Austin boy arrested after throwing snowball at police officer

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Chicago police charged a 13-year-old boy with felony aggravated battery against a police officer Wednesday after he hit an officer in the arm with a snowball while the officer was parked near Leland Elementary School.

The boy is believed to be a student at Leland, formerly May Elementary, which sits at the southeast corner of the intersection near where the snowball was thrown, according to a story by DNAinfo Chicago reporter Darryl Holliday.

Officials at the school acknowledged the incident occurred but declined to comment.

Some West Siders are upset the boy was charged with a felony, while one local resident told DNAinfo he thought the charges were justified.

To read the story – and the many comments it elicited – click here.

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