Re: Remember Scouting is a Safe Haven...
Bob Taschler (bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM)
Tue, 11 Aug 1998 13:36:44 -0500
I am reminded of the murderer who was sentenced to death. He had had a terrible
childhood and got involved with drugs and street crime at a very early age. Not
and excuse, just a fact. While not the brightest, he was very likable after he
mellowed with so many years on death row. The guards liked him, the warden liked
him, even some of the relatives of his victims were willing to forgive him
because he had shown so much remorse, but it was too late to save him from the
death chamber. The State and Justice was to have it's due.
The week before his execution, so many people were offering to do things for him
to comfort him, he stated "If I had this positive attention when I was a child,
I probably wouldn't be here today."
We will never really know if, how or when we will make a difference in a boy's
life. Somewhere there is a 3 year old who will grow up to be the next Ted Bundy,
unless someone intercedes. The problem is that we do not have the luxury of
knowing which 3 year old boy we need to reach out to, so, we need to reach out
to all boys, even the "challenging" ones.
Yet, we should not be too hard on any adult who throws up his hands in
frustration. Adults aren't perfect, (my wife has my list!), and we have limits
to time, patience and energy, so we should all do what we can, where we can,
when we can and hope for the best.
P.S. I just heard about the 8 year old and 7 year old who murdered a little girl
in Chicago. By law, they will not be punished. May God have mercy on them and
all those involved.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City