Suspension of building use by principal
Michael Halla (MHALLA@IUBVM.BITNET)
Wed, 20 Nov 1991 09:25:49 EST
Have any of you had to deal with a similar situation as described below?
I would appreciate any advice you have to offer.
This week at Pack 196's meeting at Lakeview Elementary School the
meeting had concluded and the Pack leadership was cleaning up when
one of the Pack Committee member's children, a Cub Scout, intentionally
kicked the pane of glass in one of the school's doors, breaking the glass.
I don't know if the boy knew he was going to break the glass but he
did intentionally kick the glass based on his own admission. He was
out of sight of any adults when this happened including his parent.
The principal of the school has subsequently banned the Dens from using the
school building for the next three weeks and the principal is sending the
repair bill to the parents of the Cub Scout who did the damage.
As the Webelos Den Leader (it was a Wolf Den member who broke the window)
I went to see the principal this morning to ask him to rescind his decision.
My pleas and arguments fell on deaf ears. It stikes me that the principal
is punishing more than just the guilty party. I am in agreement with him
that the volunteer adult Cub Scout leadership is responsible for the
actions of the boys in the building from the time they enter until they
leave. It seems to me that even with all possible care and anticipation
of problems by the leadership there are going to be instances when something
undesirable happens. We live in an imperfect world governed by such
things as entropy. Objects in our world are subject to wear and tear
and breakage. As leaders the incident has reminded us to raise our guard
but what further use is the three week suspension? Is this just a way
for the principal to hassle the Pack's leadership?
It seems so unfair. I work very hard to put together the best possible
program for my Webelos and now I face this three week suspension. It
disturbed me so much that I lost a lot of sleep last night over the issue.
When I told this to the principal he said that I could lose some more
sleep because he had made up his mind. Personally I want to move to
to another Pack where the leadership of that Pack's is more supportive.
In my three years with Pack 196 the principal at Lakeview has never
met with the Pack Committee although he is listed as the the Scouting
Coordinator. Should I hang in there or take my time and talents elsewhere?
Am I taking this too personally?
One last question, the father of the boy who broke the window has
asked the Pack to help pay the bill? Any precedents in your collective
experience as to which way our Committee should decide on this issue?
Thanks, Michael Halla
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