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Old 07-18-2011, 06:20 PM   #1
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Anti-bullying activist punched coach

By KEVIN MARTIN, QMI Agency


http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/20.../18429056.html



The homepage of Haltnow.ca, an anti-bullying website run by John Clarkson Perry.

CALGARY - The Calgary founder of an anti-bullying website won't have to go to jail for a case of batting cage rage, a judge ruled Friday.

But provincial court Judge Cheryl Daniel said a conditional discharge sought by the defence, which would have left John Clarkson Perry without a criminal record, was not appropriate.

Daniel noted Perry's actions in sucker-punching a fellow baseball coach in front of young players and their parents was the kind of bullying conduct society condemns.

"He took an aggressive, hard-line, bullying position, swore, raised his voice and took a deliberately confrontational stance," Daniel said, in her written ruling.

"He sucker-punched a man whose back was turned, in circumstances that were not objectively threatening in any way to him," she said.

In handing Perry a suspended sentence and 12 months of probation, Daniel said it was ironic the city man runs a website - Humanity Against Local Terrorism - aimed at curtailing bullying.


"The role-model Mr. Perry projected for his sons and young team members was that of a confrontational and aggressive bully," Daniel said.

"A person ... who used his fists before engaging his brain to weigh other more reasonable actions."

Perry was convicted of assault causing bodily harm in connection with a June, 2009, incident at a city batting cage.

He had gotten into a verbal altercation with another coach, Scott Oldale, just before the attack.

Oldale was bent over picking up baseballs when Perry approached from behind, and, with an uppercut, punched his victim in the face.

After the assault Perry turned to the young players from both teams who had witnessed the attack and attempted to justify his conduct, Daniel said.

"He aggressively tried to justify his actions ... saying words to the effect of: 'You're looking at me because I hurt him with my hands. Was it okay for him to hurt me with his words?'" the judge noted.

Oldale required seven stitches to the bridge of his nose and later required reconstructive surgery on his nasal passage and bones.

Crown prosecutor Adam May had sought a short period of jail coupled with probation.

Defence lawyer Bob Sawers suggested a conditional discharge, arguing but for the assault, Perry had led an exemplary life.

As part of his sentence, Perry is to take any counselling, including for anger management, recommended by probation.

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Old 07-18-2011, 06:22 PM   #2
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IMHO, the parents are really competing with each other, using the kids as proxies.
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IMHO, the parents are really competing with each other, using the kids as proxies.
How many kids do you have?
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How many kids do you have?
Two girls.
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I have 2 boys. The oldest was on front page of the sports section in Pensacola at 14. He played 3 years of AA ball. But that was his thing,I sucked at sports.
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It seems to be the case with everything, that people that preach to people are usually the worst offenders themselves.
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It seems to be the case with everything, that people that preach to people are usually the worst offenders themselves.
It's supposedly called Reaction Formation.
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'You're looking at me because I hurt him with my hands. Was it okay for him to hurt me with his words?'"

What a disgusting excuse. This coward should have received jail time.
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"Was it okay for him to hurt me with his words?"
Yes. Offensive speech is protected.
"Incitement speech" is yet another thing.

Some years ago in the U of MD school newspaper, The Diamondback, a bunch of frat boys wrote in that the school's cheerleaders were 'dogs.'
It is protected speech but what an uproar there was about that.

Plus they said the cheerleaders of the visiting teams were always prettier; I guess they never heard about "the grass is always greener. . .".

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