The parents of a Duxbury high school hockey player Tucker Hannon seeking assault charges against a Scituate player who delivered a hard check to their son that caused the boy to go flying to the ice and left him with a concussion will have to be happy with an apology from the young man who delivered the hit.
Friday, a Plymouth District Court magistrate refused to issue charges against Alex Way, the Scituate High School player who delivered the hit.
Hannon, 18, suffered a severe concussion on the play, causing him to miss the rest of the hockey season and five weeks of school. The hit occurred Jan. 7 during a game at The Bog Ice Arena in Kingston.
“If this (check) was off the rink, on a public way, that is gross, negligent assault and battery,” said Jay Mullen, the attorney representing Thomas and Sheila Hannon, Tucker’s parents, told the Patriot Ledger prior to the hearing.
Hannon said told the Boston Globe, "I don’t think it should have been brought to court.” He said the matter could have been settled if Way had just apologized. He said Way had now apologized and the matter was settled in his mind.
“The apology was accepted,” he said.
Way said after hearing, “I’m sorry Tucker got a concussion. And I’m sorry it got to this point.”
The boys both play lacrosse in the spring and their teams will be facing each other in just a few weeks.
So was this hit clean? Should parents be able to file assault charges for injuries happening on the ice, court or field? Take a look at the YouTube video and decide for yourself and share your thoughts in the comments below.