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Doing what’s right doesn’t always mean following the rules.

Seventh grader Brian Maclean stopped a bully from stabbing a classmate and was reprimanded by the school for his act. Brian’s mother in the interview was incredulous, stating that “we aren’t raising our children to be strong. Who will be our heroes? Our firefighters? Our Army guys?”

Who indeed?

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Austin Petersen

Austin Petersen is the founder of The Libertarian Republic, as well as the CEO of Stonegait LLC. Formerly an Associate Producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano's show "Freedom Watch", on the Fox Business Network. Austin was referred to by the Judge as "The right side of my brain". He built Judge Napolitano's social networks with over 700,000 fans and millions of clicks a month. Austin graduated from Missouri State University. He has written and produced award winning plays and videos, and previously worked for the Libertarian National Committee and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.

  • Jason Spencer

    Great job, Brian!

  • Sammuel Nevarez

    Brian, we need more young men like you.

  • Matt Vaughn

    The school has a bad policy, period. Ignore it every time. Trust your judgement.

    • Ronald Hunter

      Schools seem to think that using reason, and making decisions is a bad thing, so they have these ‘zero tolerance’ rules that often put them in the position of looking like the fools they are, all in the interest of NOT getting sued.

  • Excellent job from southern California!

  • William Bragg

    Good job Briar.

  • Tyler Fischella

    Brian you are a great example! Keep it up! The system is backwards and people like you are the only thing standing to defend whats right!

  • Raymond Chilensky

    We’re training our kids to victims.

  • vicki

    How would the teachers have felt if it was they child being hurt, or even there self?Great job young man.Great job mom. SHAME ON THAT SCHOOL!!!!!!!!

  • Robert White

    The lesson here is simple. “Trust in Big Brother!” “Do not seek to stand up for yourself or others. The System is here to take care of you.” Well done to Brian! Anyone who would stand up like this will always have to adversaries, the bully and the authorities. Both seeking to control and punish the righteous.

  • Mary Spangenberg

    Okay Brian this teacher says good job even though it is not one of your own.

    I can see both sides of the argument. It is always wise to involve an adult at school so I do not think the rules are wrong per say. Research says the part of the brain that develops for higher level thinking occurs at age 25 years old. However, with that said this kid probably has more sense than many adults. I do not agree with the comments from the announcer though about the rules only being there to be authoritarian. That was misleading of the guy to say that. Lawsuits and bully issues have directed many rules such as this. “Educrats” as he so rudely puts it have had their hands tied in many cases. Of course with the confidentiality issues not sure we have all the information in the case.

    Good job to the boy for being very brave and helping his classmate. He is wonderful and mom should be very proud. I know I would be overjoyed to have a son such a him.

    At our school he would not have been suspended either. I think everyone would have been very happy and made an exception in this case. Brian did say he was not suspended though so I am not sure what all the yelling is about. He just had to stay in the office for the day as the investigation took place. I am not sure what that means though but an investigation is standard procedure in all instances. I am sure you would appreciate a full investigation to determine your innocence or guilt in a case such as this.

    The story sounds more like an issue with how the boy is being treated by his school staff then a disciplinarian”educrat” type of thing. The anoouncer sounds pretty biased against schools. Try working in one for a day sir.

    Keep up the great job Brian.

    • YERMOM182

      Often in life there is no help coming. The Boy did the right thing, and the School is retarded for punishing him.

      End of Story.

    • cybervigilante

      The problem is not the rule so much as the idiot administrator who can’t fathom that there are exceptions to rules.

      • Russ Ramey

        Likely part of the feminazation of the West…

  • $22015102

    Awesome job Brian! Defy all who foolishly want to feminize men. The time to do something about someone like that is right when you did. Even though you’re still young I can SEE the look of a MAN in your eyes.

  • YERMOM182

    clearly this young man should be home schooled.

  • Ronald Hunter

    Sometimes doing the right thing brings pain, and punishment. Courage to do the right thing is way more important than following rules that endanger others.

  • richard

    This is just another part of the Progressive plan. Destroy exceptional behavior and punish those who are not mediocre. Good Job Brian. You should have received a medal.

  • Roy

    Well done Brian, always makes me proud to see these kinds of heroics.

  • Candy

    To tell a young child NOT to help in a situation that MORALLY REQUIRES help is totally and utterly insulting and pathetic! The sad thing isn’t the fact that he got in trouble for reacting under pressure and STOPPING a bully but the fact that they would actually have wanted him to run away from the situation to find a teacher which, in that short amount of time, the bully could have quickly plunged his knife into the other student causing harm or death and then no one would’ve been able help until medical professionals were called. THAT would’ve taken even MORE time too!! Every second counts and people don’t get that! If you have to defend yourself or someone else you’re not going to do it by standing by and call the police and wait for them while someone is causing you bodily harm! FUCK no! Because no person who’s intent is to cause harm is going to wait either!! Briar DID the right thing and DAMN you if you think he didn’t, SHAME on you if you think he didn’t! You’re a pansy little pussified cry-baby if you think what he did was ‘wrong’. NEVER be the victim and if you’re a good person and can help someone else, never STAND by.

  • Candy

    They show in movies ALL the time that those characters who may be seeing someone get mugged or hurt just standing by cowering….you never like that character in the movie do you? NO. So why would you support that in real life?! Why would you want an injured or possibly dead child on your hands VS someone standing up to the bully to prevent any harm that he might intend on inflicting!? We’ll never know if that student would’ve died that day because Briar stopped it from happening and THAT is a good thing, not something you reprimand. Wearing a pink shirt and trying to pass anti-bullying laws aren’t going to do SHI* either because those with intent to harm don’t care. If you stand for nothing you’ll fall for everything.

  • writingferret

    He wasn’t punished, though. He was just “berated”, in his own words. He even admitted that he wasn’t punished at all. He was kept in the principals office for the rest of the day, but he was involved in a fight that included a knife. They were probably making sure the whole thing wasn’t some sort of prequel to a gang fight or something. We also don’t know how much “the rest of the day” was. It may have been the rest of that class period, which would have been absolutely normal.

    Should he have been praised for what he did? Sure, if he’s telling the whole story and nothing but the truth, which in itself would be exceptional in a kid of that age.

    Honestly, it looks to me that he did the obvious and right thing, and is upset at the lack of attaboys.

  • ratmand

    I find it troublesome that we are turning into a society where we rely on authorities to protect and think for us. It’s like the kids are being turned into sheep.

  • DanTheRed

    Brian, you are a hero. The school is being stupid, plain and simple. You did the right thing. There’s no where in this world where NOT helping is okay. Good on you. Find a new school, kid.

  • The school lost the right to take a stance as soon as a knife was pulled on school grounds.

  • tandee

    It’s deliberate. Teachers have been indoctrinated for decades by college professors who have infiltrated the educational system for the express purpose of weakening our free nations to such an extent that it would make it easier for our enemies to conquer us. If the enemy can make us hesitate for just an instant at a critical juncture, that is just enough time to take us out.

  • Cypher

    Good job to mom and dad for raising this boy right. Kudos to Brian for his courage and doing the right thing.

  • disqus_6npiJ7fVP4

    Cute mom. I wonder if she needs a man in her life…

  • disqus_RHGdyDPoP6

    when you learn CPR… you don’t run and call for help because the person would be likely to die. if someone is around you appoint them to call for help. Otherwise you initiate the LIFE SAVING skills to save the life.
    then again I guess we don’t require CPR be taught to everyone… or in that case basic life skills
    good for the kid to act, stupid the other kids didn’t yell for help, and embarrassing the school punished him.
    sure ok you could have been hurt. sure school policy says button your pants then zip your fly but you zipped and then buttoned… you didn’t steal the knife stab the kid hide the knife blame someone else and allow a mass murder suicide.
    then again.. society teaches shit and wonders why shit happens.

  • Matt Beattie

    I’d gladly go to prison if it meant stopping someone from being stabbed…Life is too important. The kid made the right choice…Fuck detention. He saved someone’s life! The kids a legend!

  • Seth A. Yellin

    Murica….. comprised of some punished heros, some cowards, many obese, many dirty politicians (redundant), etc. SMFH. Namaste. Bless.

  • Erikdravn

    It’s society’s way of creating pre-made victims. Watch out Canada, or you will become what us Americans are. That is to say, doomed to social failure and government repression. If we are made to be complacent, then we are part of the problem, not part of the solution. I believe EVERYONE should stand up for their rights… and the rights of their fellow human beings.

  • Face

    It fits into the Democrats’ agenda: to make everyone completely dependent on authority.

  • Liz

    What’s happened here is disgusting. But to compare it to the horrific murder of Lee Rigby? To condemn people for not trying to stop an axe wielding maniac? That’s disgusting. As it happened 3 women did step in that day and prayed with the Lee Rigby, protecting his body from further harm. All they could do when the damage was done and realistically it could only have been a bad outcome from anyone trying to stop a clearly unhinged man who threatened any male who tried to come closer but bizarrely allowed females. That news crew are disgusting for trying to compare it to that and should be ashamed

  • Daniel Deadman

    Are teachers stupid? Brian you did the absolute right thing, great job dude!

  • Chandler Whittaker

    does NOBODY notice he keeps saying “briar” like the kids name is actually fucking briar, what an dumbass anchor, get someone who can actually read the fucking que cards it cant be that hard

  • Marcus1571

    Maclean, McClane…. it’s the last name…

  • Guest

    hey dumb asses its BRIAR not Brian ,.,, BRIAR,, what kind of reporter gets names wrong? A STUPID LIBtard JOURNALIST

  • magormissabib

    cool kid!

  • Eric

    The mom is hot, and the school district is ignorant…

  • Fred Belmedioni

    Brian Maclean is a genuine hero, someone who values others’ life and believes in standing up to bullies… A real threat to the NWO’s thugs and tyrants.

  • MrPuzzleBox

    SH1T-CAN the Administration from the Superintendent on down. It many places, you can vote them out at election time.

  • Travis Badjib

    Good boy, great work!

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    WTF is wrong with people