In court papers, church leaders say the danger is real. The Rev. Daniel Walz wrote in his petition for the restraining order that Adam — who already is more than 6 feet tall and weighs more than 225 pounds — has hit a child, has nearly knocked over elderly parishioners while bolting from his pew, has spit at people and has urinated in the church.
“His behavior at Mass is extremely disruptive and dangerous,” wrote Walz. “Adam is 13 and growing, so his behaviors grow increasingly difficult for his parents to manage.”
Carol Race said Walz’s claims are exaggerated.
“He’s never actually injured anyone,” she said. “He’s never knocked down anyone. He’s never urinated on anyone or spit on anyone.”
You see, she doesn’t say the priest is lying. **He says **that the boy **spit at people and urinated in the church. She says that he never actually spit on **anyone or **peed on **anyone. She also doesn’t say that he hasn’t hit anyone or almost knocked them down, just that he hasn’t injured anyone. See the difference? You could hit me or plow over me without actually injuring me.
The point is, while these things don’t frighten her family, as they know the boy and are accustomed to his ways, the general population would be frightened by such behavior.
And, I’d have a hard time accepting being spit at by her son, even if his aim is off…or hit, even if it didn’t cause injury.