Boy overturns Colorado town's ban on snowball fights

Elias Hubbard
December 6, 2018

A nine-year-old boy from a small, wintry town in Colorado was able to throw his first (legal) snowball at his younger brother after he convinced council leaders to repeal a almost century-old ban on snowball fights.

"I was proud to watch his journey", Brooke Best, Dane's mother, said.

His arguments won over the board, which unanimously voted to tweak the ordinance to allow snowball fights. "I want to be able to throw a snowball without getting in trouble".

During a three-minute presentation to officials, he said: "The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world".

Although the town is still waiting for snow, Dane said plans are already underway for a big town snowball fight as soon as the time is right. Snowballs fell under the town's definition of "missiles".

Kyle Rietkerk, assistant to the Severance town administrator, said the rule was part of a larger ordinance that made it illegal to throw or shoot stones or missiles at people, animals, buildings, trees, any other public or private property or vehicles.

But thanks to the efforts of 9-year-old Dane Best, kids of all ages may now legally lob snowballs at one another within city limits.

"It doesn't matter how old you are to have a voice in your town", he said. He and his classmates wrote letters in support to their council members.

Further bolstering his position, Dane presented the board members with 20 letters from his classmates, urging officials to overturn the almost century-old ban.

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