Friday, December 2, 2011

Anti-Wiccan book prompts year's second pine cone assault

Sun-News report

LAS CRUCES - A juvenile boy could be cited for assault after allegedly attacking another boy with pine cones after he showed him a book about Wicca, according to New Mexico State University Police.

Officers were dispatched to the Aggie Express on Monday at 4:20 p.m., where the alleged victim, 14, said he had gotten off the school bus and was talking to another boy about a book he had, "Protecting Your Teen from Today's Witchcraft: A Parent's Guide to Confronting Wicca and the Occult." The alleged victim said he "recently has chosen to change religions to Wicca and the book was given to his dad by a friend of his dad's," according to the police report.

After the second boy looked at the book briefly, he allegedly threw the book, called it "satanic" "and then picked up pine cones and started to throw them" at the complainant, who reported being hit several times in the arms.

The boy's father said his son had had run-ins with the alleged attacker before, and was advised to contact his school.

In July, an Anthony, N.M. man was sentenced to four days in jail and a year's probation for battery on an officer, after hitting a sheriff's deputy with a pine cone 4 inches in circumference.

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