Many lessons may be learned

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

Have just read the Chron­i­cle and have this to say about the boy, Zak, who was killed on the rail­way line.

Firstly, con­do­lences to his fam­ily and friends. Se­condly, there are a cou­ple of lessons to be learned here.

Those of you who subscribe to po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness may find it a hard pill to swal­low. First mis­take Zak and his friends made seems to have been cut­ting class. Had they been in class, Zak would still be with us.

Sec­ond mis­take was NOT stay­ing away from the rail­way line. It’s no good pass­ing the buck onto Ki­wirail and de­mand­ing fences, as any kid with an ad­ven­tur­ous streak will im­me­di­ately think ‘‘Chal­lenge Ac­cepted.’’

The laws of physics won’t al­low a kid with a 50-100kg frame to get off be­ing hit by an 85 tonne lo­co­mo­tive, re­gard­less of what speed it’s do­ing.

Let ev­ery­one use Zak as a les­son in stay­ing safe and there­fore away from the rail­way lines.

If peo­ple stay away from the tracks, they won’t get hit and killed. Sim­ple. Or is that too sim­ple?

If his death saves oth­ers from mak­ing the same mis­takes, then his death won’t be in vain. Com­mon sense needs to pre­vail. in­for­ma­tion and as­sis­tance to peo­ple with di­a­betes.

Sup­port for peo­ple with di­a­betes is also pro­vided by Di­a­betes NZ Waikato In­cor­po­rated, their contact de­tails be­ing: Di­a­betes NZ Waikato In­cor­po­rated, 16 Von Temp­sky St, Hamil­ton East, PO Box 4086, Hamil­ton 3247. Phone: 07 838 0127. Fax: 07 838 0807. Email: di­a­betes@xtra.co.nz.

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