published Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Police pepper-spray misbehaving boy, 8

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — 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.

about Associated Press...

The Associated Press

Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
dao1980 said...

That is absolutely hilarious!

Pepper spray the little brat indeed. ha!

April 6, 2011 at 8:36 a.m.
jdodd said...

Really? If he was mine, he'd of had that hind end whipped!

April 6, 2011 at 8:46 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Well if the mom would take some responsibility in raising the child PROPERLY which includes, yes, DISCIPLING YOUR BRAT, then possibly pepper spray may not be all that necessary. THE POLICE NEED SPECIAL TRAINING IN DEALING WITH CHILDREN?!? Your child wanted to make a SHARP OBJECT TO STAB THEM WITH CAUSE HE WAS MAD AT THEM!!! I think Children Services needs to get involved and check out the freakin mom in this story to make sure she understands that every now and then, you are going to have to spank poor lil Aiden...Makes me sick...

April 6, 2011 at 8:49 a.m.
ceeweed said...

Might as well get exposed to a little pepper spray now as this will not be the last time little Aidan gets a taste of it. Schools have been given the task of dealing with "behavior problems" in children. Teachers have to be nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and police officers.....I can only imagine what his mama is going to be saying, the next time she gets air time, when her little Aidan again spins out of control.

April 6, 2011 at 9 a.m.
LibDem said...

It's wonderful that Mom can get ABC and NBC airtime. She must be quite proud. I'm sure she has the kid's best interests at heart.

April 6, 2011 at 9:47 a.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...


April 6, 2011 at 10:14 a.m.
user_name said...

Agreed! To hell with the pepper spray...taser that little bastard!!

April 6, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

"It's wonderful that Mom can get ABC and NBC airtime. She must be quite proud. I'm sure she has the kid's best interests at heart."

You can't be serious, please tell me this comment is dripping with disdain sarcasm?! I'm not sure what interest she has at heart, but her parenting skills are obvious and on full display through out this story, but for some reason that is not the issue or topic that is brought out. I'm glad the sprayed him, just a taste of whats to come in the future for the lil brat. What could the mom possibly be proud of!?!?

April 6, 2011 at 11:22 a.m.
ncgirl said...

This is not necessarily a case of bad parenting. The child obviously has behavior issues, which could be caused by an autism spectrum disorder. Out of control tantrums can be a part of this diagnosis, and if the child is already in special classes, he need to be evaluated for ASD. One in 110 children in this country are affected - 1 in 70 males.

April 6, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.
concerned1766 said...

I continued to be shock. She even stated he only does this at school. I am sure that is because at home he gets whatever he wants. Instead of filing a suit against school and police, she should be accountable for her 8 year olds violent behavior. I say he got what he needed and should remember this before he "gets angry" again. What about the other poor 8 year olds who had to witness this at such a young age. If they would have tried to restrain him she would still be pist. BAD PARENT!

April 6, 2011 at 1:22 p.m.
Leaf said...

It's amazing how some people can diagnose complex problems and boil them down to a one-sentence pronouncement. Broaden your minds a little. Not every problem with a child is caused by bad parenting. Sometimes children are born with behavioral problems, just as some of them are born smart or cute or autistic.

April 6, 2011 at 2:17 p.m.
bludiamond said...

Wow, its no wonder Chattanooga is in the state its in with the violence. The mother even stated the child had behavior issues and was supposed to be in a special program at the school that this happened at. No 8yr old should be peppered spray, EVER! What is wrong with you all?
I don't care if he did have a stick or a chair,it wasnt a gun and he's 8! If its not a behavior issue and he just needs a good old fashioned whooping, so be it, but he didnt deserve that and there should have been an adult on the force who could have handled this with some common sense. I hope the mother decides to file a suit against that department, because that was a cowardly act.

April 6, 2011 at 2:37 p.m.
klm2375 said...

"This is not necessarily a case of bad parenting. The child obviously has behavior issues, which could be caused by an autism spectrum disorder. Out of control tantrums can be a part of this diagnosis, and if the child is already in special classes, he need to be evaluated for ASD. One in 110 children in this country are affected - 1 in 70 males."

Ok... as a teacher of children on the autism spectrum, I can tell you my opinion... does not appear to show characteristics of ASD. Besides his behavior.... there were no other markers. He was extremely verbal. He was able to interact with someone interviewing him. He did not exhibit any stereotyped or repetetive mannerisms.

If you noticed, the mom said all he wants to do is play video games??? And guess what... that's not exactly parenting. He doesn't have ANY behaviors at home? Well is he allowed to do whatever he wants?

I appreciate the above post knowing SOME of the signs of ASD, but just because a child has behavior issues does not mean they automatically fall somewhere on the autism spectrum.

April 6, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
BOOBOO99 said...

I see why Chattanooga has a lot domestic violence in family home by reading a lot of these comments a parent that believe tazing kids shouldnt have kids..This is called child abuse. This kid could have adhd or other mental problems. tazing or pepper spraying a 8 yr old is a form of child abuse. This Police officer should be arrested and charged for trying mistreat a 8 yr old boy for his own pleasure..because that would be the reason an adult would do this is because they hate kids...The kids are the future.If i was the judge this cop should get mandatory jail time for his assault on the child. 10 years behind bars would about right for this dirtbag they call an police officer..The police are to protect and serve the people not assault them.

April 7, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.
jiminhixson said...

I agree with everyone else. The kid had it coming. Even he said he "kind of deserved it". Yes, kids ARE our future. That is why if you let them run free and do whatever they want with no consequences like BOOB thinks we should do, We have no future.

August 11, 2011 at 9 a.m.
elkhart007 said...

Wow, beat the piss out of the kid, mace him, taser him? That's everybodies answer? Blame the mom, beat the mom? None of these solve anything. Getting the police involved wasn't the wisest idea either. Now the kid will be afraid of the police instead of respecting them. The school failed him. It's supposed to be staffed with teachers who are able to deal with these kind of things. And all you people who gripe about all the roles a teacher represents, get off it. Everyone in a family plays multiple roles in a household. So don't act like it's some difficult thing or that we're asking too much of them. It's their job, they picked it because they wanted to be a teacher, they obviously didn't get into it for the money. Similar to social workers.

Kids should listen when you raise your tone or threaten some action because they respect you, not because they fear you. If your kids fear you, you've failed.

August 16, 2011 at 8:52 a.m.
please login to post a comment

Other National Articles

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »


Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.