If you’ve not heard, an eight year old boy was pepper sprayed recently in Colorado. Check out the article and one video interview of the tyke here.
Below, you’ll see a clip with some other information as well. Give that a look see as well.
Can you make a leap and guess what my opinion on this one is? Yeah…good job by the cops on scene. The teachers had barricaded themselves. The kid threatened them with a sharp instrument and has a history of “behavioral issues” at school. Here’s an interesting aside…the school this kid goes to is in the Columbine school system. Think they’re a little sensitive to threats on school grounds? Justifiably so, I might add.
So, here’s an 82 lb. kid wielding a sharpened piece of wood trim. According to mom, the cops have been called on this kid twice before and they “talked him down”. Unfortunately, no other information was provided about those two previous incidents. Think it’s safe to assume they didn’t involve him wielding a weapon? Yeah, me too. And yes…I said weapon. All kinds of everyday items can be used as weapons, people. Don’t be so naive.
Well, why didn’t the cops disarm the kid physically using what one blogger (that I will refrain from demeaning….only barely) referred to as their “crime fighting skills learned in the academy”? This could only be written by someone who has no clue as to what training actually occurs in your average police academy. It’s called pain compliance. We’re not friggin’ ninjas, everybody. Most of us don’t know karate (that’s pronounced Kar-rah-TEY, of course) and have a very limited well from which to pull.
They’re aren’t any classes about disarming a child in the academy. On the other hand, there are classes about disarming people. None of them involve being overly kind. So, Mr. Blogger, along with those that agree, what you are saying is you wanted the cops to hurt this kid. Don’t bother to argue…this is what your ignorance buys you.
You know what else? We’re not required to put ourselves in a situation in which we can get ourselves hurt. What?!?! MC, that’s just crazy! You’re a police officer and are paid to do just that, aren’t you? Well, yes…and no. What I mean by that is we are trained to handle things in such a way as to limit and, hopefully, reduce possible injuries to all involved. That includes the officer(s), suspect(s), and the witness(es). We have a number of tools at our disposal. We are allowed to use whatever force is necessary to effect an arrest and overcome any resistance offered.
For example, an officer can’t shoot someone who is verbally abusive; however, if articulated properly (the person becomes physically threatening/combative, etc.), an officer may be able to use physical force and/or chemical force to gain compliance.
Let’s take a look at this kid. According to all the reading/viewing I’ve done on this story, the kid threatened staff saying, “I’m going to kill you” while holding an implement that could have made good on that threat. He was certainly a threat to other students. The kid admitted in an interview to “making something sharp”.
He was apparently frightening enough for staff to call the police and subsequently barricade themselves. What did mom have to say about her darling child? She said he’s a “normal 8 year old”. Mom said the kid doesn’t have any issues at home (where I’m sure he doesn’t ride rough shod all over her…please note the sarcasm here) or anywhere else. His issues only seem to manifest at school. You know, where’s there’s structure. Huh.
Want to hear something else that is frightening? The kids said, “I’ve got anger things. It’s just who I am. It’s never going to go away.” Look for wingless flies, limping cats, and dogs that growl at this kid when he comes near. Get that kid into therapy.
You know what I’d like to see? This will totally shock you. How’s about some responsibility from mom? Instead of her mollycoddling (thanks, Dad) this little brat and subsequently society doing the same, why not teach him some consequences to his behavior? You think there was ADD, ADHD, insert-excuse-for-why-you’re-kid-is-a-pain-in-the-ass-here medications 50 years ago? Nope. You know what there was, though? Parents who weren’t afraid to hand out some justice and *gasp* a swat or two when it’s called for.
Let’s recap. The cops deescalated the situation with minimal injuries (pepper spray hurts, but it won’t result in a visit to the doctor for stitches, casts, and/or pain med). No one got hurt and little Johnny is no longer at the same school. He’s now enrolled at a school for kids with “emotional issues”. I hope he gets the help and therapy he needs. In my personal and professional opinion, I don’t think he’s gonna get the structure he so very desperately needs at home.
And just as an aside, mainstream media, can you get your facts straight regarding the chemical agent used, please? One outlet reported it as “mace” and others as “pepper spray”. What’s the big deal, you ask? Here’s the big deal…I’ve been exposed to both. I’d rather gargle with mace than ever be hit with pepper spray again. Yes, the difference is (almost) that great.