Re: do we expel him?
Rick Meisch (rick@PROVIDER.INS.COM)
Tue, 22 Nov 1994 13:53:24 -0600
Corrections to my first note:
I may have missed the point. I have been out of the Scouting circle for
about 14 years and was not aware of an "approved list". So, therefore, was
not aware of this device explicitely being unapproved for Scouting
activities. If the person was aware of the BSA feeling on this device,
then he should be discaplined as so. If not, he should be made aware of it
and taught about the safety aspects that need to be observed (i.e. goggles
and face protection) and respecting others, which I still feel is the key
point. It is hard for an individual to make some of these observations,
with reguards to paintball, when they see and here of others playing this
game in neighborhood parks. So therefore, he may not be aware of all of
the safety factors. Sometimes common sense doesn't work. (Yes, we see
that it makes sense to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle today. Even
though many still don't. But, 15 years ago, we may have not thought it
near as critical as we do now.)
>--> I would personally would treat this matter exactly how it should be. I
>--> would treat this person as if he had either hit the other kid with his fist
>--> or intentionally hit him with a baseball or any other item. There does
>--> need to be order, but don't treat this as a criminal act.
> Most parents of boys in my troop, if their son were struck with a
>baseball bat at a Scout meeting, would probably file criminal charges. And
>depending upon the circumstances, I probably wouldn't blame them.
I would too, however, in the above mentioned paragraph I did say baseball.
Yes, I did mention baseball bat farther down in my memo, only as an
observation. And yes, I have been struck with a baseball bat before.
However, the times (yes times) that I was struck it was either by accident
or not under full power. So it seems that we may be in agreement on this
point (i.e. "depending on the circumstances"). This would be the same as
if he were hit with a fist or any other item. So once again, I would have
to stick with my statement earlier with showing and teaching respect.
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