Boy, 9, Gets Town's Snowball Fight Ban Lifted

Dane Best

A 9-year-old boy has convinced the leaders of a small northern Colorado town to overturn a almost century-old ban on snowball fights, and he already knows who his first target will be - his little brother.

Dane's mother, Brooke Best, told The Greeley Tribune her son had been talking about snowballs since he found out about a month-and-a-half ago that it was illegal to throw them within town limits.

Board members voted unanimously to lift the ban.

Dane Best says he took up the cause on behalf of his friends and classmates. "Because his grandpa couldn't".

Town officials said the ban was part of a much larger ordinance that prohibited people from throwing objects classified as missiles, which included snowballs and stones, the news agency reports. 'I want to be able to throw a snowball without getting in trouble'.

Best also provided the board with letters written by his classmates who supported his motion to repeal the law.

"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.

Minutes after the decision, Best and his little brother wasted no time enjoying their newfound freedom, going outside for an impromptu snowball fight and, in the process, tossing the first "legal" snowballs in Severance history. Kyle Rietkerk, the assistant to the Severance town administrator, told the newspaper that staffers often mention the snowball ban to young visitors.

"The law was created many years ago", added Best, who wore a pink shirt and bow tie for his moment in the civic spotlight.

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.

9-year-old Dane Best speaks in defense of snowballs at the Severance Town Council, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Mayor Don McLeod then gave Dane the honor of throwing the first legal snowball in Severance.

"Today's kids need reasons to play outside", Best said, according to member station Colorado Public Radio.

"We are proud of him for taking initiative to make some change, no matter how small it may be", Derrick Best, Dane's father, told CBS Denver. He immediately pointed to his 4-year-old brother, Dax.

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

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