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Mike Conneen, TV news reporter in D.C., pelted with snowballs during live segment



By Andrew Tavani

NewsChannel 8 TV reporter Mike Conneen was in the middle of a live news segment from Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., on Thursday when he suddenly found himself being pelted by snowballs thrown by a bunch of kids who'd gathered in the park. Conneen was reporting on a snow sculpture contest that was being held in the park in the midst of the monstrous Nor'easter that marched up the East Coast on Wednesday into Thursday -- and had dropped as much as 12 inches of snow in the nation's capital by midday Thursday.

Getty photographer Chip Somodevilla happened to be in the park and captured still photos of the scene. As Conneen began his live shot, he challenged snowball hurlers, shouting 'Is that all you got!?' Eventually, though, he came under heavy fire from the jeering children, who looked to be no more than 10 years old, and took some direct hits to the head. His anchors back in the studio laughed and mocked him a little, but Conneen pressed on with his live report, like a true professional. He even managed to deftly block some incoming snowballs with his free hand that were on course for a direct hit to the face.

Watch the video of the snowball attack in Dupont Park here. And if you're wondering how Conneen is doing after his tough day on the job, he posted on his Twitter feed that he feels 'like a wet noodle.'

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ihave1465fans February 14 2014 at 6:09 PM

Its a lot more fun to hide in the woods and throw them at passing cars, especially if you have snowshoes, some people want to chase you, but if you got snowshoes or skies, you have the upper hand.

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geocur3971 February 14 2014 at 3:44 PM

Does NO American parent bother to teach ANY of our teenagers what constitutes appropriate and respectful behavior any more? Or worse, do any of America's parents understand the definition of appropriate and polite behavior?

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ihave1465fans February 14 2014 at 6:04 PM

Killjoy !

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rrebelx1 February 14 2014 at 3:20 PM

The only problem that I have is the kids throwing snowballs at his head/facial area- especially when he is vulnerable. Fortunately, he didn't appear to receive any visible injuries.

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Maria February 14 2014 at 3:08 PM

The children should taught for manner. Everyting has the right time. Nice to be funny but have to have respect. Scholls and perents care? Or atticett goes out from communication? Teach them!

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luckyrat14 February 14 2014 at 2:41 PM

what a good sport. need more like him

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deaby16 February 14 2014 at 1:42 PM

set up

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Heidi Ann February 14 2014 at 1:28 PM

He looked like he was having fun.

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Vimala Nowlis February 14 2014 at 1:16 PM

Those kids should have their bottom spanked.
Any unwanted touch is assault. This is clearly unwanted touch and assault.
Who are the parents of these juvenile delinquents and potential criminals? That's how Hitler Youth started their career.

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camelot5263 February 14 2014 at 1:11 PM

hurtling

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drb107 February 14 2014 at 1:10 PM

lighten up folks, its a bunch of kids throwing snowballs

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Vimala Nowlis February 14 2014 at 1:18 PM

Kids can throw snowballs at friends in games. But not at strangers who did not consent.
Kids can throw rocks and shoot each other for all I am concerned. But they cannot attack strangers.

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beverlyamy1 February 14 2014 at 1:24 PM

im thinkin they can and did.

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