9-year-old convinces Colorado town to make snowball fights legal

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 6, 2018

On the final slide, Best wrote: "the children of Severance want the opportunity to have snowball fights like the rest of the world".

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. "Today's kids need a reason to play outside", he added in his three-minute presentation, the Greeley Tribune reported. The paper said the presentation included an audience of children and their parents, who cheered upon the ban's reversal. "Kids want to have snowball fights without breaking the law - kids want to have a voice in our town".

The rule, which town officials think had been around since the town's 1920 founding, is part of an ordinance that strictly forbid people from shooting or throwing missiles or stones at people, animals, trees or property.

"He's always been timid and bashful, so when he told me he was doing that, I said, 'Good for you Daners, ' especially at this age now, to be able to do that", Dane's grandfather Rick Best told the Greeley Tribune.

Afterward, Mayor Don McLeod met Best and other attendees outside, where he gave the boy the honor of throwing the first legal snowball within town limits. The second throw went to Best's younger brother Dax - whom Dane has identified as his preferred opponent. "He was pretty excited".

VIDEO 9-year-old gets Colorado town to lift snowball fight ban
9-year-old gets Colorado town to lift snowball fight ban

Kyle Rietkerk, assistant to the Severance town administrator, told the newspaper kids visiting Severance Town Hall on school field trips were always shocked to learn that it is illegal to throw a snowball. He subsequently began organizing a letter-writing campaign among his classmates, and also found several other archaic or unusual ordinances, including one that defines pets as only cats and dogs. Under the ordinance, Best's pet guinea pig is illegal in the town.

"Every year when the kiddos come to town hall, I point out little laws we have, and I challenge these third-graders to change them".

So with the help of his classmates, Best chose to take it upon himself to change the law.

"He's a little 9-year-old with big dreams", she said. "He definitely has courage and did this on his own, so no matter what path he takes this is definitely a learning experience and we're very proud".

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