Re: hazing problems
R Thomas User (RThomas482@AOL.COM)
Thu, 11 Sep 1997 15:23:02 -0400
Hazing in any form is not acceptable and should never be condoned! Scouting
is supposed to be a "safe haven" for boys. The 1996 printing of the BSA
"Guide to Safe Scouting, page 35, states: "Any form of hazing, initiations,
ridicule, or inappropriate teasing are prohibited and should not be allowed."
There have been reported incidents (not in Scouting) where hazing resulted in
suicide of the victim or a homicide of the perpetrator. In many states
hazing is a felony violation of the criminal law.
Any Scout involved in hazing isn't much of a Scout and probably doesn't
believe in the Oath and Law. Your troop would be better off without those
type of boys, or adults who condone it by not stopping it. Your troop
obviously needs to address this problem quickly. If I were you, I would
raise the issue strongly with the troop committee and scoutmaster. If that
doesn't work, I would go to my district committee, and then to the council,
Scoutmaster, Troop 530
Northeast Georgia Council
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