“Briar MacLean, 13, stepped in after he spotted an argument was quickly beginning to escalate between two boys at Sir John A. Macdonald school in Alberta, Canada,” dailymail.co.uk reports. “Suddenly one of the boys pulled out a [“flip”] knife and began to threaten the other turning an scuffle into a potentially deadly situation. The heroic teenager charged and tackled the knife-brandishing youngster into a wall sending both attacker and knife falling to the floor.” Ta-da! Uh, no. “According to the Calgary Board of Education, Briar should have left the scene to find a teacher – abandoning the unarmed student.” So the school suspended him for the rest of the school day. Mum’s not happy . . .
“When did we decide as a society to allow our children to grow up without spines? Without a decent sense of the difference between right and wrong?
‘We’re coddling kids and that doesn’t make for strong individuals when they grow up – what are we teaching these children?”
Good point! And here’s another one: who is teaching these children? How many male teachers does young Brian’s school have and where’s his Dad in all this?
You could say that the lack of male authority figures in young boys’ lives may have something to do with the feminization that Mrs. Maclean decries, but I couldn’t possible comment. Neither can the lawsuit shy school system:
A spokeswoman for the Calgary Board of Education said details of the incident could not be discussed due to privacy regulations.
God forbid someone should teach young boys how to disarm an attacker. Just sayin’ . . .