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Sun's smudging editorial goes too far

In regards to the editorial in the Brandon Sun on Feb. 12 titled “Human Rights Complaint Unnecessary.”

I think you have overstepped your boundaries and abused your power to print an editorial in which you proceed to lecture your readership with your views on whether someone should or shouldn’t stand up for, what to them, is a personal issue. You decided to condemn Mr. Bunn for his actions instead of commending this young man for doing what a lot of us wish we could do … stand up for ourselves no matter what anyone has to say about it. For this I give young Mr. Bunn my accolades.

Democracy is the luxury of living in Canada. In this democracy system we have rights. We have deemed these rights to be — human rights. Who are you, Brandon Sun Editorial, to dictate when a person should or should not exercise their right to use the system that we as a society deemed necessary.

Mr. Bunn (a high school student) has decided to exercise his right to utilize human rights in his defence against a system that refused his explanations thinking the matter would go away. When the matter didn’t go away, it was only then that the system decided to “reach out to the Bunn family and find a workable solution” as the system recognized that its scent-free policy didn’t include the clause for religious smells.

The workable solution is simple. Mr. Bunn should smudge at his home and then proceed to school with the fragrance of that smudge on his clothing. The Brandon School Division should use this as a teaching moment and enlist the wisdom of the aboriginal elders to bring knowledge to the administration and teachers on the purposes of smudging. Smudging shouldn’t even be categorized with the smell of marijuana.

Personally I would rather smell the burning of the natural essence of sage and cedar mixed with real tobacco over the disgusting smell that comes from the poisonous toxins added to a cigarette and creates that odour that clings to a smoker’s clothing and breath that we ignore as a society because we are too polite to let the smoker know what we are really thinking and infringe on their human rights.

If you are all honest with yourselves, you will see the truth in what I am saying and agree that the assumptions made by the Brandon School Division staff in the first place is a reflection on how petty and hypocritical our society has become.

And frankly, with the many challenges facing our youth today, the supposed smell of marijuana on the clothing of a teenager should be on the lower end of the list of challenges. Think about it.

KIM LONGSTREET

Brandon

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 13, 2014

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I'm sure someone with asthma or a chemical/fragrance sensitivity would disagree with your "workable solution" that only addresses one side of the situation.

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In regards to the editorial in the Brandon Sun on Feb. 12 titled “Human Rights Complaint Unnecessary.”

I think you have overstepped your boundaries and abused your power to print an editorial in which you proceed to lecture your readership with your views on whether someone should or shouldn’t stand up for, what to them, is a personal issue. You decided to condemn Mr. Bunn for his actions instead of commending this young man for doing what a lot of us wish we could do … stand up for ourselves no matter what anyone has to say about it. For this I give young Mr. Bunn my accolades.

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In regards to the editorial in the Brandon Sun on Feb. 12 titled “Human Rights Complaint Unnecessary.”

I think you have overstepped your boundaries and abused your power to print an editorial in which you proceed to lecture your readership with your views on whether someone should or shouldn’t stand up for, what to them, is a personal issue. You decided to condemn Mr. Bunn for his actions instead of commending this young man for doing what a lot of us wish we could do … stand up for ourselves no matter what anyone has to say about it. For this I give young Mr. Bunn my accolades.

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