Did the judge make the right call?
Sydney, Nova Scotia youth court judge Peter Ross decided that sending a teenage boy to jail for pushing a fellow student underneath a passing school bus wouldn’t benefit anybody.
The 16-year-old boy, who can’t be named due to the rules of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was found guilty earlier this year of criminal negligence causing death after it was determined he knowingly pushed Christopher Chafe into the bus.
It happened after class at Sydney Academy high school on February 11th. Chafe’s head was hit by the back wheels of the bus.
The teen will observe a two-year probation period along with a six-month nightly curfew. He is also prohibited from weapons for five years, must complete 100 hours of community service, and submit his DNA to a national registry.
The Crown wanted one year of custody and supervision plus one year of probation, but the boy’s lawyers were ultimately successful with their request.
The teen’s defence lawyer James Snow said his client is “going to have to live with this for the rest of his life.” He also referred to the youth’s nightmares as “manifestations of his remorse.”
Judge Ross said “I doubt that a lengthy term of incarceration would provide very much instruction to a teenager in the conduct of their lives in the future,” adding that a short custodial term would amount to “tokenism.”
What do you think the teen’s sentence should have been?
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