A 13-year-old boy was arrested this week after an officer says he threw a snowball at him — a claim the young teenager disputes.
“It made me mad,” the eighth-grader, who is facing a felony charge of battery to a police officer, told the Chicago Tribune. “He (the officer) said the snowball hit him but it hit the car, not him.”
According to the officer, the 13-year-old threw a snowball at his arm Wednesday while he was sitting in a marked squad car. He was immediately taken into custody and charged as a juvenile with aggravated battery against a peace officer, which is a felony, the Tribune reported.
His mother is outraged.
“He kept trying to tell the officer that he didn’t do it but they didn’t believe him,” she reportedly said. “He was standing on the corner, there was a whole crowd of kids. It’s so crazy.”
The boy’s mother first learned of the incident when she received a phone call from the officer.
“He got on the phone and was saying (her son) threw a snowball at the car and the officer was in the car,” she told the Tribune.
“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.”
According to the child, the school’s dean, Lenard Robertson, is the one who pointed the child out as the culprit from the crowd. He declined comment to the Tribune.
In addition to the formal charges, the school also reportedly suspended the 13-year-old for five days.
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