Sage Backstrom (SageofAges@AOL.COM)
Sat, 13 Sep 1997 20:52:41 -0400
In a message dated 9/14/1997 5:49:05 AM, blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET wrote:
>I've verified the note by contacting Gene Stone, and those interested in
>a copy of the letter, can contact the Council Scout Executive of the
>Council and requesting a copy of the letter. What you'll get is a "clean"
>of the statement, along with a letter affirming the Mid-Iowa Counci's policy
>(which mirrors National policy) on hazing (at least that's what I've
Isn't that interesting? After they received this letter, my council still
*did not* actively support me in this issue. As a matter of fact, our
district executive joked with my husband about how silly this was (not
realizing the man he was laughing about me to, was my husband) that this lady
was doing this. grrrrr.
I decided to take it to my school district as their collective rears hang
liable in this issue as well. ;)
Consider the position it puts *my* son (and other sons) in....feel fearful of
doing something (my son was) and "going along with the others because they
will pick on you and call you *whimp* OR cave into the negative pressure, get
turned upside down and freak out (which my son would have done) and still be
called a whimp in addition to being possible hurt. My son is no small person
and extremely, unbelievably strong. Two grown men would not have been able
to hold him up once he started panicing. Either way my son lost, and the
emotional turmoil was almost enough to make him quit. His best friends
mother called me and asked me what was going on because he kept worrying
about over at his friend's house. When worry from activities in scouting
bleed over into other parts of a boys life...it is HAZING.
>Again, as the letter states, that word "should not" comes up a couple of
>places in the letter. Mr. Stone explained to me that "we cannot dictate to
>extent each and every local Council will do with respect to this particular
>ceremony. We can express National policy, but it is up to each and every
>local Council to enforce it".
Sigh....Council leaders...please listen. This is hazing...this is wrong.
Follow National policy.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City