Police pepper spray 8-year old

LAKEWOOD, CO (KAIT) - A 8-year old student at a Colorado school ends up getting pepper sprayed by police after a confrontation in a classroom.

According to a police report from the Lakewood Police Department, the student threw a violent temper tantrum in his classroom and even ripped pieces of wood off the walls.  When the student wouldn't drop the pieces of wood, police then pepper sprayed him.

Police spokesman Steve Davis justified the use of the pepper spray, saying "Our officers had to do something to diffuse the situation in a hurry before somebody got hurt."

The student's mom believes that while her son shouldn't have thrown the tantrum, he was also treated as a common criminal.

The boy is now seeing a doctor to help with anger issues and attending a school for kids with behavioral problems.

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