I wrote about Erik Millett a few months ago when it came to light that this former school principle had banned ‘O Canada, our national anthem, from Belleisle Elementary. I said that this man was a tool, probably did drugs (pointing to apparent intoxication during his CBC interview), was a pathetic excuse for a Canadian, etc but never did I threaten his life. Why bother? He isn’t worth the effort. Millett is the kind of pansy you chase off your lawn with a stick, not by hitting him with it, but by waving it around angrily. So when Brad Howland threatened Millett’s life, he crossed not only a moral line, but a legal one.
A Kars man who threatened a Belleisle Elementary School principal at the centre of a controversy over the playing of O Canada was given a conditional discharge Friday and placed on probation for eight months.
Brad Howland’s brain “became somewhat disengaged from his mouth,” Judge Henrik Tonning said in handing down sentence in Sussex provincial court.
Howland, who has children at Belleisle Elementary, also has to pay a $500 fine to cover out-of-pocket expenses for both principal Erik Millett and his partner.
Tonning said educators must be protected from people such as Howland who “took matters into his own hands” and used the wrong approach to solving a difference of opinion.
The judge said he believes Howland’s motivation came from concern for his community, but he “let his passion for the issue misguide his words.”
If Howland, 43, stays away from Millett and his partner, Marie-Christine Cauchon, for the next eight months and keeps off all school premises unless accompanied by his wife, he will not have a criminal record.
Howland was found guilty on July 23 of uttering the threats to Millett in the principal’s office of the school on Jan. 31. It was at the height of what became a national controversy over the appropriate singing of O Canada that Howland visited Millett and said he would drag him outside by the collar and beat him senseless if the school’s secretary wasn’t there to witness it.
Howland also said he had supporters standing behind him that would help drive Millett from the community…
Even a disgrace like Millett deserves legal protection when his life is threatened, and I will not support anyone who decides to use the threat of violence to further a social agenda. I will, however, support Howland’s efforts to drive this political radical from their community, as long as from now on they are peaceful. Why? Well keep reading the Telegraph Journal article.
…Outside the court, Millett said he accepts Howland’s apology and considered it sincere.
However, he demanded an apology from Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson.
Thompson criticized the anthem decision in an interview with the Telegraph-Journal in January. He told the newspaper Millett lacks sensitivity on some issues and embarrassed himself by curtailing the singing of the anthem.
Millett has given Thompson one week to apologize and said if he doesn’t, he will call on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to fire him.
If Thompson isn’t fired, Millett said he will sue Thompson for defamation of character.
Thompson said he is standing by the comments he made in the newspaper story.
“I stand by everything I said in that story. Period,” Thompson said after hearing of Millett’s ultimatum Friday.
Millett also threatened to file a lawsuit against parent Susan Boyd unless he receives an apology from her within a week.
Boyd was one of the most vocal parents fighting for restoration of the daily playing of the anthem. She could not be reached for comment.
I have no use for such a disgraceful little pansy. To use his legal victory against Howland to go after not only Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson, who’s crime was speaking the truth, but Susan Boyd, the mother of the “whistle-blower” Kara Boyd, is downright disgusting. Just because Judge Henrik Tonning said it was wrong for someone to threatening Millett’s life, it doesn’t mean he can now go after everyone who pointed out that his stupidity is what got him the threats of violence in the first place. When this story broke a few months ago, Tammy Robert of News Talk 980 CJME asked whether anyone felt sorry for Millett. She concluded in her blog post that neither he, nor the parents who complained about the anthem should receive any sympathy, and after reading the Telegraph Journal article, I can’t help but strongly agree.
The problem with Erik Millett is that, having failed in all other pursuits, he now tries to justify his lunacy by abusing our legal system. Millett’s abuse of his position as principle cost him his job, but instead of taking a hint, retreating from the spotlight to rebuild the career that he himself destroyed, this moron is giving his critics more and more reasons to target him. I myself would have left this alone if not for his desire to lash out against the Boyd family for exposing him as a political deviant. It is because of Boyds and others parents that bloggers like myself decided to looking into Millett’s background and find out who he really was. Erza Levant wrote an article a few months back exposing this disgrace as a fringe-left radical, who’s political idols included Che Guevera, Noam Chomsky, and Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz). Knowing this, how was such a lunatic even allowed near children with such perverted political views? Who would want their children to be “educated” by such a radical? Disgraceful.
Yes it is upsetting that some would threaten his life, but that doesn’t mean Millett is the victim in all this. By banning the national anthem, he attacked our national identity, and while we shouldn’t cross legal lines, we should be allowed to express our outrage at this disgrace. This ongoing farce should force us not only reexamine the importance of the national anthem, but also whether or not there are more teachers and principles like Erik Millett hiding in schools across this great land of ours. I am sure he isn’t the only one trying to “re-educate” children to be intolerant of displays of patriotism, especially having seen it myself in high school and university. If anything can be learned from this event, it’s that those preaching “anti-patriotism” can’t defend their actions, and that if we stay within the law to voice our concerns, we can drive them out of from position of importance…
As for Erik Millet himself, I have one thing to say; GET LOST YOU PANSY! If you can’t take a little criticism for attacking our country, you don’t belong in it… A pathetic waste of citizenship…
UPDATE: I pride myself on giving credit where credit is due, and I have to say The Nexus of Assholery was far kinder to Erik Millet than I could allow myself to be. Although more fair and balanced than my post, Nexus does reach the same conclusion that I do, that Millett himself is the one to blame for the criticism he is getting. A very good post and I recommend those reading this post give it a read.
Also, for those who have read my posts on China and my experiences there, give this one a read. Another good post from Nexus, and I can’t agree with it more, especially since I have been to the country myself.