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Students Charged With Felony Snowball Throwing

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the that's-one-big-snowball dept.

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Charles Gill and Ryan Knight are facing felony charges for allegedly throwing snow at a plow and an undercover police car. The pair were charged with throwing missiles at occupied vehicles. If convicted, the men face 1-5 years in prison, and a maximum $2,500 fine. In addition to the snowball throwers, a group making snow angels was detained, but no charges were filed.

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Wow... (0, Troll)

Uranium-238 (1586465) | more than 4 years ago | (#31087512)

Haha oh wow. Talk about over reactions from people with no sense of humour

Re:Wow... (1)

Scragglykat (1185337) | more than 4 years ago | (#31089026)

Casting magic missile at a cop is a serious offense! okay, I didn't RTFA or even the entire summary... but it sounded bad.

lethal sense of humor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31095228)

today it is frozen water, tomorrow it is rocks, both can kill and at 21yo you're old enough to know better

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31109164)

If you read the article and look at the police news release, the students were using shovels to throw snow at moving vehicles. They were obstructing the vision of drivers during a snowstorm, they deserve what they got.

Apparently they missed the memo (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31090138)

Step 1: Throw snowballs at cars.
Step 2: Run like hell!

If cops are responding to a "snowballs thrown" call, then they seriously must not have enough to do!

Re:Apparently they missed the memo (2, Insightful)

GooberToo (74388) | more than 4 years ago | (#31098772)

Wish I understood why people think its okay to throw "soft" objects are moving vehicles. I've had my front windshield shattered from a water balloon and almost wrecked on rain soaked roads. Snowballs can be an even worse projectile.

If more people would understand some very basic math, thew would never do such things. Any object with mass hitting a vehicle at speed creates the potential for serious damage or injury.

Snowballs can and do damage vehicles. The proper mindset is, if these kids have time and the desire to throw snowballs at moving vehicles, their community is lacking for activities to keep them out of trouble.

The police did the right thing. Now the snow angels, that's a different issue....

Re:Apparently they missed the memo (4, Funny)

jpstanle (1604059) | more than 4 years ago | (#31112440)

The proper mindset is, if these kids have time and the desire to throw snowballs at moving vehicles, their community is lacking for activities to keep them out of trouble.

I know! No wholesome community should have kids running around outside playing in the snow. They ought to be safe inside consuming approved media.

Re:Apparently they missed the memo (1)

GooberToo (74388) | more than 4 years ago | (#31114362)

Obviously throwing snowballs at each other is not entertainment enough if they need to throw them at cars. You're message is nasty and uninformed.

STFU: Your Lack of Intelligence is showing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31125508)

You said;

I know! No wholesome community should have kids running around outside playing in the snow. They ought to be safe inside consuming approved media.

The article said; the criminals were

two Virginia college students

. So it appears they weren't children. Yeah when I was a kid people used to also shove people's faces into the snow. Children also used to like to form a ring and push their friends around until they cried, all in the name of fun, and in the tradition of child's play and what adults called "socialization". Too bad it was always the "nice" people and the shy people who were victims of this play. I'd personally love to beat the shit out of people like you (just for play of course), but assholes like you always turn hypocritical at this point and start running for their parents, (or the police, when they get older).

Re:STFU: Your Lack of Intelligence is showing (1)

flyneye (84093) | more than 4 years ago | (#31127090)

Lol
        "" I'd personally love to beat the shit out of people like you (just for play of course), but assholes like you always turn hypocritical at this point and start running for their parents, (or the police, when they get older)." Said the anonymous coward.

          Bring it on badass, we'll tape you to a lamp post and pants you, then throw snowballs at your micro unit. I bet your mommy calls the cops.

         

Re:STFU: Your Lack of Intelligence is showing (1)

Kagetsuki (1620613) | more than 4 years ago | (#31141690)

Sounds like someone was teased as a kid and wasn't able to overcome it. "Meek" could be considered a form of "nice". There are a variety of sociological reasons behind teasing, and teasing can also be a form of positive socialization and an opportunity for improvement if the target of that teasing is emotionally stable enough. Particularly children without brothers or sisters end up having a hard time because they are inexperienced in dealing with social conflict. On the other hand children with many siblings will be prone to deal with teasing quite well. Generally children who remain calm and collected or take action that will not seriously escalate tension in the situation will be capable of diffusing it and avoiding negative future confrontations, whereas children who react poorly will be targeted repeatedly.

As a parent do your best to teach your children to remain calm, not to over-react, and to be capable of laughing at themselves. If your children are being teased over bad hygiene or not being able to keep up with the class then your child has problems that need to be remedied and not ignored.Of course no child will be completely capable of handling teasing in any immediate fashion, but each time they are teased they are also being offered an opportunity to overcome their own weaknesses and social barriers. If they are never capable of overcoming it they'll develop into an angry adult who posts emotionally frustrated comments on nerd news sites as AC like the parent poster here.

Re:STFU: Your Lack of Intelligence is showing (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#31163658)

Additionally, they weren't throwing snowballs - they were heaving shovels full of snow at cars during a snowstorm.

There were numerous complaints over 2 days.

People have enough distractions when they're driving.

Re:Apparently they missed the memo (1)

flyneye (84093) | more than 4 years ago | (#31127044)

For your understanding. The young have the immortal feeling of infinite entitlement.
In a small town, one drunk teenage summer night, we were having a roman candle/ bottle rocket fight in one of the public parks.
One of the local deputies dropped by to make sure we weren't having any fun. Upon his departure, Toby and Droop fired bottle rockets at the cruiser. One went up his tailpipe in an odds beating shot, the other, in his passenger side window where the report was compressed into a satisfying explosion. Too drunk to run, we sat around pretending to listen to the ass chewing and threats for the next 20 minutes. As there was not enough room in the cruiser for the 10 or so of us and said Barney Fife didn't feel like filling out that much paperwork, no one spent the night in jail . We obliged moving the battle.. to the streets in pickup trucks, firing from the beds at each other and more deserving citizens, being ever more watchful of the local constabulary.

Re:Apparently they missed the memo (1)

BLKMGK (34057) | more than 4 years ago | (#31143192)

Just exactly how fast was a snow PLOW likely to be going in inclement weather? For that matter an undercover police car was likely not moving too fast either considering the weather here on the East Coast brought us FEET of snow that totally overwhelmed snow removal services. a week later I'm still driving on some streets that have 6inch thick ice sheets on them. I don't think you need worry that these were vehicles traveling 60MPH being pelted by objects which wold indeed be deadly serious!

That said - not a smart thing to do to a city vehicle since they tend to have no sense of humor. If you read the article they were throwing shovels of snow and not simply a few snowballs. It's not clear to me exactly what these punks were thinking but I don't think the cops grabbing them was completely unjustified. Throwing a shovel full of snow onto the windshield of a plow or car isn't exactly a bright thing to do!

Police Detective brandishes firearm at snowballs (1)

jeko (179919) | more than 4 years ago | (#31092384)

Is this that case last month where the police detective reponded to a college snowball fight by threatening students with his sidearm?

Re:Police Detective brandishes firearm at snowball (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31092858)

RTFA. They weren't throwing snowballs at the plow and police car; they were throwing snow with a shovel. They continued to throw snow when the cops opened their doors and got snow inside the cop car... way to piss off the cops, morons!

Morans (1)

voodoowizard (1557839) | more than 4 years ago | (#31108324)

Okay these two are complete morons but a felony charge? I think that is a bit much. 100 days community service with a misdemeanor charge.

You aren't as smart as you think (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31125592)

Okay these two are complete morons but a felony charge? I think that is a bit much. 100 days community service with a misdemeanor charge.

Guess what John-boy? Unwanted physical harassment and violence deserves a felony charge. Right now people get charged with felony offences for merely making unwanted sexual contact like touching a girls ass or "flashing" genitals in public. Unfortunately the same people think physically harming people is OK (especially if it is with a snow ball, because snow balls are cute... which makes an assault OK if it is done with a snowball).

I wish people would be as cavalier about sex as they were with violence.

Re:You aren't as smart as you think (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 4 years ago | (#31163488)

YES! YES! We should kill 'em in the 'lectric chair, bring them back, and kill'em again. Then turn it on till they burn to ashes and deficate on the remains.

Or, we could get a decent sense of perspective and realize that police acting like goose stepping thugs does far more damage to society than a couple college students over-doing the winter fun ever can.

Surely hauling them to the police station and then charging them with simple disorderly conduct would make the point just fine without making the police look worse than the students.

Re:Morans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31135340)

Well, you have to wonder what they said to the cops when they were identified. My experience has been that police have a choice of what to charge you with in most situations and it depends both on the circumstances and how you act. I would suspect the snowball throwers acted like idiots.

Read the last page of the article folks... (2, Informative)

BLKMGK (34057) | more than 4 years ago | (#31143238)

The police point out that this wasn't just a few snowballs and that this occurred in the middle of a snow storm! These guys were throwing SHOVEL fulls of snow onto windshields and when the officers attempted to exit their vehicle they received shovel fulls of snow as well!

These weren't 10 year old children but 21 year old college students who ought to have had a little more common sense! I'm not sure a felony charge is warranted unless they're being charged with criminal stupidity but they sure ought to be charged with something. Not the brightest bulbs on the porch....

Re:Read the last page of the article folks... (1)

Salpula (1598505) | more than 3 years ago | (#31158394)

At least somebody RTFA. If these kids were just throwing snowballs, this would be absurd, but according to the press release: "As the officers arrived on the scene, the offenders threw shovel fulls of snow on the windshield of the plow and at an unmarked HPD vehicle. As the officers were exiting their vehicle, the offenders also threw snow inside the police vehicle." This isn't really just a simple case of "kids will be kids" its a case of "young adults can be complete morons".
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