Friday, 14 December, 2018

9-Year-Old's Speech Leads to Lifting Colorado Town's Snowball Ban

Colorado town overturns ban on snowball fights thanks to 9-year-old boy 9-Year-Old Leads The Charge In Changing ‘Illegal Snowballs’ Law
Deanna Wagner | 06 December, 2018, 14:00

And I said, "I'm not going to fight to change the law. If you feel this is something you want changed, let's take the steps and see if it's something you can do,"' Brooke told Good Morning America. 10-5-80, that said, "It is unlawful for any person to throw or shoot any stone or any other missile upon or at any person, animal, building, tree or other public or private property; or at or against any vehicle or equipment design for the transportation of persons or property". Kyle Rietkerk, the assistant to the Severance town administrator, told the newspaper that staffers often mention the snowball ban to young visitors.

"All of the kids always get blown away that it's illegal to have snowball fights in Severance", Rietkerk said.

"So, what ends up happening is [town leaders] always encourage the kids with, "You have the power you can change the law".

And after Monday night's success, his four-year-old brother Dax had better watch out.

"I thought it was insane", Dane Best said. He began by writing letters with his classmates asking the board to consider lifting the ban.

Best's presentation lasted three minutes.

"The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world", he said in asking the board to repeal an ordinance prohibiting snowball fights that, per Fox 31, dates back to the 1920s.

Speaking in front of a crowd of residents and media, Best told town trustees that because of the almost 100-year-old ban, which classified snowballs as a type of missile, he couldn't throw a snowball without worrying about breaking the law, or getting into trouble.

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Sqn Ldr Waghorn, a senior engineer who works on Typhoon jets, said: "To have such high profile visitors coming to say thank you is a real honour".

"Today's kids need reasons to play outside", he told the town council.

Although he faced hard questions from the board-including: "Can we amend this ordinance to say that if you're over 60, no one can throw a snowball at you?"-officials were impressed with the boy's performance and agreed to repeal the ban".

Best satisfied other, more serious, questions, agreeing with the board that kids should not throw snowballs with rocks in them - and that they should not target windows.

Board members voted unanimously to lift the ban.

Dane Best, 9, made it his mission to change Severance's outdated law to exempt snowballs just in time for Christmas, and on Monday night he succeeded.

Dane's family said they are proud to see their son take the initiative to make a change.

"I thought it was insane", Best told Fox 31 Denver. Because his grandpa couldn't'.

"He has a pet guinea pig and he keeps telling us he's breaking the law by having it", Brooke Best said.