Police in Lakewood, Colorado had to deal with a stressful situation February 22. A person holding a sharp piece of wood tried to stab officers while making a threat that he wanted to kill them.
The only problem was that the person was an 8-year-old boy.
The Associated Press reports that police had to pepper-spray Aidan Elliott twice at Glennon Heights Elementary School after he refused to drop a piece of wooden wall trim that he tried to stab them with.
Police told reporters that pepper-spraying the boy was the safest option available.
The boy's mother said that she wants Lakewood police to receive special training in dealing with children. The boy was enrolled in a special program at the school for children with behavioral problems.
She said that her son has had outbursts in the past but has responded well to mediation.
The boy made the rounds of morning talk shows such as NBC's "Today" show and ABC's "Good Morning America" where he admitted that he wanted to "whack" them with the piece of wood.
When he was asked on "Good Morning America" whether he meant what he said when he told police he wanted to kill them, his reply was "A little."
There's no word on what kind of punishment the boy received. The article mentions that he has since transferred to another school.
Based on the information presented in the article, would you agree with the method Lakewood police used?