On May 28th, 2013, Briar MacLean, a 13 year old student of Sir John A. Macdonald Junior High School, Calgary, was in a study period at school, when a situation broke out between 2 pupils, one of whom was being bullied, and was put in a headlock by the other child. Briar saw his classmate being headlocked, and was not aware that the bully was in possession of a knife.
Without any thought for himself or his safety, Briar stepped in and defended his classmate, and pushed the teenaged bully away.
His teacher took notice of this and called the principal. Briar went round the rest of the day as normal, until at 4th period, he was called to the vice-principal's office, and was not allowed to leave.
His parents were contacted, and told he'd been involved in an "incident" - that he'd decided to "play hero". Briar's mom was told that the school did not condone heroics. When she questioned this by asking if, in the time it took for Briar to get a teacher, the other child's throat could have been cut, she was told "Yes, but that's beside the point."
Briar has been clearly wronged by the school, and Calgary Police Service are "investigating" the incident. The bully even made a statement to police.
It is the intention of those undersigned on this petition, to formally and openly ask that the Principal and Vice-Principal of Sir James A. Macdonald Junior High School, the Chief Superintendent and Members of the Calgary Board of Education, and the Calgary Police Service, to recognize the brave actions of Briar MacLean, and to formally commend him for protecting his classmate, IN PUBLIC.
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