Mom of Knife-Wielding Teen Shot by Cop Says Son 'May Never Have a Chance to Learn From His Mistakes'
Cheryl Pitchford's son Logan is in critical condition after the shooting.
The heartbroken mother of the high school student who was shot by a police officer as the teen brandished two knives on the campus has struggled to come to grips with what happened to her son.
“My son's in a hospital bed right now," Cheryl Pitchford told Inside Edition. "And I know that he's only 14 years old.”
Her son, Logan Clark, remains in a coma after the incident, when the Nevada teen was shot by the cop at Hug High School in Reno earlier this month.
“I don't care what anybody says, he may never even have a chance to learn from his mistakes. Or mature out of this stage of life, into being a man. The man took that from him. A grown man took it from him. I just feel like it wasn't the answer to the situation,” the distraught mother said.
The drama at the high school was captured on shocking cell phone video and seen around the country.
The emotional mother told Inside Edition: “I won't even watch [the video]. I did scream when somebody showed me the end of it. It was really, really, really hard. I won’t watch it, no.”
She is calling for officers to carry non-lethal weapons like Tasers and pepper spray.
“I know that I wouldn't shoot a 14-year-old kid if I worked at a school. I think they should be specially trained. I think they should carry Tasers, I think they should have an alternative way,” she said.
On Thursday, Logan’s father told the Today show that his son had been bullied at the school and in the video he can be seen bleeding from the mouth, supposedly after an older student slugged him.
Authorities insist the shooting was justified and that Logan ignored repeated commands to drop the two knives.
Demick La Flamme, whose son is Logan’s close friend, told Inside Edition that the teen is "a good kid."
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