In February, a high school student in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan wore a "Make America Great Again" hat to school.
This Grade 9 kid name Bryce Baumann likes politics; Moose Jaw is pretty conservative; so he wears the hat to school.
Then, according to Bryce's dad Darin, who appeared as a guest on John Gormley's radio show, his son's teacher told the boy he had "a face he’d like to punch." The same teacher told other kids to “boo” him, that he’s racist.
But here’s how the local newspaper ran the story:
Spat over MAGA hat at Peacock Collegiate ends in resolution
All parties moving forward after disagreement between student and teacher at Peacock over a "Make America Great Again" hat
An incident involved a teacher and a student is gaining plenty of attention on social media, but Tony Baldwin, director of education for the Prairie South School Division is pleased with how the school reacted to the incident.
A "spat"? A "disagreement"? That’s not journalism. That’s un-journalism:
Folks, someone might have been talking about something. But it’s over anyways, and we’re all moving forward.
Let me read one more line that’s just precious:
"In general I don't talk about disciplinary things, but I can tell you there was absolutely no disciplinary action taken against either the student or the teacher. That was never in the conversation," Baldwin said.
Wow. That kid is so lucky he wasn’t "disciplined"! He was equally to blame here, wasn’t he, wearing a hat? I mean, it takes two to boo; you have the booing and the person being booed. It takes two to threaten to punch someone in the face — the guy with the face, and the prospective face-puncher. So, both parties regret what happened and are moving forward — and we’ll let the kid off this time!
I was curious, so we sent in an Access to Information request to the school board for their records on the matter.
And it won't surprise you to learn that the school's records show them to be damned liars.
TONIGHT I'll show you these documents, and you can see them all, below.
Through letters and other records, you'll learn what the hat-wearing student Bryce Baumann said happened, you'll see the letter his father sent to the school, and most importantly, what that teacher Bert Redstone said to the father via email.
Redstone made what's called an ironic apology, saying in effect, "I'm sorry your kid is so thin-skinned." He says he had no idea the student "took it personally" — but how else do you take being told you have a punchable face? Being denounced as a racist? Being told to stand there while other kids were instructed to boo you?
What a disgrace.
But hey — the local newspaper said it was all great, nothing was wrong, they didn’t even describe what happened.
If some student had worn an Obama shirt to class, and a teacher had made him or her stand up, to be booed, to be called names, to be told they had a punchable face — or say, a Trudeau shirt, not that that’s a thing — do you think it would have ended this way?
With the teacher’s identity a secret; with his threat kept a secret; with no discipline whatsoever; with the school board covering for him, even blaming the kid?
And if that’s how it is with our teachers unions in right wing Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, imagine what it’s like in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal...
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