Thu, 9 Feb 1995 13:07:21 -0700
Jim Miller writes...
>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).
A sad reality, based on the IMHO mistaken notion that "children don't lie
about these things". They do, they have, and they will!
>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are superceded by the rights of those youth you have volunteered to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's just too bad that no one has to determine if there is any truth to the
>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.
Now, I believe, we're entering "fantasyland". If YPP as I understand it is
properly followed, the "letter of denial" is likely the first, and only,
time that you will hear about it.
>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
This is also fantasy. In our current society, accusation = guilt. The
attitude is, "if Mr. So-and-so didn't do anything, then no one would have
accused him of it. Since he's been accused, he must be guilty". Even if he
is reinstated, his reputation is shot.
I must remind you of the story that I posted a number on months ago, about
the substitute teacher in Chicago, who was accused of "fondling" several
students. After a week or so, the prosecutor began finding inconsistancies
in the childrens stories, after which they found out that the incident never
happened, and the accusation was the childrens way of getting even with a
teacher they diliked. Of course, by the time that the prosecutor had found
this out, the damage was done. The man had lost his job, been decertified,
and his wife was already filing divorce papers. Too bad that once the heat
dies down, the news media doesn't follow these stories anymore. I never heard
what the outcome of this was. If there is anybody on-list from that area
maybe they could fill us in.
We are giving to much away, in the name of "protecting the children", when we
have given away what many consider our basic legal rights. The children do
need to be protected from the "predators". It's just unfortunate that the
children's advocates in the legal profession consider ALL of us predators.
Chuck Bramlet, ASM Troop 323
Thunderbird District, Grand Canyon Council
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