By almost any measure, 8 year old Aidan Elliot is a bad kid. Even he freely admits that he has anger issues and gets violent sometimes. But when he went on a rampage in his elementary school classroom, throwing desks around and threatening teachers with a stick, was it really necessary to have cops come in and repeatedly pepper spray him? He’s eight. Just take him down.
“He’s a child. There were two grown police officers and they didn’t even try to talk to him,” Aidan’s mom, Mandy Elliott, said in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “You talk to him and you find out what it is that’s bothering him as well. You don’t just walk in, ask him to stop and then spray.”
Aidan, however, says he understood the officers’ actions. “I kinda deserved it,” he told NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday. “I just get angry a lot.”
But the unusual confrontation, which took place Feb. 22 at Glennon Heights Elementary School in Lakewood, Colo., has some questioning whether police used excessive force. Elliott says she’s filing a complaint with the Police Department.
Lakewood police say they have no regrets and did their best to make sure no one was harmed in the classroom, where teachers were so afraid of Aidan that they had barricaded themselves in a closet.
“You’ve got teachers barricading themselves in a room. They are obviously frightened,” Lakewood Police spokesman Steve Davis told KUSA-TV. “I think they not only made the right choice, they made a great choice that day to use the pepper spray.”
Aidan’s mother said her son only gets upset at school and doesn’t experience the same kind of meltdowns at home with his family. The second-grader, who has since transferred to a different school, told ABC that school makes him uncomfortable and said he would rather be home with his mother.
When asked if he had intended to use the wall trim as a weapon and actually hurt his teachers, Aidan replied, “Um, kind of.”
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