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Prince George hockey coach gets hatemail


The story of a Prince George peewee hockey player's good sportsmanship is spreading around the world. 

In February, The Prince George peewee hockey team Viking Construction Cougars lost a game, and coach Ryan Arnold ordered his team off the ice before shaking hands. But 12-year-old Matt Marotta went to center ice to congratulate his opponents. 

Marotta's actions have been praised but his coach has been villainized. Arnold's been suspended and admitted he made a mistake, but says he's still at the receiving end of hatemail from people he's never met. It's gotten so bad that the Marotta family has stepped in writing a letter to the Prince George Citizen newspaper asking Arnold be left alone.  

Emily Bazelon is the author of Sticks and Stones, a book that examines bullying culture. She's also studied how stories go viral and why some people take it upon themselves to punish strangers. She speaks with Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata.

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