9-Year-Old Leads The Charge In Changing ‘Illegal Snowballs’ Law

06 Décembre, 2018, 13:57 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Dane Best

After winning his argument, Dane was given the town's first legal snowball to throw in celebration.

The boy learned about the freaky law during a recent school field trip to the town hall.

Best's mother, Brooke Best, told The Greeley Tribune her son had first learned of the law, which forbids the throwing of stones or missles, in October.

"And, she told me I had to make a speech", Dane Best said.

"He did a brief little introduction about who he was and why he was there, then he went through his PowerPoint presentation and presented evidence to the board", he said. "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.

McLeod said the council meant to change the law to allow snowballs, while still prohibiting missiles.

"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".

In this Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, photograph, 9-year-old Dane Best poses in the council chambers in Severance, Colo.

The last time it snowed, Dane said he and his friends looked around for police and joked about breaking the law.

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After a month of preparation, during which he wrote letters with classmates to support his cause, Dane was primed to appeal to his audience's sense of history and the march of human progress.

On Dec. 3 Best, appeared before the town board to make his case with a slide show explaining why the outdated ordinance should be changed.

Best made a decision to challenge the town board after learning several weeks ago that it was illegal to throw a snowball in the town that is home to almost 5,000, the Greeley Tribune reported.

For almost 100 years, the winter pastime has been illegal in the northern Colorado town, but thanks to Best's efforts, that law is history.

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

"Following that he received a little plaque and a gift card that had to be used to buy a snowball maker", Rietkerk said.

Dane assured the board that he would never throw snowballs with rocks inside of them at anyone, and that he has never thrown a snowball at a window.

On Monday, members of the board listened to Dane's presentation and voted unanimously to lift the ban.

When Dane and his classmates visited town hall this fall on a field trip, McLeod pointed out that the law - although it's not enforced - would include throwing snowballs at people.

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