Fri, 3 Oct 1997 07:59:01 -0500
Well, this is quite a challenge. (As a friend of mine once said, there are
no problems, only challenges and opportunities.)
Firstly, I wouldn't say this of everyone with HIV, but this leader needs to
be dismissed. He is not taking adequate precautions, and may not be able
to understand what adequate precautions are. Therefore, the risk of
infection to scouts and other leaders is great. You should be thankful
that nothing has happened yet.
Do you have grounds for dismissal? I'd have to say yes. Even if you get
no support from anyone and no one will put it in writing. I'm assuming he
filled out a leader's application. Did he write that he was HIV+ on it?
Then by not filling in this critical information, he committed a lie of
omission. That would be your legal grounds. He (with his parents
help/supervision) willingly committed a lie when applying for the position.
I don't really see how they have any recourse on this one.
After all, scouts are supposed to be truthful. Good Luck!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City