Police charging boy, 10, after paintb...

Police charging boy, 10, after paintball gun incident

There are 25 comments on the Braintree Forum story from Jun 25, 2007, titled Police charging boy, 10, after paintball gun incident. In it, Braintree Forum reports that:

“After being struck in the back by a paintball, the victim followed the vehicle in which his assailant was a passenger into Randolph and called the Randolph police”

Police are seeking charges against a 10-year-old Revere boy for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after he shot a paintball at a 24-year-old Milton man while he was looking at cars at a Pond Street ... via Braintree Forum

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Tony

Brockton, MA

#1 Jun 26, 2007
That kids dad is an idiot. He allowed his son to shoot at signs as they drove along? What kind of parent does such a thing? He should be charged with neglect. Anyone who teaches their children to behave like this is clearly being neglectful. Thumbs up to the guy who followed the car after he got nailed by the kid who shot the paintball. If not for him they wouldn't have been caught. Makes you wonder how many times prior to this incident the guy let his son shoot paintballs as he drove along.
Tim

Cabot, AR

#2 Jul 23, 2007
Wow, pressing assault and battery charges against a 10 year old. That's ridiculous.

A paintball gun is a dangerous weapon??

Oh no, you'll shoot your eye out!!! Sounds more like people afraid of something they don't know anything about.

Paintball guns are just toys. Like pellet guns. Amazing people act as if they are a dangerous weapon.

Don't people have bigger things to complain about like: Drugs, Wars, Healthcare, Nature Disasters, Global Warming, or something more important than a kid's toy.

So a 10 year old boy accidently whacked a 24 year old guy with a paintball. No reason for the guy to cry over it. What a big baby!!! I bet he told his momma too. Right after he pressed charges against the 10 year old kid, pathetic.

Most likely the guy just wants to a big law suit and get himself thousands and millions of dollars over a paintball.

It's a ball made of gelatin, food coloring, and other biogradable food products. It's designed to break on impact. It's a toy. All across the country people as young as 10 years old are playing the game for fun.

Amazing that a grown adult of 24 made such a big deal out of it, and that a city government is so stuck in the stoneage that they let the guy press charges.

That 10 year old should find the 24 year old guy on the street again, and kick that guys butt. I think the boy could do it. Even the 10 year old plays the game and gets shot for fun, but that big wussy couldn't handle it.

I feel sorry for the boy. What's next? He gets on a skateboard and a cop arrests him for that too??? Sad thing is even that happens.

Kid's just can't be kids anymore, because adults don't allow it. Be an adult, not a wussy, who presses charges and sues 10 year old kids.
Tim

Cabot, AR

#3 Jul 23, 2007
PS:

Yeah the kid should of never been shooting his paintball gun anywhere in Public. He should of only been using it on a Paintball Field, or his own property. Yeah, the dad was an idiot.

But, pressing assault and battery charges over a kid being a kid is just as idiotic.

People take things to far, and end up trying to sue for thousands and millions of dollars over small things like that.

Kids will be kids.

Give the dad a ticket for not having the kid in his seatbelt, and for littering out the window. Because both of those are real crimes that did happen.

Assault and Battery with a deadly weapon didn't happen though.
goku

Anderson, IN

#4 Nov 24, 2007
wtf im 10 years old i paintball and airsoft i never crie i shot a 2 year old not on purpose and he just standed there and smiled
Patriot

South Weymouth, MA

#5 Nov 27, 2007
http://www.emerson.edu/emersontoday/index.cfm...

Ya. But it's okay when a cop kills an innocent bystander with one... right?
Concerned Kiddo

Quincy, MA

#6 Nov 30, 2007
press charges on the irresponsible dad, not the child. a & b and also defacing property if he was tagging signs with it. paintballs hurt like hell if you get hit and you aren't expecting it, but they won't do much more than a little red spot or maybe a bruise if you bruise easily. a & b on the child is a bit excessive
I beg to differ

Hampstead, NH

#7 Nov 30, 2007
Clearly you have never been shot by a CO2 powered paintball gun. Which most are. I have... and not only did it leave a softball size bruise but it split my skin wide open. I can only imagine the damage had it hit my face.

He should be prosecuted. It's not like its going to be on his record forever and it could prevent him from doing something even more stupid in the future.
Concerned Kiddo

Quincy, MA

#8 Nov 30, 2007
well, i guess you are right, it left a bruise but i had on a heavy sweatshirt. i may feel differently if it hit somewhere less covered. both of my brother's own c02 paintball guns. i believe prosecuting the child will leave him scarred and further promotes the thought that parents do not have to take control. my brothers are only allowed to use paintballs in our back yard or at a course, mostly for shooting targets, rearely at people, i was hit accidentally. no takeing them to a friend's house without my parents and the friend's parents involved knowing it. parental control and discipline is the key to keeping kids from acting stupid. the child should be disciplined, but the charges are for the dad driving the kid and letting him shoot recklessly.
homie says

United States

#9 Dec 1, 2007
Tim wrote:
Wow, pressing assault and battery charges against a 10 year old. That's ridiculous.
A paintball gun is a dangerous weapon??
Oh no, you'll shoot your eye out!!! Sounds more like people afraid of something they don't know anything about.
Paintball guns are just toys. Like pellet guns. Amazing people act as if they are a dangerous weapon.
Don't people have bigger things to complain about like: Drugs, Wars, Healthcare, Nature Disasters, Global Warming, or something more important than a kid's toy.
So a 10 year old boy accidently whacked a 24 year old guy with a paintball. No reason for the guy to cry over it. What a big baby!!! I bet he told his momma too. Right after he pressed charges against the 10 year old kid, pathetic.
Most likely the guy just wants to a big law suit and get himself thousands and millions of dollars over a paintball.
It's a ball made of gelatin, food coloring, and other biogradable food products. It's designed to break on impact. It's a toy. All across the country people as young as 10 years old are playing the game for fun.
Amazing that a grown adult of 24 made such a big deal out of it, and that a city government is so stuck in the stoneage that they let the guy press charges.
That 10 year old should find the 24 year old guy on the street again, and kick that guys butt. I think the boy could do it. Even the 10 year old plays the game and gets shot for fun, but that big wussy couldn't handle it.
I feel sorry for the boy. What's next? He gets on a skateboard and a cop arrests him for that too??? Sad thing is even that happens.
Kid's just can't be kids anymore, because adults don't allow it. Be an adult, not a wussy, who presses charges and sues 10 year old kids.
.......since paintball shots cant hurt anyone, how bout prove it, let someone shoot ya in the eye, even better , have them shoot your eye while driving...charge kid and dad, kids know right from wrong, some are just a-holes that later turn into grown up a-holes, sorry if that defines you.....i bet youd sue
Patriot

South Weymouth, MA

#10 Dec 3, 2007
http://www.emerson.edu/emersontoday/index.cfm ...
Does nobody know how to click on a hyper link?
This article shows how a paintball gun can clearly kill you if hit in the eye. That's all these pepper guns are is paintball guns with pepper in them. This girl is dead. Case closed.
Their new weapon of choice is the tazer. But they seem to be killing people as well.
Concerned Kiddo

Quincy, MA

#11 Dec 4, 2007
I am blogging from work. Most links don't work here so I often don't bother. Seeing the title of your link, I assume it is a reference to Victoria Snellgrove, a very sad case. People need to lean from such lessons but I stand my case, parents muist be parents!
Reason

Clinton, MD

#12 Jan 13, 2008
Homie, he never mentioned anything about getting shot in the eye, and im sure he has been shot ive been shot it barely hurts as for the guy who said it split his skin open? wtf, guys its a a game like getting hit with a dodgeball when ure not in a dodgeball game wow americans have really became pathetic.. a 10 year old, if ANYTHING charge the father you have to be 13 to use without adult supervision
paintball

AOL

#13 Jan 14, 2008
I agree, a paintball gun can and is fun for children so long as they are properly supervised by a responsible adult which many children are not in todays society. This is a toy which belongs being used as stated in woods or your own property or at a paintball facility. I do believe it clearly states it is not to be used without adult supervision. Same as a BB gun, although you have to be 18 to purchase one when a child is properly supervised, this too can be fun and challenging shooting at targets. It keeps them off the streets and supervised.
Lou

Marblehead, MA

#14 Apr 23, 2008
Tim wrote:
PS:
Yeah the kid should of never been shooting his paintball gun anywhere in Public. He should of only been using it on a Paintball Field, or his own property. Yeah, the dad was an idiot.
But, pressing assault and battery charges over a kid being a kid is just as idiotic.
People take things to far, and end up trying to sue for thousands and millions of dollars over small things like that.
Kids will be kids.
Give the dad a ticket for not having the kid in his seatbelt, and for littering out the window. Because both of those are real crimes that did happen.
Assault and Battery with a deadly weapon didn't happen though.
Hi Tim;
Have you ever been hit by a paintball? It does hurt. My son has only a toy paintball gun and it hurts. I asked him to shoot my lower leg just to see what it would feel like and determine if it was safe around the kids. It hurts. He is very responsible with it and only shoots at a target. I tried it myself and find it fun but I can't hit the target as well as my kids.
The point here is not that the paintball gun is a childs toy or not but the fact that the father was negligent enough to allow the child to be shooting out the window of a car. On a paintball battlefield, participants wear protective clothing and eye goggles for a good reason. My stepson has a real paintball gun and he's shown me the bruises on his legs where he got hit without protection. When not used properly in a controlled environment, the paintball gun is just what it is.... a gun. If that man was hit in the eye, he would have lost it. If he was hit in the throat, it could possibly kill him. If the person thought he was being shot at with a real weapon, he could have got scared and run into traffic or possibly had a heart attack.
The pepper spray guns that police use only propell the pepper spray canisters into a crowd. However even a canister lobed into a crowd is dangerous. Might I refer you to a Miss Victoria Snelgrove after a Red Sox win in 2004. Not to get a bit off track here but my pont is, something aimed in the general direction of a person can do harm. No matter what it is.
We all want our children to have as much fun as possible in thier lifetimes but we also have to teach them responsibility and the difference between right and wrong.
I do not believe the child should be charged with anything, however, the father should face serious punishment.
Luke

Stoughton, MA

#15 May 5, 2008
wow wat a tool
i got shot in the head with a paintball gun and it didnt hurt
chill out mofos
Not surprised

Somerville, MA

#16 May 5, 2008
Luke wrote:
wow wat a tool
i got shot in the head with a paintball gun and it didnt hurt
chill out mofos
Somehow, I'm not surprised you didn't get hurt, given the THICK HEAD and ROCKS that must inhabit the region. Not much room for brains there ...
Patriot

Nashua, NH

#17 May 10, 2008
He's lucky the cops are just charging him. In PA they'd beat the crap out of him. In NY they'd shoot him. I think the punk and old man need their heads banged together, and most people I know would be glad to do it for them.
Melissa Portland CT

Middletown, CT

#19 Jun 17, 2008
My 14 year old son was shot in the eye with a paintball gun at a paintball gathering and I have started a petition to put regulations on these "TOYS", because they are not toys and now my 14 year old is permantely partially blind in that eye and may never be able to fulfill his dream of being a pro baseball player, he has the potential.. So if anyone is interested in signing my petition please go to ctparentsagainstpaintballguns@ hotmail.com. I want these regulations to go across America so kid will stop thinking paintball guns are toys.
Thank you
Melissa Portland CT

Middletown, CT

#20 Jun 17, 2008
homie says wrote:
<quoted text>.......since paintball shots cant hurt anyone, how bout prove it, let someone shoot ya in the eye, even better , have them shoot your eye while driving...charge kid and dad, kids know right from wrong, some are just a-holes that later turn into grown up a-holes, sorry if that defines you.....i bet youd sue
Unfortunatly it also requires adult supervision, because they are dangerous weapons because my son was shot in the eye and was blind for 3 months and has to go under 3 surgeries to MAYBE get some vision back and I know of other children that are permantely and completely blind from paintball guns so get the idea out of your head that they are not dangerous they are estremely dangerous and should not be in kids hands or you are right parent should sue and get something for there kid that has minimial chances of following there dreams due to someone elses wrong doing....
Ryan

Tolland, CT

#21 Jul 8, 2008
Melissa Portland CT wrote:
My 14 year old son was shot in the eye with a paintball gun at a paintball gathering and I have started a petition to put regulations on these "TOYS", because they are not toys and now my 14 year old is permantely partially blind in that eye and may never be able to fulfill his dream of being a pro baseball player, he has the potential.. So if anyone is interested in signing my petition please go to ctparentsagainstpaintballguns@ hotmail.com. I want these regulations to go across America so kid will stop thinking paintball guns are toys.
Thank you
I recently read the Hartford Courrant article about what happened to your son and it is completely ignorant to try to penalize the entire paintball community because your son was not following proper safety precautions. Had your son been wearing goggles as he was supposed to be doing, or had the kid who shot him had a barrel sock on as he was supposed to, this whole thing would have never happened. I feel that you should accept full responsibility as a parent for not being sure of your son's knowledge about paintball safety precautions, and allowing him to play paintball with other kids who also lacked this knowledge. Not to mention the fact you allowed your son to play at a non-certified paintball field. I have been playing paintball at a certified field with strict safety enforcement for almost 5 years and have never witnessed such an injury as your son's. Stop trying to blame the sport for your son's injury and take responsibility for your own mistakes.

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