Punishment

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Even if you don’t keep up with the sport’s world, you may have heard about the Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins game on Tuesday night. In the second period, a player from the Canadiens, Max Pacioretty was viciously hit into the bench divider on the boards by Zdeno Chara of Boston. The hit left him to the ground, motionless and unconscious for several minutes. He was finally taken out on a stretcher after gaining consciousness. Later that night, it was released that he suffered a major concussion as well fractured vertabrae. This is probably the most gruesome hit I’ve ever seen in an NHL game.  Someone I talked to right after it happened said he felt instantly sick from seeing a player go down that hard.

Chara was given a game misconduct so was out for the rest of the game. People were on the edge of their seats after the game to see what type of further action would be taken with Chara as a punishment. On Wednesday, the NHL announced that Chara wouldn’t receive a fine or a suspension. The NHL said that it looks like Chara didn’t intend to hit Pacioretty’s head into the board dividers. As well, they said that the fact that Chara has never been suspended in the last 13 years of his career labels him as a “clean” player. Since then, there has been an uproar from people who think Chara should have had some type of punishment.

This situation can easily be related to schools. When a unique situation arises where someone gets seriously hurt because of someone else (even if it’s unintentional), should they be punished? I don’t think that it’s okay to let someone off “home-free” because it is believed that this person didn’t intend on the situation occurring. No one knows what the culprit was thinking at the time of the injury, but the culprit himself/herself. I think that their needs to be some type of action taken in order to show everyone else that it is not acceptable to expect that you won’t get punished if someone else gets hurt. It’s a difficult situation because someone can be totally innocent and  accidentally caused someone else to get hurt, but does that mean the situation should just be dropped?

What would you do?

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