Re: long-haired scout
Jim Miller, Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG)
Wed, 8 Feb 1995 10:22:49 EST-5
>Re: Black Eagle's comment on the scout in Indiana with the
>long hair- (I've not heard of the case- but then again- I'm not
>'active' at this time)- seems to me we'll have to go back amd
>remake all those Westerns and have the 'Indians' cut their hair
>short so they conform to somebody's standard. If the scout was
>the lodge chief- I bet he made a very convincing chief at Lodge
>ceremonies. The latest fad is boys wearing earrings to school.
>Case pending in Indiana where boy was suspended from school
>for not complying with school policy. I guess BSA has a policy
>to cover this as well.
I don't think BSA has a policy, but I would hope that if one became
necessary it would be to pull the registration of any leader who
expresses disdain at the length of a Scout or Scouters hair, earrings,
or other body arts.
>Re: SM being asked to leave because of some unfounded phone call-
>you could not contain me if that had been me. I would have considered
>it a personal attack on my character and honor and would have raised
>holy H . Since BSA is chartered by Congress- my first step would be
>contacting my 2 sens and 1 rep to demand hearings by the appropriate
>committee for violating my constitutional right to confront my
>accusser. I don't think my rights are left at the door when I walk
>into the scout meeting. I might even ask local United way contributors
>to reduce their UW contribution by the percent that the local council
>gets. Sorry- I take my honor very seriously. Glad to hear the SM
Sorry, but you have no right to confront your accuser when it comes to
the welfare of a child (at least not in any state I know of. There is no
such federal right). When you walk into the Scout meeting, your rights
are superceded by the rights of those youth you have volunteered to
serve. Such an unfounded phone call is mandated to be reported to proper
agencies in many states. It would be honorable to remove yourself from
the program in the best interest of the youth you are there to serve
until the proper authorities have concluded their investigation.
Such a situation can be handled differently depending upon state law and
the CE involved. In my Council, the CE will offer to let someone step
down from their positions in the program until such time as an
investigation has been completed. Since the BSA does not perform
investigations into alleged criminal activities, it would need to be
done by the proper law enforcement agencies. Upon being acquitted of
such charges, people have come back into Scouting without a problem,
although some have had restrictions placed upon the positions they may
hold by the Division of Youth and Family Services.
Should a Scouter decide not to resign pending the result of the
investigation, the CE is left with no option but to remove them from the
program. This shouldn't happen, as no Scouter would ever even allow
themself into any position where such impropriety could be possible.
Youth Protection policies prevent such an opportunity from occurring and
leaders who follow those guidelines will have no problem defending
themselvecs against false accusations.
Of course, an aquitted leader should be reinstated, but this is not a
reason to place children in jeopardy just to save the reputation of an
adult. The youth come first in the BSA. If someone is hurt through BSA's
genuine efforts to protect those youth, so be it. The priority is
>eagle squared (BSA and CAPT, USNR(ret.)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City