For nearly a century, it has been illegal to throw a snowball in a small Colorado town.
That is, until a young boy has decided to convince the town officials to repeal the law.
This is almost like the plot of Footloose!
Except with snow.
And less dancing...
And the kids convince the town...
OK, it's nothing like Footloose.
Anyway, watch the video here.
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When 9-year-old, Dane Best, found out snowball fights were technically illegal in his little town of Severance, CO, he became obsessed with the law.
"I think it's an outdated law. I want to be able to throw a snowball without getting in trouble."
This started a month and a half ago, on a field trip to town hall, where the town officials explained that there's an ordinance that bans throwing stones or missiles at people. Snowballs fall under the 'missiles' category.
It's a surprising thing to learn, to say the least.
@BBCWorld The right to keep and bear snowballs shall not be infringed!— College Fatness (@College Fatness) 1543929997.0
@BBCWorld Now that makes sense ban snowballs as missiles but guns hey no problem— Rick Cook (@Rick Cook) 1543930195.0
@CBSNews What kind of cruel people ban snowball fights?— Druw (@Druw) 1543926833.0
@NPR Ok but who threw a snowball so fast that it got classified as a missile 100 years ago?— EgoNonFele🐈 (@EgoNonFele🐈) 1543968940.0
@NPR The law may have been imposed because older "kids" often put rocks in their snowballs. Back in the 60s a coup… https://t.co/T2XLMwQNRm— Terry Cobb (@Terry Cobb) 1543969015.0
While the rule isn't really enforced, town officials have tried to use it as a teaching tool, and encouraged kids to try and get it changed. In four years, no one has.
At least, no one until Dane heard about it.
"We didn't know that, at his age, he could even have a voice in the community,"
Dane's mother, Brooke Best said:
"So that's been pretty cool."
Throughout the process Dane has been learning about how his city government works, and other laws on the books. For instance, he discovered the town only considers cats and dogs pets, making his pet guinea pig illegal as well.
These unenforced laws might be a good way to get kids interested in their local government.
@BBCWorld What a great story! And what a great way for this kid to learn about our country’s government. Who know’s… https://t.co/8WnzsQd03A— Amy Lauren Strange (@Amy Lauren Strange) 1543930258.0
@BBCWorld Brilliant! Kudos to the community for supporting his right to challenge the ban.— veeontherock (@veeontherock) 1543938005.0
@NPR Can we make this kid president? He already makes more sense than the guy holding office now...— Sara Reusze (@Sara Reusze) 1543972942.0
@CBSNews He should run for mayor, then governor and then president.— Resisting in Newport (@Resisting in Newport) 1543926389.0
This all culminated in a town meeting where Dane gave a speech and slideshow to implore the town leaders to overturn the law.
"I am here today to hopefully change the law about throwing snowballs,"
"Sounds like you just changed the law!" 9-year-old Dane Best argued his case for making snowballs legal to the tow… https://t.co/h6Umz0ufs7— ABC News (@ABC News) 1543964925.0
He goes on to cite the number of children in the town who don't agree with the law, as well as research about exercise needed for children.
The vote was unanimously in agreement with Dane.
"Sounds like you just changed the law!"
It was an outcome everyone could cheer for.
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@CBSNews This is a great story— Lillys News (@Lillys News) 1543938300.0
@NPR Yes! This kid is stoked!— Jeff Justice (@Jeff Justice) 1543968669.0
@BBCWorld He's simply the best.— 🇬🇧Carl Adams🇬🇧 (@🇬🇧Carl Adams🇬🇧) 1543930004.0
@BBCWorld This kid is the hero of the day— Anthony (@Anthony) 1543931631.0
@CBSNews https://t.co/XBn3bNVVEV— Toonsis the Driving Cat (@Toonsis the Driving Cat) 1543926647.0
Afterward, Dane was allowed to throw the first legal snowball since the town's founding.