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Guelph boy skips school to go fishing, police replace his broken reel and rod

Global News Reports: It was a different kind of “catch and release” for an 11-year-old boy in Guelph who skips school to go fishing on his own.

Guelph police say they were notified on Monday that a young boy had left school after lunch without permission to go fishing in the Speed River.

An officer managed to track him down at the boy’s favourite fishing hole, where he was reportedly found shirtless, soaked head to toe and holding a massive fish he had just caught.

The boy even broke his fishing rod in the process of making the big catch.

“The officer took some time to patiently explain the importance of going to school, after all, even fish stay in schools,” police said in a news release filled with fishing-related puns

The officer took the boy home, where his mother said her son loves fishing and the broken rod was actually his birthday gift in July.

Police said the officer determined the investigation wasn’t quite closed and took the time to go to a local fishing store — Hook Line and Sinker on Eramosa Road — to speak with the owner about the boy’s situation.

The owner was kind enough to donate a brand-new reel and rod, which were then gifted to the boy by the officer.

“[He’s] now ‘ofishally’ ready for the weekend,” police said in the news release. “If you can think of a better gesture, let ‘minnow.’”

They added that students should never skip school to go fishing, but police are happy that the boy will continue to do what he loves.

Source: Global News

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One Reply to “Guelph boy skips school to go fishing, police replace his broken reel and rod”

  1. Really!? This is all fun and games to the people involved? A news release stating, ” “[He’s] now ‘ofishally’ ready for the weekend,” police said in the news release. “If you can think of a better gesture, let ‘minnow.”

    Yeah, I can. You’re lax attitude smells a little fishy and you wonder why young people never learn to respect authority.

    Let’s flip this around for a short minute. As I understand the boy loved to fish. He takes off at noon headed for his favorite fishing hole. No one knew where he was. Not his parents, or teacher and not even his friends. No one knew whether he was injured, dead or God forbid, abducted by some nefarious being. Finding the boy wet and shirtless indicates he could have drowned. But he did catch a big Carp, right? So everything is okay, right?….NOT !!

    In the process of playing hooky and disobeying his elders, the boy’s fishing rod was broken. Making light of the situation by coddling him in a news publication and then buying him a new fishing rod should not have been an option. Period! A broken fishing rod should have been his punishment, no less. Actually when you look at it, this Police Officer rewarded the boy for his bad behavior. But hey, that’s okay, right?….NOT !! Your priorities are all “bass ackwards”!

    Geez ! With all the nasty goings on in this world, and I have personally seen it with my own eyes, corrective words are one thing but you have to back them up with punitive actions.

    Otherwise it all falls on deaf ears!!

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