I is sad a child was injured and indeed this showed poor judgement....but a felony for a spitball....I mean this kid is so screewed .... he can forget getting a decent job..milatary...voteing.firearm ownership ect. How would you feel if you were this kid..I mean for a silly prank like a spit ball you have destroyed your future...and your only 13....guess he might as well sell crack and get his gang tattoo. Boy could get eight years in juvenile for spitball attack Associated Press Published May 16, 2002 WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- A 13-year-old boy faces as much as eight years in juvenile hall for hitting another boy with a spitball. Jeffrey Figueroa was waiting in line for a gym locker on his first day at Walnut Creek Intermediate School in September when he rolled a gum wrapper around his finger, put it in his mouth and spit it out. The wrapper hit a fellow seventh grader in the eye, and the boy had to have surgery. Jeffrey said he apologized to the boy. But he was charged with felony counts of battery and mayhem, and last week he was convicted, the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office said. The convictions carry up to eight years in a California Youth Authority facility. Jeffrey is under house arrest as he awaits sentencing, set for June 6.