Very sad

Dear editor:
How very sad that these stupid girls acted without thinking, and now their actions have been blown so out of proportion that even gangs from Winnipeg and Thunder Bay have “hits” out on them.
Rumour has it that there’s an e-mail going around that the gang members actually have signed their names to, vowing to get these girls.
Has this country come to the place where people are afraid to say anything; where it’s okay to threaten someone’s life because they hurt someone else’s feelings?
I sincerely hope that the OPP is looking into these alleged death threats against these girls who, by the way, are Canadian citizens and have a right to be protected under the law just as much as a First Nations’ person has.
Correct me if I’m wrong but I thought it was a criminal offence in Canada to make death threats against someone.
Ask yourselves, if these girls had been staggering around, acting drunk, doing a French or Irish or Ukrainian dance, or even an Arabian “Dance of the Seven Veils,” laughing at these cultures, would anybody be upset? Would Howie Hampton care?
Let’s be honest, we all know that everyone would have a good “chuckle,” mutter something under their breath, and life would go on as usual. But that doesn’t mean the Canadians of those cultural backgrounds wouldn’t be hurt by what they saw—and it certainly doesn’t mean that they would threaten to kill these girls!
To Jim Leonard, I am really confused as to what it is that you want the white community and the school system to do to these girls. So far they’ve been punished by being kicked off the hockey team, secondly, the team and their coaches have been punished by the loss of these team members, and lastly, the rest of the community is being punished because now the team’s chances of winning the regional girls’ hockey championship have been severely compromised.
Please tell us, what more to you want?
Also, Mr. Leonard, I have a question for you. Everything I’ve read so far is that whites are teaching their children racism and disrespect for First Nations’ people in their homes, and yes I would have to agree that is probably true.
Now that being said, my question to you is “where are the First Nations’ children learning to be racist and show disrespect for other cultures?”
Seems to me what’s happening here is “the pot calling the kettle black” when, in fact, they’re both black from sitting on the fire.
To Charleen Gustafson, shame on you for not becoming more vocal when the young First Nations’ man was beaten by four others. That would have been the time to speak up!
Maybe if you, your friends, and your neighbours had spoken up then, just maybe these young girls would have thought better of making fun of their First Nations’ neighbours.
Just remember one thing, though. You can’t force someone to respect another. Respect is something that comes from deep within a person and is given freely by that person to another individual who has earned it by how they conduct themselves—and the integrity, honesty, and generosity with which they live their lives!
Hopefully you are true to your word and become more active in promoting mutual respect, mutual tolerance, and and dignity between all Canadians. Please note that the key word here is “mutual.”
To Shirley Russell, yes, this is the 21st century and it’s easy to sit back and judge history from our air conditioned/well-heated homes—reaping all the good this country has to offer.
(Oops, I think I saw somewhere that’s what the white man did when he came to the Americas. Sorry, I didn’t mean to imply anything!)
Aren’t you smug! What gives you the right to judge those who settled, explored, fought, and died so you can have the wonderful standard of living you (and everyone else of every colour and race) enjoy today as Canadians!
Laura DeGagne-