Thu, 10 Oct 1991 09:34:54 CDT
> From: James Brown <aa473%CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU@RICEVM1.RICE.EDU>
> Subject: Re: Webelos to Scout Transition
> Hazing or mistreatment is wrong, however maybe the root of our
> discussion problem is wording. Is sending the new scout to
> the scoutmaster for a new "skyhook" hazing or "just funn'en".
> Jim Brown
Not only is hazing wrong, it is against the law in Illinois. The term
hazing, although usually associated with fraternity initiations, also
applies to any mental or physical mistreatment of anyone in an
organization, including the Boy Scouts, by anyone else in that organization.
If the purpose of mistreatment is to cause pain or embarrassment, if
the mistreatment is perceived by the victim as being necessary to
maintain membership in the organization, then the mistreatment is hazing.
Adults in leadership positions should not tolerate hazing in any form.
If they do, they perpetuate evil and are, in Illinois, accessories to a
felony. Adults who fail to stop hazing are bad role models, and do not
belong in leadership positions.
There is no lesson learned from hazing or "just funn'en" (sic) except
the lesson that some people think that they are better or smarter than
other people and can use that position of power to belittle and harass
the under-empowered. Not a lesson that the Boy Scouts wants to teach,
I should hope. I see nothing in the Scout Oath or the Scout Law that
can justify such behavior. If it is not part of our reasons for being,
it has no place in our behavior.
In the example offered by Jim Brown, the answer is, yes, it is hazing.
It serves no useful or educational or ennobling purpose. It's purpose
is clearly to embarrass the new scout. Embarrassment is not one of the
things Boy Scouts professes to teach.
Chuck McCaffrey, Eagle Scout, Class of 1968, and Grand Chapter Adviser of Alpha
Sigma Phi Fraternity, Eta Chapter, at the University of Illinois
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