'O Canada' trial finds parent guilty
A parent who threatened a principal of an Elementary School, who scaled down the playing of the Canadian national was found guilty.
Erik Millett, former principal of Belleisle Elementary School of New Brunswick had quit as principal after receiving thousands of threats including that of Bradly Howland for scaling down playing O Canada.
During the trial last week, Millett said he received quite a few "harassing" phone messages and emails in late January, despite the fact the decision had been made 18 months earlier.
Millett said he had welcomed Howland into his office and asked how he could help when the visitor started a verbal attack.
"Mr. Howland said, 'You are an embarrassment to the community and you should be ashamed of yourself,' " Millett testified.
"He then said, 'If your secretary wasn't out there in the office I'd drag you by your collar to the parking lot and beat you senseless.' "
Millett stated he scaled down the playing of O Canada, because two families objected to their children participating for religious reasons.
"I think it's a clear and utter vindication of myself and my attempt to uphold and respect the rights of minorities in this country," he said.
Millett who quit as a principal will teach social studies, focusing on Canadian Identity at Hampton High School.
Millett, who resigned as principal following the incident, will return to teaching this fall at Hampton High School.
He said some may find it ironic that he'll be a social studies teacher, focusing on Canadian Identity.
The sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 28th and Howland could face as much as six months in jail.
However, Howland said that's the war is won and this is just a little battle referring to legislation that made singing the anthem mandatory in all schools in the province.
Outside court, Howland claimed victory — no matter the outcome of the case.
"I guess we’ve won the war. We have the national anthem played in all the schools in New Brunswick, which is a war won. We also have a new principal coming that has wisdom and morals.… In my mind, that’s the war won, and this is just a little battle," he said.
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