Doug Gentry's Eagle BoR
Thomas Heavey, Sr. (heavey@NWRAIN.COM)
Mon, 20 Oct 1997 22:57:03 -0700
I stand with Jason on this. Just before our last troop Court of Honor
(Minutes before) I was told one of our Star scouts would be late, he was
being held for shoplifting at a local store. Several of the parents who
have heard about the incident are wondering what I am going to do about it.
What I do about it is nothing they will ever see. As far as the "incident"
is concerned, that is between him, the sdtore and the juvenile authorities.
I do not pretend it never happened however. I will inquire periodically in
discreet conversations, how his life is going "since the -Blank- store
incident?" He is getting enough disciplinary action from the courts and his
mother. He doesn't need me to discipline him. He needs me to let him know
that he has value, that he is valued, and that the rest of life is not
screwed up because he screwed up one night.
We have had scouts in our troop come to us from Juvenile Hall. We have had
scouts in our troop end up in Juvenile hall. My predecessor, SM for eight
years is one of the public school teachers at our local juvenile detention
facility. His students are not generally shoplifters and vandals. They are
armed robbers, gang bangers and murderers - quite literally. HIs opinion is
that the kids he sees in his daily work are not significantly different than
those he sees on Wednesday night. The primary difference is that for the
boys who are scouts over and against the boys in jail, is that someone has
taken the time to show love and concern - and to let them know that they are
worthwhile as human beings.
As Jason said, what has he done since "the incident." The questions is not
"Did he do it?" the question is "Did he learn anything?"
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