Boy hits target, convinces town to scrap snowball fight ban

9-year-old boy gets Colorado town to repeal its ban on snowball fights

9-year-old boy gets Colorado town to repeal its ban on snowball fights

A small northern Colorado town has lifted a ban on snowballs courtesy of 9-year-old Dane Best.

After Best fielded some tough questions from town officials, the Severance board voted unanimously to update the language and legalize snowballs. "The law was created many years ago. Today's kids need a reason to play outside".

"I think it's an outdated law", Best said. He then presented his case to the town council at their regular meeting.

"It included a slideshow with facts he had researched and letters from his third-grade classmates", Brooke Best told HuffPost on Tuesday. When board members asked Dane during a meeting in November who he wants to hit, he pointed directly at his little brother. 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".

Best worked with Mayor Don McLeod and his parents to figure out what steps needed to be taken in order to exempt snowballs from the ordinance.

He learned about the century-old law while on a field trip with his school to town hall and was completely shocked.

"All of the kids always get blown away that it's illegal to have snowball fights in Severance", Kyle Rietkerk, assistant to the town administrator, told the Tribune before Monday's meeting.

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

Brooke Best told HuffPost her son initially asked her to lead the charge to have the law changed.

"You can make any change and it doesn't require an age". "At first, I didn't know if he could, but figured if nothing else, it would be a good learning experience".

"It was insane", Best said.

That is, until Dane came along.

The boy got to have his first legal snowball fight immediately following the meeting. "He was pretty excited".

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

Dane and his family have researched other Severance ordinances, including one that defines pets only as cats and dogs.

"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. "He'll say, 'Well, it is an illegal pet, mom".

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