Can you say Irony? Can’t make this stuff up if I tried…


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  1. July 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Founder of anti-bullying website avoids prison in batting-cage rage case

    By Daryl Slade, Calgary Herald July 17, 2011

    A Calgary father who started an anti-bullying website won’t have to go to jail, but will have a criminal record for sucker-punching another coach in a dispute over the use of a batting cage at an athletic park two years ago.

    Provincial court Judge Cheryl Daniel suspended the sentence of John Clarkson Perry, 47, on Friday and placed him on probation for a year. She said a conviction was an important factor to deter anyone else from such actions, which occurred in front of a group of children.

    “If Mr. Perry is not convicted of this offence, the message delivered to coaches, players and parents would be that violence within youth sports is of such little concern that it does not merit the serious penalty of a conviction, even when serious bodily harm is occasioned,” said Daniel.

    Defence lawyer Bob Sawers had sought a conditional discharge so his client would not have a criminal record.

    Crown prosecutor Adam May had sought a short, sharp intermittent jail sentence.

    The judge, who convicted Perry of assault causing bodily harm and mischief for breaking Harry Scott Oldale’s glasses, noted that both Perry’s two sons and the victim’s son and their teammates witnessed the bloody incident on June 13, 2009.

    While the incident may well have been out of character, Daniel added, it was very serious.

    “Mr. Perry was a role model for his two young boys and for the other young and very impressionable boys on his team and other teams,” said the judge.

    “The young boys looked up to Mr. Perry, respected him and took cues as to their own behaviour from him. Their parents trusted that Mr. Perry would behave appropriately and act reasonably at all times. On the day in question, at a public ballpark, Mr. Perry was unreasonable and short-tempered. He would not listen and would not compromise.”

    Oldale received seven stitches on the bridge of his nose and later had to have reconstructive nose surgery as his nasal passages and bones had to be reconstructed. The bruising and swelling on his nose and eye area lasted for eight weeks. He missed five days of work.

    Daniel said it was ironic that, while Perry is the founder of an international anti-bullying website and is described by family and friends as a passive person who avoids conflict, he took an aggressive, bullying position that day.

    Court heard Perry founded the website HALT (Humanity Against Local Terrorism), dedicated to preventing domestic abuse and bullying.

    Perry, as part of his probation, must take counselling and treatment as directed, including for anger management.

    He also must pay restitution of $110 for Oldale’s broken glasses, perform 100 hours of community service and make a donation of $1,000 to the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Calgary.

    Perry, through his lawyer, declined to comment as they left court.


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