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13-Year-Old Gets Arrested for Throwing a Snowball​

Posted by on Feb. 24, 2014 at 1:04 PM
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13-Year-Old Gets Arrested for Throwing a Snowball​

by Jenny Erikson

Teenagers do dumb things sometimes. But it doesn’t necessarily mean they should face felony charges for stupid pranks. A 13-year-old boy was recently arrested and taken into custody for throwing a snowball at a Chicago police officer. He’s being charged as a juvenile for “aggravated battery to a peace officer,” which is a felony.

The boy says that he was misidentified from a group of kids, and he wasn’t the one that threw the snowball. He also said that it didn’t hit the cop, but only the marked vehicle in which the cop was sitting.

"It made me mad," said the eighth-grader. “He (the officer) said the snowball hit him but it hit the car, not him."

The teen was standing in a group of about 15 kids after school on Wednesday when the frozen projectile was launched. The dean of the school and a security guard both singled him out as the perpetrator of the prank. According to his mom, the kid kept saying he didn’t do it, but they didn’t believe him.

Whether he threw the snowball or not, this over-the-top punishment is ridiculous. Should kids be throwing snowballs at law enforcement officials? Absolutely not. But it’s not a felony-level offense in my book. I’m thinking this kid probably just needed a stern talking to, and had his parents notified.

This is his first arrest. He has no record to speak of, and has never been associated with any gang.

The school went overboard too, in my opinion, by suspending him for five days. Dean Lenard Robertson only said, “I have absolutely no comment,” when asked about the situation.

Maybe if this kid had a history of bad behavior. Maybe if he had been openly defiant and/or threatening to the cop. Maybe if it had been a rock instead of a snowball. But given the circumstances as they’ve been reported, this seems like total overkill.

Do you think throwing a snowball at cop car should be a felony charge?

by on Feb. 24, 2014 at 1:04 PM
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atlmom2
by Susie on Feb. 24, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Why would a kid be so dumb as to throw a snowball at the police officer, or the car?  Kids seem to get dumber instead of smarter sometime.  SMH

cybcm
by Bronze Member on Feb. 24, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Slow crime day?

PosinourHarmony
by on Feb. 25, 2014 at 2:58 AM
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Got arrested for throwing a snowball at a cop....or the car? The snowball must've broken his arm right. Smh! That's dumb! It's a snowball for crying out loud. Was their rocks in it? Or some anthrax or something?

tcallisto
by Member on Feb. 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM
It seems a little extreme to charge him with a felony. Even if it was a bad judgement call on the teens part, kids do stupid stuff all the time. I agree he shouldn't have done it, but aren't their real criminals and problems to deal with?
wakymom
by Silver Member on Feb. 25, 2014 at 4:26 PM

 That seems a bit much to me. If this is accurate and the kid has no history of serious misbehavior, a warning, or maybe just a trip to the police station to have a parent pick him up would've been enough, imo.

 

 

 

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