Didnt we already do this story or was that the kid that got tased? Say what you want...but it is a lot less physically damaging to pepper spray an out of control 8 year old than it is to physically subdue him. The pepper spray will have no long term effects and the kids desire to put up a fight will get zapped quick fast and in a hurry. Step in and physically subdue him and you will likely leave bruises, cause joint damage or worse. We have similar situations occur in the ER. A needle full of Ativan has a miraculous calming effect. Sure...a wicked hardcore swat to the ass or a bucket of ice water would do the trick as well...but then that would be labelled abuse too. MOST kids dont become that way over night. They get that way through a pattern of ignored or excused behavior. Its ALWAYS a bitch when someone else has to step in.