And quickly chose his first goal – his younger brother.

Dane Best. AP Photo
Dane Best. AP Photo

The authorities of the small town of Severans in Colorado lifted the ban on fighting snowballs. A nine-year-old schoolboy, Dane Best, got rid of the restrictions.

Dane found out about the ban about 1.5 months ago. For almost 100 years, the ban was contained in a decree that prohibited throwing stones and other projectiles at people and their property, for example, cars. Snowballs also fell under this definition.

The first mentions of Severans refer to the 1920s. That is, the ban on playing snowballs was almost as old as the city itself.

The boy considered the ban unjust and collected letters from classmates who took his side. Then Dane spent almost a month preparing the presentation and spoke to the city council.

Children of Severans want to be able to play snowballs, like children in the rest of the world. The law appeared many years ago, and today children need a reason to play outside the home.

Dane best
nine-year student from the USA

Local children and their parents came to the meeting, having heard about Best from the news. Dane presented the arguments and successfully answered questions from officials.

Dane Best in Severance City Council. Photo Greeley Tribune
Dane Best in Severance City Council. Photo Greeley Tribune

The authorities of Severans unanimously supported the boy, but nevertheless they advised to remind their peers to observe the security measures. After the ban was lifted, officials asked Best who he would throw the first snowball at. He pointed to a younger brother.

Best’s parents told reporters that they are proud that their son takes the initiative, “no matter how small the changes are.”

The boy plans to continue to change the legislation, including softening the law, which classifies only cats and dogs as pets, and also permits keeping no more than three pets at home. The fact is that he has a guinea pig.