Re: Scout "leader" in the News
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 24 Jun 1997 19:52:04 -0400
At 04:25 PM 6/24/97 EST, Jay Thal wrote:
> Then there's the bad news. The New York Times, Sunday, June 22, 1997,
>at page 21, had the following headline:
> Scout Leader Is Charged in Woman's Death
> The headline could instead have read:
> Ex Firefighter Charged In Woman's Death
> That information was in paragraph three, along with spousal
>assaults. Of cause: "The body was found in a basement room...used for his Cub
>and Boy Scout activities."
> Thus far, none of the Cub or Boy Scouts have been implicated -- that's
>the good news.
> Jay Thal
We were just talking about this at a chapter meeting yesterday. It is the
talk of Scouting here. As well as being a Cub Scout leader he was also the
district membership chairman. The feeling was that this was just "one of
those things," meaning not that the murder was acceptable, but that there
was probably no record that would have turned up with a background check (we
don't know for sure whether there was any sort of check done by the CO,
there could have been). It apparently evolved out of him having given his
girlfriend some of his wife's jewelry and when she wanted it back the
girlfriend refused. One thing led to another, they were high on crack, etc.
Actually, it is a tribute to the reputation of the BSA that the fact that
this was a Scout leader was newsworthy. Had Scout leaders made these types
of headlines all the time they would stop mentioning it.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City