"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.”
Read the full story HERE.
Watch his video interview of him and his mother:
His mother also stated this:
"Isn't that horrible?" O'Donnell said, "We've taught him to do the right thing and to step in — in our family we teach our children that they need to stand up for others and not run from danger out of self-preservation."
The incident made the front page of the Calgary Sun. O'Donnell bought multiple copies, beaming with pride that her son stepped in to protect someone in need rather than turning a blind eye and sitting quietly."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?"
Here are my thoughts on the topic:
I understand there might be a time to use discretion and calling for authorities is wiser but I think there is also DEFINITELY a time to do the right thing especially as men (or as sons growing up to become men) if it within their power to do so. God has put into many men a protective instinct that is part of their being and that they will act on that--for that I am grateful. We see that all the time, as stated in the video interview, with policemen, firefighters, and soldiers.
Courage, nobility, bravery and heroism does not have to be a thing of the past. In fact, I greatly desire to raise sons who have these qualities.
I also know that if it were my son that the knife was being pulled on I would have been grateful for anyone who had the courage enough to stop it. Wouldn't you?
What are your thoughts: Do you think this boy should have intervened or not or do you think that we as a culture are pressuring boys/men not to intervene and to merely be onlookers?
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