Suspended from school for five days in zero tolerance madness
Instead of preventing or dealing with actual crime, a police officer in Chicago decided to arrest a thirteen year old boy and charge him with “aggravated battery to a peace officer” after he allegedly threw a snowball in the officer’s general direction.
Crime: Throwing snowballs is no longer tolerated in the new America.
According to The Chicago Times, the cop reported that the dangerous icy projectile hit him in the arm while he was sitting in a marked squad car close to the boy’s school.
The eighth grader claims, however, that he didn’t throw the snowball, and that someone else in the group of around 15 kids was the real culprit.
“It made me mad,” said the boy, who will face a felony charge in juvenile court. “He (the officer) said the snowball hit him but it hit the car, not him.” the boy added.
“He kept trying to tell the officer that he didn’t do it but they didn’t believe him,” the boy’s mother said. “He was standing on the corner, there was a whole crowd of kids. It’s so crazy.”
“It’s sad, he’s only 13. I’m so upset, he’s never been in trouble before,” the mother added. “It’s his first case.”
In addition to being arrested, the boy has also been suspended from school for five days, under zero tolerance rules. The incident may be marked on his permanent record.
The report notes that the boy was singled out by his school’s dean and a nearby security guard. Neither would give any comment.
Some local residents are appalled at the ridiculous police action and have called for the charges to be dropped.
“I think that’s ridiculous — it’s such a big charge,” said Latanya Powell, a construction worker on the block where the incident occurred. “It’s just going overboard. I can see if it were a weapon and harm was done, but it was just a snowball. This is a case of kids being kids.”
Yet others are advocating making an example of the boy. “If [the boy] had gotten away with it, who’s to say what they’d do next? If it doesn’t stick to them now, they’ll be 16 or 17, and they’ll have a gun,” said Ray Fields, an educator and resident.
“If we as parents and educators don’t teach them right from wrong, then what are we teaching them?” Fields added.
The boy is lucky to have gotten away with a simple arrest, if previous cases of this kind of heinous crime are anything to go by. In a New York case settled earlier this month, five teenage boys were rewarded hundreds of thousands of dollars after a cop pulled his gun on them for throwing a snowball at him, before arresting and charging them.