Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Tourette
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 08:08:04 -0500
Sorry to hear about the break up of a troop over Tourette Syndrome.
Admittedly, Ryan Farrell, who was written up in Scouting magazine, does
not have vocal ticks (no 4-letter words) and his medication keeps most
of the symptoms in check. Shortly after moving here and joining our troop
he gave a talk about Tourette to the troop since his book had just been
published (God Made Me Special!!!!). The Scouts were very interested in
the book and asked a lot of questions. Then, as Ryan stated in the article,
the Scouts never brought up the subject again. He's been very well accepted
in the troop and a month ago was elected SPL.
But Ryan is not that unusual in our troop. Every one of the boys are
We have straight A gifted students and students with learning disabilities
and dyslexia. We have star athletes and kids who are athletically
challenged. There's even a boy with a twisted leg from cerebral palsy.
But they all have big hearts and are good kids. The boy with cerebral
palsy is working hard to go to Philmont with us in 2000.
I don't know if the little cross section of society we have in Troop 125 is
representative or not. But I figure you have to deal with people all your
life so you had better get used to all kinds.
Peter M. Murphy :: email@example.com
SM T125, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
Carmel, Indiana :: Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
Life is short, pray hard.