Re: Adult Scouters and Spousal Abuse
Jess Olonoff (jolonoff@GATE.NET)
Tue, 12 Sep 1995 12:26:29 -0400
C'mon guys what's going on. You notice how quiet the woman are being on
this thread? The police were called, the guy was busted for spousal
abuse, assault etc. Maybe the cops made a mistake? I doubt it as they
generally will first try to work these situations out. It sounds to me
as though this was not the first visit. The wife may request the charges
to be dropped? Sure out of fear maybe so. He may plea-bargain down to
some silly misdemeanor or third grade felony but so what. And then add
in the rest of the story.
The only question should be does this man appear to have the character and
qualities of a Scout Leader; can he be trusted with the boys? Would
you want him in your Council?
We are not the Criminal Justice System. We are Scout Leaders and are
charged with the Protection of the Youth we lead.
If we are all wrong and everything turns out to have been a big mistake
or perhaps a mirage we will apologize and ask forgiveness from the man
and perhaps from the lord but, no one need apologize for protecting the
kids from harm.
Yours in Scouting...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City