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Calgary student, 13, reprimanded for defending his classmate against a knife-wielding bully
National Post ^ | 5.31

Posted on 06/02/2013 12:50:59 PM PDT by Arthurio

Briar MacLean was sitting in class during a study period Tuesday, the teacher was on the other side of the room and, as Grade 7 bullies are wont to do, one kid started harassing another.

“I was in between two desks and he was poking and prodding the guy,” Briar, 13, said at the kitchen table of his Calgary home Friday.

“He put him in a headlock, and I saw that.”

He added he didn’t see the knife, but “I heard the flick, and I heard them say there was a knife.”

I heard the flick, and I heard them say there was a knife

The rest was just instinct. Briar stepped up to defend his classmate, pushing the knife-wielding bully away.

The teacher took notice, the principal was summoned and Briar went about his day. It wasn’t until fourth period everything went haywire.

“I got called to the office and I wasn’t able to leave until the end of the day,” he said.

That’s when Leah O’Donnell, Briar’s mother, received a call from the vice-principal.

“They phoned me and said, ‘Briar was involved in an incident today,’” she said. “That he decided to ‘play hero’ and jump in.”

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.

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1 posted on 06/02/2013 12:50:59 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

They just can’t resist trying to beat us all into submission.

Bastards.


2 posted on 06/02/2013 12:52:26 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Arthurio

Liberals are such pie in they sky airheads.

If bad folks know that the good folks will swam them if they pull this stuff, they’ll think twice.

So instead of encouraging the good kids to stand together, they basically give the bad guy a free ticket to ride.

Yes, the kid may or may not get justice later, but what about the sliced kid or dead kid?

The principle and teacher that put this kid down, should be fired.


3 posted on 06/02/2013 12:57:34 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Funny thing happened on the way to the Constitution burning, Lefties rights were violated...)
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To: Aria

No kidding...

Good kids have no rights whatsoever.


4 posted on 06/02/2013 12:58:20 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Funny thing happened on the way to the Constitution burning, Lefties rights were violated...)
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To: DoughtyOne

yes, but that’s beside the point. That we ‘don’t condone heroics in this school.’ ”

What is one more dead kid? It’s just another very late term abortion anyway.

This is the result of “no tolerance” policies; it leads to an absence of common sense.


5 posted on 06/02/2013 1:05:17 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the alter of "gun free zones"?)
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To: fanfan; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Arthurio.
Leah O’Donnell, Briar’s mother, received a call from the vice-principal. “They phoned me and said, ‘Briar was involved in an incident today,’” she said. “That he decided to ‘play hero’ and jump in.” 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.’ ”
The entire administration of that school should be required to stay after every day for the next year and write "I WILL NOT ENABLE BULLYING AND VIOLENCE." on the chalkboard one hundred thousand times each.


6 posted on 06/02/2013 1:07:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: logic101.net

Sure seems to. That kid the other day brought a cap-gun to school and the school officials nearly went into cardiac arrest. It was Kindergarten for heaven’s sake. The little five year old didn’t know any better. Good grief.

We’ve got the brainless leading the innocents.

And so the brainless implement the homosexual agenda, because you know, it’s the right thing to do.


7 posted on 06/02/2013 1:08:37 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Funny thing happened on the way to the Constitution burning, Lefties rights were violated...)
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To: Arthurio
The wussification of Western Males continues apace...
Hard to be sure what the cause is. In the general sense it's liberalism, pacifism, progressivism, or whatever -ism is the cultural fashion this week.

In the specific sense, my belief is the relentless drumbeat of the pervert subculture.
The GLBT crowd will not retreat; until beaten down unequivocally. Social pressure and limitless legislation notwithstanding.

8 posted on 06/02/2013 1:09:07 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: Aria
Yeah, having a nation filled with people looking out for others would just be awful... What we need is a society of people asking the government to solve problems for them.
9 posted on 06/02/2013 1:10:10 PM PDT by NullPointerException
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To: Arthurio

The youngster Blair is more of a man then the “educators”

I’d take him as my wing man any day....Mama should be very proud!!


10 posted on 06/02/2013 1:12:01 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (The government rejects the natural law because it is an obstacle to its control over us.)
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To: SunkenCiv
The entire administrative staff in that school should be put somewhere they can't get to children.

Gad!

11 posted on 06/02/2013 1:14:10 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Arthurio
The incident is being investigated and no one has been charged.

Sooner, rather than later, I know the name and image of the "macho" posturing bully will be available on the web.
And the punishment will be widespread and universal.

The Calgary Board of Education did not respond to a request for comment.

I do hope that board is an elected one, and the good people of Calgary know how to remedy that problem.

12 posted on 06/02/2013 1:14:36 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: Arthurio
Since this is from Canada, although not exactly international, it does make me think that there is universal behavior amongst kids that age. I recall so-called bullies from my early teen years and how they were dealt with. What is different today from the mid-70's when I was an early teen, is that school teachers would let you fix the problem. The result in "fixing the problem" worked out well for the bully and the kid being bullied.

I was an unassuming kid, not a bully, not super popular, but I had plenty of friends in 8th grade. I made good grades and I didn't get into trouble. There was this kid that was about 6 foot tall, a good 8-inches taller than me that decided to make me his target in gym class. He wasn't a jock, and I can't say I was jock either, I was more of an academic, but I fit into the jock set at the time since I played football, wrestled and played baseball. After gym class one day as we were getting dressed in the locker room the tall bully literally snuck me with a upper cut as I was tying my shoe on a bench. I immediately put him into a head lock and start to pound on his face in self defense. This drew everyone in the locker room around including the gym teachers. The gym teachers stood there watching as I decimated this kids face. I recall looking up and saying to a gym teacher, "If I let this guy up, he's going to kill me. Are you going to stop it?" He let me continue to punch this kid's face in until I was too tired to continue. That is when the gym teacher broke things up.

I was sent home for the rest of the day because my pants were covered in blood. The bully was suspended for 10 days. I remember being worried when he came back to school because I would see him the halls and I figured he would come after me the moment he saw me again.

I vividly remember walking down the hall at school the day he came back and seeing him move from the middle the hall to the lockers along the side of the hall to avoid me.

The bottom line, the bully learned a lesson. I gained some confidence and a ton of respect for doing the right thing. The teachers let it happen, because this is how 13 and 14 year boys behave before they become men.

13 posted on 06/02/2013 1:26:07 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: DoughtyOne
Liberals are such pie in they sky airheads.

That reminds me of something I read in the last 24 hours, by one of my favorite authors ever, Florence King, in a column written the last day of the year 2001.

”As always, language irritants have abounded this past year. Leading the list is "It's not a matter of if, but when" in reference to the next terror attack. I don't contest the truth of it; what irks me is the preening that accompanies it — liberals suddenly advertising themselves as realists after spending their entire pre-Sept. 11 lives as total idiots.”
Florence King, Dec 31, 2001

14 posted on 06/02/2013 1:26:44 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: SunkenCiv
The entire administration of that school should be required to stay after every day for the next year and write "I WILL NOT ENABLE BULLYING AND VIOLENCE." on the chalkboard one hundred thousand times each.

Bingo

15 posted on 06/02/2013 1:27:08 PM PDT by GOPJ (Swedes bring their cars..savages their flames..burning cars a metaphor. D. Greenfield)
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To: publius911
...liberals suddenly advertising themselves as realists after spending their entire pre-Sept. 11 lives as total idiots. Florence King, Dec 31, 2001

I agree. It is also disconcerting to watch them act as if they have always supported a strong military, when they fight tooth and nail to dismantle what we have constantly.

16 posted on 06/02/2013 1:30:04 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Funny thing happened on the way to the Constitution burning, Lefties rights were violated...)
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To: DoughtyOne

That they are such pussies is OUR greatest strength, because when this eventually comes to a head... their wont really be a fight.

I would be MUCH more worried if they were the ones with all the guns and the will to use them.


17 posted on 06/02/2013 1:31:13 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Arthurio

“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.’ ”

Me:

” I don’t give a DAMN what you “condone”, my son did the right thing and is not responsible for your utter stupidity!”


18 posted on 06/02/2013 1:32:39 PM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

And that’s why they want gun control. LOL

Sadly though, they have aligned with gangs, and racially motivated anger groups. That can be very problematic.


19 posted on 06/02/2013 1:34:13 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Funny thing happened on the way to the Constitution burning, Lefties rights were violated...)
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To: ConservativeInPA
The teachers let it happen, because this is how 13 and 14 year boys behave before they become men.

Part and parcel of becoming men.

I had a bully on the bus that I finally got tired of and elbow punched hard to the solar plexus.

When he could breath again, he asked why I did that.

I 'splained.

He never bothered me again.

Turned out later that his old man was a drunk that beat his kids and wife.

Gotta feel a little bit sorry for the bullies when you thrash them into behaving like men.

/johnny

20 posted on 06/02/2013 1:35:18 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: NullPointerException
Yeah, having a nation filled with people looking out for others would just be awful... What we need is a society of people asking the government to solve problems for them.

Yeah.
Every time I see such mindless blather, I instantly think of the only rational reply :

"When seconds count, police are just minutes away."

21 posted on 06/02/2013 1:39:58 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Turned out later that his old man was a drunk that beat his kids and wife.

I had the same impression about that the kid that attacked me had a drunk of a father and received a carton cigarettes for a Christmas gift. Someone has to break the cycle, and I really think government isn't capable of doing it.

22 posted on 06/02/2013 1:42:14 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: Arthurio

The message is that we should always defer to the “Authorities”.


23 posted on 06/02/2013 1:53:17 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: ConservativeInPA
Children are small people that are forming rules about the world around them.

The messages they get from the world have a great impact on them.

Touch stove, burns, don't do that. That kind of stuff.

Interactions with other people are the same. When exposed to seriously deranged people (public school teachers), children tend to have a warped view of the world.

My most holy and important duty for the rest of my life is to mentor my grandchildren in a rational way that my kids may not be able to do. I have to pass on chivalry to the boys, and standing up for what is right.

Not that my kids won't, but I've got more gravitas, being older than dirt.

I'm not THAT old.

/johnny

24 posted on 06/02/2013 1:55:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: tbpiper
we should always defer to the “Authorities”.

Last I heard from the Declaration of Independence and the 10th Amendment... I AM the authority. Government depends on my acceptance of it.

/johnny

25 posted on 06/02/2013 1:56:26 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Aria

They are correct:”They don’t condone heroics”. What they call “heroics” requires initiative + confidence + testosterone. As the “vice principal” lacks all three, Briar put him to shame. And, yes, it would have been fine with them if the victim hadhad his throat cut so long as everyone followed procedure because in government schools :”Process is our most important product”!


26 posted on 06/02/2013 1:56:35 PM PDT by Repulican Donkey
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To: tbpiper
The message is that we should always defer to the “Authorities”.

Call me a contrarian, but since I was a teenager, I have held that it should be the reverse... the "authorities" should defer to their employers.

The older I get, the more strongly I feel about that.

27 posted on 06/02/2013 1:58:01 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: Arthurio

HURRAH FOR THE HERO


28 posted on 06/02/2013 1:59:22 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Arthurio

The insanity of the modern world is maddening. This school policy is like changing the Marine slogan “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome” to “Observe the problem, then go seek and inform a superior officer (so he can contact his superior) to find out what to do when lives are in danger on the battlefield”.

Common sense has been tossed out the door.


29 posted on 06/02/2013 2:00:24 PM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: ConservativeInPA; JRandomFreeper

Bullies are almost always the product of violent, dysfunctional homes, especially an abusive father.


30 posted on 06/02/2013 2:00:44 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Well you really cannot “beat them into behaving like men” although you may be able to open a helpful discussion once you’ve made it plain you will not be overcome by their guff. Helpful means with God in the middle of it.


31 posted on 06/02/2013 2:00:46 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
You can, however beat them into not bothering you anymore, and that's close enough, in my book.

/johnny

32 posted on 06/02/2013 2:07:14 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

If your book is God’s book, it often is not close enough.


33 posted on 06/02/2013 2:08:34 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: James C. Bennett
If only someone had explained that to me when I was 7 years old. I would have exploited that information.

Trust me that my grandsons have been briefed, and they aren't quite 7, yet.

/johnny

34 posted on 06/02/2013 2:09:15 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Johnny,
I might be a few years younger than you, but I am looking forward to my my grandchildren and giving them a better world than what we have. Your method is spot on. I plan the same thing.

My daughters are 16 and 18. I have to say that my word has declined recently due to their external influences, but I have a good 15 years of filling their brains with the right message. To this day, both of my daughters want to stay at home and raise a family (something that I have not been able to accomplish, since my wife has had to work one and off over the years.) I take that as a good sign.

I will continue to try to find ways to influence my children and when I have them, my grandchildren. I am going to be the granddaddy that takes his grandchildren fishing and hunting for the first time, teach them to provide for themselves, have confidence and most importantly have confidence and the ability to be happy in almost any circumstance.

35 posted on 06/02/2013 2:11:41 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: Arthurio

Found a Youtube interview with this kid. Very heartwarming to hear this kind of attitude still exists despite our education system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1ammvSP57Q


36 posted on 06/02/2013 2:22:35 PM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: Arthurio
we ‘don’t condone heroics in this school.

Actually they do condone heroics. But these days heroics is defined as an elitist Georgetown University coed demanding free contraception, and an NBA basketball player announcing he is homosexual immediately prior to going free-agent when there is a real need for some buzz to ensure a new contract.

Saving someone's life, not so much.

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'When I use a word,' Humpty O'Bumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'

37 posted on 06/02/2013 2:30:01 PM PDT by newheart (The worst thing the Left ever did was to convince the world it was not a religion.)
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To: Arthurio

Teachers and judges are of the same mindset. That is a curse on civilized people that societal decisions are made/given to other individuals to set the standards and punishments of others.I do believe that there has to be some form/means of tempering society between good and bad people/actions. However, I don’t like any individual public persons pontificating over others especially when so many themselves are morally corrupt.


38 posted on 06/02/2013 2:40:02 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: DoughtyOne

“Good kids have no rights whatsoever.”

No, here’s the problem: you can’t make money off of them.


39 posted on 06/02/2013 2:52:56 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Arthurio

If States try to turn their citizens into nancyboys just where do they think they’ll find people later to protect them at all?


40 posted on 06/02/2013 2:56:46 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: Arthurio

School administrator needs to be promptly unemployed in that profession. Permanent ban from ever setting foot on school property should be instituted against the individual as well.


41 posted on 06/02/2013 3:10:35 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Arthurio

The war on men.


42 posted on 06/02/2013 3:49:36 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’m sorry to hear that. It’s a good thing you did with your grandchildren.


43 posted on 06/02/2013 4:00:16 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Arthurio

The school is advocating a shabby moral standard, which I, for one, reject.


44 posted on 06/02/2013 4:09:47 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: publius911
In this case, I suspect that the Calgary Police Service were very close by. After all, there is a Tim Horton's approximately 0.2 km (1/8 mile) from the school!

Tim Horton's

45 posted on 06/02/2013 4:11:18 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: Arthurio

Idiots.... “go get a teacher” (who btw probably probably knows less about self-defense and crisis mitigation than a 7th grader does) “even if a life is in imminent danger”. So much for teaching kids responsibility! God Bless this kid.


46 posted on 06/02/2013 4:12:20 PM PDT by FutureRocketMan (Santorum 2016)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

47 posted on 06/02/2013 4:14:57 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: Arthurio

Just proves once again that to be a liberal requires that you put aside all wisdom and knowledge in the service of feel-good politics.


48 posted on 06/02/2013 4:44:44 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Arthurio
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

And what would the teacher do? Nothing but file a complaint after the fact. Maybe call the cops.

49 posted on 06/02/2013 5:05:32 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: Arthurio

BRIAR IS BATMAN!


50 posted on 06/02/2013 5:21:06 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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