THERE were lots of reasons high school sophomore Christopher Albert’s parents decided to press charges. The gash on his back needed nine stitches. The classmate they held responsible, Kevin Kelly, got only a six-day suspension. Plus Kevin got to play football the very night of the incident.
“It could have been so simple,” said Nancy Albert, Chris’ mother. Kevin’s father, who happens to be head of the local school board, could have apologised and offered to pay the hospital bills. But neighbours don’t do that much anymore, even in a town as small and rural as Stafford Springs, Connecticut, in the United States.