thier issues. The schools recieve monies for it, the teachers are supposed to receive training and are paid for it. To get an idea, think of all the hormones, mood swings, and angst the average teenager goes through. Now pop those into the body of a little child who hasn’t had the ten years or so of learning to control himself. These people knew there was a problem, they just chose not to do thier job. I work in schools, and many of my friends are in law enforcement. The mom and son are not likeable, but it doesn’t change the fact that he did not receive the therapy and training that is supposed, by law, to be provided. He was abused. It’s no wonder these people had columbine. If they continue to treat children this way, they will have another.

  3. Glinda Says:

    No, you’re right in that they seemingly didn’t have any alternatives in this case, as almost any course of action opens them up for a lawsuit. Pepper spray was probably the best course of action, I was just saddened that it had devolved to the point where they had to use the pepper spray on a second grader.

    And as a follow-up, the boy has apparently been moved to a school which is better equipped to handle his outbursts.

    I just hope he gets some help, you know?

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