There was a bit of an interesting dust-up at Andover High School in Andover, Massachusetts. A woman was picking up her daughter after school when a bunch of charming young ladies and gentlemen started pelting her car with snowballs. One of the snowballs entered a lowered window and hit the driver in the head.
She, naturally enough, wigged out. She got out of her car and chased the snots off with a tire iron, then returned to her car. Another boy, not involved, came up to her car and asked her to move, because she was blocking him from leaving for his job. They disagreed, he stuck his head in her window, and she pepper-sprayed him.
The woman has been charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and illegal possession of a firearm (the pepper spray).
Now it’s time for good old-fashioned Massachusetts-bashing. The woman has been charged. The delightful youngsters who assaulted and blinded a woman operating a moving motor vehicle in a crowded high-school parking lot (endangering who knows how many people) are getting off scott free. And now the whole world knows that Massachusetts considers pepper spray a “firearm.” For all the trouble she’s facing, the mother might’ve well have whipped out an AK-47 and made all of them crap their pants.
But I’m sure all those snowball-throwers are “good kids” who were “just having a little harmless fun.” Way to go, parents of Andover.