Thirteen year-old Briar MacLean tackled a knife-wielding bully who was attacking a classmate. Instead of praising MacLean’s intervention, the Calgary school officials admonished him for playing hero. As the National Post reported:
Briar MacLean was sitting in class during a study period Tuesday, the teacher was on the other side of the room and, as Grade 7 bullies are wont to do, one kid started harassing another.
â€œI was in between two desks and he was poking and prodding the guy,â€ Briar, 13, said at the kitchen table of his Calgary home Friday.
â€œHe put him in a headlock, and I saw that.â€
He added he didnâ€™t see the knife, but â€œI heard the flick, and I heard them say there was a knife.â€
I heard the flick, and I heard them say there was a knife
The rest was just instinct. Briar stepped up to defend his classmate, pushing the knife-wielding bully away.
The teacher took notice, the principal was summoned and Briar went about his day. It wasnâ€™t until fourth period everything went haywire.
â€œI got called to the office and I wasnâ€™t able to leave until the end of the day,â€ he said.
Thatâ€™s when Leah Oâ€™Donnell, Briarâ€™s mother, received a call from the vice-principal.
â€œThey phoned me and said, â€˜Briar was involved in an incident today,â€™â€ she said. â€œThat he decided to â€˜play heroâ€™ and jump in.â€
Ms. Oâ€™Donnell was politely informed the school did not â€œcondone heroics,â€ she said. Instead, Briar should have found a teacher to handle the situation.
â€œI asked: â€˜In the time it would have taken him to go get a teacher, could that kidâ€™s throat have been slit?â€™ She said yes, but thatâ€™s beside the point. That we â€˜donâ€™t condone heroics in this school.â€™ â€
Instead of getting a pat on the back for his bravery, Briar was made to feel as if he had done something terribly wrong. The police were called, the teen filed a statement and his locker was searched.
Rea the whole thing.
Democratic Western societies have obviously developed a fatal habit of placing people with ideological and personality disorders in positions of authority. Canada has some great hunting & fishing, but I could never live there.