Zak’s loss is not a les­son to oth­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

Dear Colin Price,

Al­though you may not have meant any of­fence to any­one with your mes­sage about the lessons we can learn from the pass­ing of Zak, Zak to many of us was a very close friend and from this tragedy we have learnt.

Many of us that were close to Zak have found your let­ter in the Chron­i­cle very in­ap­pro­pri­ate as we al­ready know the con­se­quences of what hap­pened.

It is hard to say that all of us have not crossed the rail­way one time or an­other throughout our lives as it runs right through our town and the cross­ings are very dis­tant and in­con­ve­nient when we want to get some­where.

What hap­pened to Zak was a com­plete ac­ci­dent and this same thing could have hap­pened while cross­ing the road.

The risk while cross­ing a road is a lot higher than cross­ing a rail­way as there are many more ve­hi­cles.

Still, ev­ery­day peo­ple cross the roads, tak­ing that risk.

Zak in no way crossed the tracks to harm his life, he was sim­ply get­ting from one place to an­other the most con­ve­nient way pos­si­ble.

We all un­der­stand what you are say­ing and yes we do know the dan­gers and mis­takes.

But the loss of a very close friend that we all loved very much was enough for a lot of us and many oth­ers who didn’t know Zak.

What we don’t un­der­stand is why some­one who doesn’t know Zak thinks that they need to ex­plain to ev­ery­one what we should take from this.

Zak is a won­der­ful per­son with an amaz­ing smile and per­son­al­ity.

He will be truly missed and never for­got­ten and fi­nally, may he rest in peace and not be used as an ex­am­ple of what not to do.

Last week the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle pub­lished a let­ter to the ed­i­tor from res­i­dent Colin Price about the tragic pass­ing of Zak Lang. As a re­sult, cor­re­spon­dence was re­ceived ex­press­ing dis­ap­point­ment in not only the opin­ions within the let­ter but also ques­tion­ing the pa­per’s de­ci­sion to run it. We got it wrong.

The Mata­mata Chron­i­cle would like to sin­cerely apol­o­gise to all those who found the pub­li­ca­tion of Mr Price’s let­ter offensive and dis­re­spect­ful. That was never the in­ten­tion.

This was a tragic ac­ci­dent that has deeply af­fected the Mata­mata community. As such, no fur­ther cor­re­spon­dence will be ac­cepted in re­gards to this is­sue.

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