I personally find it hard to believe that there wasn’t another way to diffuse the situation. As a parent of a child who rages, I’ve been trained by our therapist on how to handle these moments safely. When he was 8 years old, I was taught to put my son into a hold until he was able to calm himself down. I know from experience the situation is very scary, but these are police officers, you’d think they’d be able to handle an 8 year old without inflicting harm. The ironic thing is, if I sprayed my son with pepper-spray while he was violently raging (something I would never do), I would most likely be charged with child abuse and have my children taken away.
So, what are your thoughts? Would you be upset if this was your child?
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In the news:
Colorado Police Pepper-Spray Misbehaving Boy, 8 - ABC News