Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Tourette
Jim Miller Sr.
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 09:23:37 -0400
The boy in question, along with his mother and father, appeared on the
Today show this morning. In addition, surprisingly, the scoutmaster
(resigned) also appeared in uniform. As usual, the media did a cursory
examination of the issue. The mother came prepared with a set of index
cards to which she constantly referred before speaking. She constantly
claimed that her son was no danger to the other scouts, and justified
violent incidents as normal adolescent behavior which she as a teacher
sees every day among her students.
The Scoutmaster described a situation with repeated violent incidents
including one in which the young man took a pioneering pole and swung it
around at the other youth in the troop.
>From the information provided, it is hard to know who is right, however,
the impression given was that of an overly indulgent mother, and a
Scoutmaster who was unwilling to assume the liability potential in being
responsible for a boy who engaged in violent behavior on a regular
Frankly, if I was the Scoutmaster, and the parents refused to do
anything about behavior of that sort, I think I would be out of there
Too bad we'll never know the whole story.
Jim Miller, Sr.