Snowball fights are one of the small joys offered by mother nature during this otherwise cold and unforgiving part of the year. Recently, though, this winter activity resulted in a felony battery charge when a 13-year-old unnamed boy in Chicago was accused of throwing a snowball at a local police officer.
The frosty incident occurred Wednesday afternoon when students were playing on the school’s playground, tossing snowballs at one another. That’s when a nearby police officer claims he was struck in the arm by a snowball pelted from a group of about a dozen students. Initially, he didn’t know who was responsible for the snowball pelting incident, but through some investigative research he was able to identify the culprit.
Both the school dean and security officer identified the 13-year-old boy as the snowball thrower, at which point the police offer charged him with a felony battery charge of assaulting a peace officer.
“It made me mad. He [the officer] said the snowball hit him but it hit the car, not him,” said the eighth grader who is charged with battery of a police officer.
Following the incident, the boy was placed in the backseat of the police cruiser and taken into custody on charges of felony assault on a peace officer. Since he’s under the age of 18, he was charged as a juvenile. The police later stated that the accused snowball thrower doesn’t have any gang affiliations.
To make matters worse the boy, the school also suspended him for five days. With the end of the school year coming fast approaching, five days are critical to the success of any student. However, the school was within its legal rights to suspend the boy given that both the dean and security officer identified him as the snowball-pelting culprit.
The 13-year-old boy’s mother said the following to reporters in regards to the snowball charge:
“He kept trying to tell the officer that he didn’t do it but they didn’t believe him. He was standing on the corner, there was a whole crowd of kids. It’s so crazy.“
Unfortunately, incidents such as this are all-too-common in today’s society. Back in 2010, a women in Washington D.C. was charged with a felony count of assault after tossing a snowball at a police officer.
What do you think about the 13-year-old boy’s felony snowball charge? Was it a bit too harsh?