Re: Scotland Shooting
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Thu, 14 Mar 1996 20:49:16 +0000
According to press reports Thomas Watt Hamilton , 43 was responsible for
the shooting. The handguns he used were licenced to him as a member of a
He was asked to resign from The Scout Association TWENTY TWO YEARS ago
after an association of less than a year. It would appear that concerns
were expressed regarding his suitability and he was asked to resign.
Further attempts to rejoin Scouting were refused , when the adult
appointment procedures were undertaken.
Over the following years he was involved in various youth work , incuding
setting up his own youth group. Various concerns were expressed by
parents and others , but nothing was substantiated.
Apparently he had a collection of photographs of young boys in their
underpants. The police and local authority were aware of concerns but did
not have evidence to justify legal proceedings.
It would appear that The Scout Association acted promptly to terminate
his appointment according to established procedures. However, not all
youth groups have the same requirements for local references , interview
etc., and at present there is nothing to stop any individual setting up
their own club , sports team etc. without reference to any official agency.
This account is based on press reports. I do not speak on behalf of The
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City