Unable to sleep during nap time, and made to step into the hallway until he could stop crying, the cranky 4-year-old lashed out in a classroom at The Family Development Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
â€œI am going to go shoot all my friends!â€ he said, according to a written account that the day care center provided the boyâ€™s parents after the July 22 tantrum.
In three years at the center, Kyle had reported for fighting over toys, not staying still at nap time and running when he was supposed to be walking.
The father of an 8-year-old boy, MacGowan thinks it’s normal for little boys to run around and be up when adults want them to be quiet.
When I was a kid, we rode our bikes without helmets and our skateboards without kneepads, and climbed trees and fell out of them in our neighborâ€™s yard. Nothing was said other than â€œOh, are you OK?â€ We got angry with each other and made silly threats (â€Iâ€™m gonna hit you so hard your grandkids are gonna cryâ€), and had fights, many times where one of us or â€” more usually â€” both of us ended up with bloody noses, scrapes, and bruises. But the next day, sometimes in the next ten minutes, we were back to being friends.
I just read Howard Buten’s When I Was Five, I Killed Myself, which features an eight-year-old boy who frequently expresses the desire to kill people and things he dislikes. He also “socks” other boys for teasing him. It’s an odd book (very popular in France) about an odd kid, but his wish to “kill” is considered quite normal.