Re: Scoutmasters Delimma
Tom Bingaman (tbing19@IDT.NET)
Tue, 28 Apr 1998 12:43:52 -0700
Good answer Scouters do not need to be the police of the boys in the
We set the example and the Scout Oath and Law is our guide not the
enforcement of Civil Law.
Steven G. Tyler wrote:
> Joe Marsh wrote, in part:
> > My delimma is what to do about the Scout who called Mom. Should I thank
> > mom and go on . . .
> Yes, IMHO.
Yes,Yes,Yes. Praise the Boy and Mom together they did the right thing.
> > . . . or point out that the Troop Adult leadership should in my
> > opinion be notified before Police are called to a Troop meeting?
> ...and just what would you do with the information? Do you REALLY want
> to be between a potential criminal act and the police?
The correct action was taken by Mom. To stop drugs or the perception of
the Police were the right ones to be called. They take on the position
of Dad or
Scoutmaster to the community. Your involvement because you think you
authority figure would only alienate you to the boys. The Police were
the best choice.
> I appreciate your concern, and there's a lot of gray area in misbehavior
> that properly calls for the SM's intervention before the police are
> called, but where drugs are purportedly involved, I think the police
> were properly called. You are (I presume) neither qualified nor
> empowered to investigate allegations of serious criminal behavior, so
> don't go there.
> > I feel I
> > should make an announcement at the Troop meeting that "No Drugs were at
> > this meeting last week."
> Bad idea, if the intent is to quasi-deny anything improper occurred. Is
> offering to sell phony drugs that much better from a Scouting
> perspective than selling REAL drugs?
The offer to sell or provide the drugs is the crime. People have been
when charged with sale when the drugs were not real but they offered
them as real.
> If the word is out about the incident (and how could it not)?, just tell
> the Scouts what happened, in a straightforward and factual manner,
> without naming names. It's a great opportunity to put a SM "spin" on why
> what was done was wrong, and why the corrective action was appropriate.
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