Introduction “B.C. judge right to give hockey

Introduction

The
purpose of this paper is to uncover assumptions made by the author of the
editorial article titled, “B.C. judge
right to give hockey player delayed sentence for sex crime”, written by
Christie Blatchford (2018). The
editorial article outlines the case involving Connor Neurauter, who “pleaded
guilty to one count of sexual interference with a minor” (Blatchford, 2018). In
addition, the author shares her opinion on the controversial decision that the
judge made to allow him to finish his semester at The University of Calgary
before he serves his ninety-day sentence. The editorial article will be analyzed using the analytical
framework outlined in “Criminological Theory: An analysis of its underlying
assumptions”, written by Einstadter
and Henry (2006). In their book, the authors “Consider five interrelated
analytical categories or dimensions” (Einstadter and Henry, 2006) that
contribute to how theories are developed and how each dimension is used in the
compilation of a theory. These dimensions are, “Human nature and human
behaviour, society and social order, the role of law, definition of crime, and
the image of the criminal, causal logic, and criminal justice implications”
(Einstadter and Henry, 2006).

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            The first dimension this paper will
explore in relation to the editorial article is, “Human nature and human
behaviour” (Einstadter and Henry, 2006). The author commences the editorial by
making a strong assumption about teenagers and how their age is correlated to their
actions. The author states, “It’s for his conduct as a teenager — a young
person, stupid and clueless — that Connor Neurauter pleaded guilty to one count
of sexual interference with a minor” (Blatchford, 2018). The author then
introduces Connor Neurauter by quoting some of his past tweets. Christie
Blatchford comments that he comes across as “cruel and unappealing, as well as
a big shot junior hockey player” (Blatchford, 2018), but she also suggests
that, “social media presence is not how a young person should be judged”
(Blatchford, 2018). The phrase, “a young person, stupid and clueless”
(Blatchford, 2018), is an assumption about the nature of teenagers. It assumes
that teenagers do not always make educational or informed decisions at their
age. This assumption is common throughout society, and is referenced frequently
when discussing teenagers and their lack of awareness to make ‘good’ decisions.
The author suggests that teenagers should not be held accountable, or perhaps
be ‘given a break’ for their “stupid and clueless” (Blatchford, 2018), actions
as they are young and are still learning. This assumption can be attributed to
George Herbert Mead. “George Herbert Mead (1934) saw the development of the
self in stages as the result of humans’ ability to use language in interaction
with others” (Einstadter and Henry, 2006). George Herbert Mead’s theory
suggests and supports Christie Blatchford’s assumption that teenagers are still
developing and learning. Another part of the author’s assumption about human
nature suggests that teenagers act the way that they act because “they are
driven by forces, either external or internal” (Einstadter and Henry, 2006). The
editorial article assumes that the acts committed by Connor Neurauter suggests
that, “human action is somehow generated, shaped, or channeled by forces over
which we have little control” (Einstadter and Henry, 2006). 

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