'Habs Day' causes problems at an elementary school

St. Dorothy Elementary School students

As the Canadiens get ready to play the Bruins in game four tonight, schools are gearing up for the game too.

Some are having Habs days, and it's causing more controversy than expected, at least in one school.

Some English Montreal School Board (EMSB) principals have been letting children wear their Habs jersey to school during the playoffs.

But this week a child who wore a Bruins jersey at Honoré-Mercier Elementary School in St-Leonard was only permitted to wear it at the end of the day.

“The teacher told him I don’t think it’s a good idea to put it on; in the end, they let him wear it at the end of the day,” Mike Cohen, spokesperson with the EMSB said.

“They do not believe it’s in the best interest of the student, where 99 percent of the kids are wearing red and Habs jerseys, to be walking around the hallways with a Bruins jersey, it’s just a provocation.”

That child's parents complained and now none of the kids at that school are allowed to wear their jerseys.

“As a result, the school has decided there’s going to be no more Habs jersey day, one parent complained, we don’t need any type of conflict.  It won’t affect other schools,” Cohen said.

The Lester B. Pearson School Board went through a similar situation last year when a child tried to wear an Ottawa Senators jersey at Maple Grove Elementary.

The Lester B. board now says kids can wear any sports jersey they like.  

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  1. Paolo Vacca posted on 05/08/2014 12:49 PM
    Nothing wrong with asking the kid not to wear it. Instructions were. If Habs win, you can come in with a HABS JERSEY!!!!! not the Boston Bruins jersey or New York Rangers Jersey or Italian National team jersey If they would have said FAVOURITE TEAM JERSEY DAY then that's different. HABS DAY... It's Habs Jersey or school uniform. Follow the rules.
    1. 1mohawkview posted on 05/09/2014 01:11 PM
      @Paolo Vacca Its the rules that are the problem. Not every one is a habs fan and not everyone is a hockey fan. The school could have made an excellent teaching of tolerance and respect of this, only if they were wise enough.
      Poor kid. Only he had the strength of character to stand for something he believed in.
    2. Lia De Luca posted on 05/15/2014 09:42 AM
      @Paolo Vacca Good morning, I agree with Paolo that better communication is the key! Being a parent myself, we have the responsibility to teach our children on doing the right thing. They look up to us to show them the way. I understand and appreciate that the young student likes the bruins, however, if it was said that it was habs day, then as a parent (and being on the governing board of my daughter's school), I would be the first to say 'no you are not going to school with the bruins shirt because it is not the time and that is not what the memo says'. The fact that the parent allowed this to happen is really sad and uncalled for. These 2 parents have now caused this uproar - and for no reason and are now making the rest of the kids 'pay' the price! How sad are we going to get? As for the school, take your power back and do not let this incident 'dictate' what you are going to do in your school! Let the kids express themselves during the habs 'fever'.
  2. Anonymous posted on 05/08/2014 02:02 PM
    It was "HABS Jersey Day"..."HABS", not "BRUINS". And for 2 parents, the rest of the kids have to suffer. How are these parents raising their kids? Message is that if you don't get your way, even if it is against the rules, raise hell, call the media and roll on the floor crying and wailing until someone gives you what you want? Seriously? What is this soceity coming to. Congratulations to these 2 parents! They managed to dissapoint a school full of children who were just trying to support their CITY's hockey team. Bravo parents. Go have a drink on me and celebrate!
    1. Richard posted on 05/14/2014 10:57 PM
      @Anonymous Suffer? These kids have to suffer?
      That's a bit dramatic don't you think?
      Contrats to these parents for teaching there kids that its ok to be different and that we have freedom of expression. People get to root for whatever team they want!
      The school needs to learn this as weill
  3. Sic posted on 05/08/2014 03:55 PM
    This sends a completely wrong message to the students ; individual personality; freedom of expression; diversity etc. the school board bungled this all up.
    They had no right to tell this student he couldn't wear the jersey. The administrators are the ones who should be in school not running one.
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