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

Colorado town overturns ban on snowball fights thanks to 9-year-old boy

Colorado town overturns ban on snowball fights thanks to 9-year-old boy

Under the current definition, that includes snowballs.

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

Dane spent about two months researching the subject and spoke to town administrators, who suggested he come to the November meeting of the town council.

Range View Elementary School third-grader Dane Best sits on the lap of his mother, Brooke Best, during a town board meeting where he presented his argument to change a law in Severance that bans snowball fights on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at the Town Hall in Severance, Colo.

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.

On Monday, members of the board listened to Dane's presentation and voted unanimously to lift the ban. "Kids want to have snowball fights without breaking the law - kids want to have a voice in our town".

Dane Best says he took up the cause on behalf of his friends and classmates.

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.

And after Monday night's success, his 4-year-old brother Dax had better watch out.

"The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world", Best argued, according to to local newspaper The Greeley Tribune.

Dane began writing letters with his classmates in support of overturning the ban and even circulated a petition. "Little kids should be allowed to throw snowballs at each other".

The board had its own questions for the snowball-fight enthusiast. "She called the town hall and then she told me I had to make a speech", he explained to CBS Denver. He then worked with Mayor Don McLeod and his parents to figure out exactly what steps needed to be taken to amend the ban on snowballs from the ordinance. Because his grandpa couldn't'.

According to town policy, you can only have three cats or dogs total. Under the ordinance, Best's pet guinea pig is illegal in the town.