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Principal issues statement after sending Calgary boy who tackled knife-wielder home

Briar was punished at his school, Sir John A. MacDonald for stepping in a and helping another student from being stabbed Tuesday morning

Credits: DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI AGENCY

DAMIEN WOOD | QMI AGENCY

CALGARY — The principal of a Calgary school where one student broke up a fight that could've turned into a stabbing has made a statement to parents.

On May 28, Briar MacLean, 13, a Grade 7 student at Sir John A. Macdonald school, opted for action instead of running in search of a teacher when a student pulled a knife during a fight.

After tackling the student, MacLean was sent to the school office, then home.

His mom, Leah O'Donnell, took exception to her boy being made to feel like he was in trouble, and QMI Agency readers shared that sentiment.

The school and Calgary Board of Education didn't comment until Friday, in a letter to parents on the school's website.

"The student who reportedly intervened was asked to remain in the office to explain what happened but was in no way disciplined," school principal Michael Bester wrote.

"Two students were suspended as a result of their behaviour in this incident.

"It is not recommended that students intervene in incidents such as this to ensure their own safety. There was a teacher nearby who could have been asked to assist before the third student became involved."

O'Donnell maintained MacLean was sternly lectured for "playing the hero."

O'Donnell is still proud of her boy's decision to step in. Weapon or no weapon, assault is assault, she said.

"If someone were punching me in the face, I'd want somebody to stop them," she said.

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