Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Tourette
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 06:12:20 -0400
Ed Thompson <thompson@VAX2.WINONA.MSUS.EDU> wrote:
> One final comment, and then I'll get off my soapbox : Any troop or pack
> leader who would try to get rid of a boy with TS (unless all other options
> have been tried) needs to take a good, hard look at why he or she is in
> scouting. We expect better behavior than this from our youth, and we should
> certainly explect it from our leaders.
Hey Ed, lighten up. They did not ask the boy with TS to leave. They allowed
him to stay in spite of his disruptive behavior. It was the 5 out of 6 other
boys in the troop who left. At least that's what I got from the story.
Headlines are not often a good source of information in a case like this.
Rather than just get ripped about this TS related issue and vent on us, may I
suggest that you direct your energy into teaching that troop - including the 5
boys who have now left Scouting over this - how to deal with this disruptive
boy. They certainly have not figured it out, and the fact that 5 of the 6 boys
remaining in the troop have left over it really highlights the problem. Why
don't you try to contact these folks in Missouri and offer them your advice
and experience in dealing with your son in your troop. I know I would
appreciate it if faced with the same problem.
I don't know how much the existing leaders in the troop worked with the boy,
his parents, or medical professionals to deal with the problems in the troop,
but I am greatly saddened at the results. I cannot imagine the the troop will
even survive now to benefit any of the boys - even the one with TS. It sounds
to me like the troop is now a troop of 2 boys.
Don't just blast us on the list because some of us might be thinking that they
may have made the wrong decision here after all. It's no secret that I have
made statements on this list and others that I would not put the entire
program into jeopardy over one scout - even my own son.
If I had exhausted all my resources and still had one boy who, through his
behavior, caused the entire troop to be dysfunctional, I would ask him to
leave. It would not matter to me if his disruptive behavior was due to any
specifically diagnosed problem; mental, physical, genetic, societal or
otherwise. If I had exhausted my resources and the boys parents were unable to
attend troop functions and control their boy, I would regretfully request he
no longer attend troop functions. This troop did not do that, and put a sad
exclamation point on my position.
Tim Hewitt, Scoutmaster
Troop 350, Old Orchard Beach, Maine