Re: Jewelry in Uniform
Jeff Claggett (jclagget@BELLSOUTH.NET)
Sat, 27 Sep 1997 22:59:08 -0400
On Wed, 24 Sep 1997, H. Alan Schup wrote:
> As far as other body part piercing... I think we all have feeling against
> a scout having his tongue, lips, eyelids, nose, cheeks, nipples, and other
> unmentionables... pierced. This is because as a group, the piercing of
> these body parts is a sign that the person has low self-esteem to multilate
> his body. The gang wannabees body pierce and tattoo themselves to stand
> out, and hardly anyone else does. (Of all the youth I have known that were
> into gangs and drugs, all of them had parts of their body pierced.) I feel
> the objection everyone has (including the clean-cut scouts), is that the
> display of such body piercing with the BSA uniform is conflicting... that
> the BSA should not display gang-type jewelry/colors. If a scout ends up
> with such parts of his body pierced, then the SM needs to have a conference
> with this scout to see *WHY* the boy wants to wear gang jewelry/colors?
> The SM should not show objection to the jewelry itself, but show concern of
> the scout, and talk to his parents later about the conversation.
Well I was kinda with you right up until this point. It is instantly
assumed that someone that pierces somthing other than an ear is displaying
gang type jewelry? I wear a red colored hat. Am I displaying gang colors?
Guess so, so I suppose I should stop that right away right? Hrm I wear
Nike and Rebock shoes. Wait! Gang members do that also don't they? Suppose
I'll have to stop wearing those as well. And for what its worth, every
teen I have delt with to date that has gone beyond ears has shown nothing
gang related. I mean shoot, I was served at McDonalds by a femal with more
than ears done up. Was I repulesed? Not in the least little bit. Why? I
suppose it has to do with the fact that I have leared to respect other
people'c choices pretty well. In a round about technical sense you could
call this a cultural thing (Teen Culture).
Jeff Claggett Willmington Island, GA
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