Re: Problem to Chew on.
Ted Burton (tedburtn@CRIS.COM)
Fri, 27 Oct 1995 22:49:30 -0600
>Wow, this one _IS_ tough. But remember that a Scout needs to exemplify all
>aspects of the Scout Law, and if the charges against him are true and
>accurate, then it is obvious that he is not doing so.
The original question related to a Scout who apparently had sexually
molested another Scout's 'younger' sister. At the risk of starting a
flamewar, let me note that part of the question has to be 'how much
younger' and what age, in fact.
A 17 year old sexually experimenting with a 15 year old girl is a
qualitatively different question than an 17 year old Scout sexually toying
with a 5 year old girl. The former is understandible and sane behavior,
however unwise and socially unacceptable it may be.
The latter is outright criminal. The latter would violate trustworthy,
courteous, kind, obedient, etc. I would agree, though, to the thought that
the Council Exec's advice should be sought. My own view is that a boy
engaged in criminal activity, let alone one involved in activity that is
deeply offensive to society, should not be permitted to go around with the
apparent sanction of being to the World a Scout.
The boy is also entitled to due process, though. Let me tell a story about
a very different situation to make this last point. It seems that a family
came to visit another family in a rural area. The host family owned a
German Shepherd dog. During the course of the evening, the dog bit the
guest family's small daughter on the hand, enough to break skin and make
bleeding holes. The family was making plans to put the dog to sleep in a
rural fashion, i. e. take it out back and shoot it. Then the little girl
spoke up, to say, "You know, Rex [or whatever the dog's name was] bites
when you pull his whiskers out!"
If their ages were somewhat alike, back off and leave it to the families.
Sex before marriage is statistically common. Anyone who believes that there
are not a very high percentage of sexually active Scouts among the older
boys in any Troop is dreaming. The way society pushes sex these days, the
non-active boy wonders if <he> is normal, rather than thinking that the
others are wrong.
Thank you for listening.
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Ore-Ida Council 106, D. Eagle Rep., Post 246 CR, Troop 246 MC
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