04 Jun 2013

“No Heroics, We’re Canadian”

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Briar Maclean


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.

“I was in between two desks and he was poking and prodding the guy,” Briar, 13, said at the kitchen table of his Calgary home Friday.

“He put him in a headlock, and I saw that.”

He added he didn’t see the knife, but “I heard the flick, and I heard them say there was a knife.”

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 wasn’t until fourth period everything went haywire.

“I got called to the office and I wasn’t able to leave until the end of the day,” he said.

That’s when Leah O’Donnell, Briar’s mother, received a call from the vice-principal.

“They phoned me and said, ‘Briar was involved in an incident today,’” she said. “That he decided to ‘play hero’ and jump in.”

Ms. O’Donnell was politely informed the school did not “condone heroics,” she said. Instead, Briar should have found a teacher to handle the situation.

“I asked: ‘In the time it would have taken him to go get a teacher, could that kid’s throat have been slit?’ She said yes, but that’s beside the point. That we ‘don’t condone heroics in this school.’ ”

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.

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Once upon a time the role of a principal — or any other bureaucrat — was to exercise judgment. Now “rules”, blindly to be followed, have supplanted this role. No doubt the school has some sort of rulebook that says that students are not to take personal action when there is a fight between students. Okay. As a general rule that makes some sense. But in THIS case, clearly the most effective course of action was for the student to take quick action to avoid a serious calamity. The principal should have had the common sense to make that distinction.


Michael Bester, the school principal (according to Reason), is a dust mite, as are the rest of the administration and the school board.

Dust mite: microscopic, incredibly ugly insect that feeds on the by-products of productive humans and then excrete. The excretions produce allergic reactions in previously mentioned productive humans, causing severe discomfort and distress.

I used to suffer from allergies to dust mites but I took shots for two years and that fixed the problem. What’s the treatment for human dust mites?


Vouchers now.
Public school has not provided a proper education or contributed in any way to society, except to make children all the same.. Dumb and dependent.


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