It’s a scene that happens every day somewhere: two 15-year-olds get into a scrap on the field during a high school sporting event. In this case, it was a rugby field in Canada, and there was an altercation near the end of the match. But then one of the players did something that turned the situation from an average tussle to something tragic: he picked up Manny Castillo, flipped him upside down and drove him headfirst into the ground. Castillo suffered severe head injuries and died a short time later.
The case sent shockwaves throughout Canada, and THE GLOBE AND MAIL says the player who attacked Castillo - whose name was not released because of Canadian law - was convicted of manslaughter yesterday. So now the former captain for Erindale High - who also was a star player in the Ontario Hockey League and might have had a pro career - faces three years in jail if convicted as a minor and a possible life sentence if convicted as an adult.