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Re: Hockey fracas probed, Feb. 17.

In the various videos of the altercation at Southdale last week, the referee is seen skating up to two 12-year-old boys who are throwing punches at each other.

Who's really to blame when things like this happen? What about the coaches and the parents? They have a lot more power than a referee to keep 12-year-old kids from fighting.

Is blaming someone going to help their children curb their aggression, or just encourage it?

 

BOB ALTEMEYER

Winnipeg

Editorials are the consensus view of the Winnipeg Free Press’ editorial board, comprising Catherine Mitchell, David O’Brien, Shannon Sampert, and Paul Samyn.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 20, 2014 A10

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