School officials at an elementary school in Canada chose to cancel Wednesday’s Montreal Canadiens Jersey Day because one or more kids might possibly wear jerseys representing the Boston Bruins, the team the Canadiens are currently facing in the NHL playoffs.
The cancelation kerfuffle occurred at Honoré-Mercier Elementary School in St-Leonard, a borough of Montreal, reports CBC News.
The plan had been to allow students to wear jerseys instead of their normal school uniforms. However, school officials recalled that an 11-year-old fan of the Bruins had been forced to remove a Bobby Orr shirt on a prior Canadiens Jersey Day.
Orr is a legendary hockey player who skated for the Bruins for 10 seasons during the 1960s and 1970s.
The unidentified girl’s father, Tony Pasquale, said he does not agree with the school’s authoritarian approach.
“She’s been a Boston Bruins fan all her life, so she kinda felt really bad,” the mad dad told CBC News. “She felt kind of excluded from the school.”
Pasquale added that allowing students to wear a jersey representing a different team could teach the value of sportsmanship.
School officials defended the decision.
“We don’t think it’s prudent for a student to wear a Boston Bruins jersey in a school during this very intensive playoff,” school board spokesman Mike Cohen told CBC.
“At this stage in the game, with the Canadiens leading the series 2-1, why ignite things? Why create a controversy?”
Thursday night, the Bruins beat the Canadiens in overtime to even the seven-game Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-2.
As The Daily Caller and, quite frankly, the rest of the civilized world have long noted, the frozen tundra of Canada is a bizarro place land full of goofy prohibitions.
In November, for example, an elementary school in the suburbs of Vancouver instituted a policy outlawing all touching of any kind between kindergarteners during recess, over injury fears. (Canadian elementary school outlaws all touching on playground for kindergarteners)
Also in November, the health and education editor of the The McGill Daily advised the world that Movember – a month-long pledge by men to grow hair above the upper lip to support men’s health awareness – is “sexist, racist, transphobic, and misinformed.” (RELATED: Movember declared ‘sexist, racist, transphobic’ at Canada’s sorry imitation of Harvard)
In March, protesters, including a man dressed as a giant vagina, successfully terminated a speech by an anti-abortion member of Canada’s House of Commons at the University of Waterloo. (RELATED: A guy dressed as a giant vagina shouts down Canadian lawmaker over abortion)
And last January, a seventh-year undergraduate student at Carleton University wrecked an on-campus “Free Speech Wall” because, he explained, “inclusive, safe spaces are not places where you can have unregulated free speech.” (RELATED: Canadian student who tore down ‘free speech wall’ defends his actions, views)