Mon, 2 Mar 1992 16:23:13 EST
I agree with you to the point that most 7 - 10 year olds have not
defined their sexuality, but I don't think you can infer that the
issue is not important to them. I use my own kids as an example.
My (now ex) wife came out when my son was in kindergarten and my
daughter was in third grade. The issue of Gay Rights has been
very important to them (they are now in H.S.) because it touched
their family directly. From the parent's letter that Kirke quoted,
it is impossible to tell what issues like this may be involved.
It is equally improbable to assume that the decision was imposed
by the parents on the child.I know a lot of kids that age who are
fully capable of making that kind of decision and (with the support
of the parents) backing it up with action. It can be a very valuable
lesson for a child to know that standing up for what you believe
can sometimes be very painful but is still important to do.
In regard to how to deal with the letter. Kirke, I hope that you
will have the chance to sit down with the parents AND the scout and
listen to what they have to say and then offer to see to it that they
are heard by the council too. I don't think that you need to take
sides ( unless you feel very strongly one way or the other ) but I
think you can help them to be heard on an issue that they obviously
feel strongly about. Good luck.
ASM Troop 1
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City