Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Tourette
Ronald W. Fox
Sat, 24 Oct 1998 21:38:25 -0500
My view on this:
Every young man otherwise qualified has a right to the Scouting experience.
Every young man has a right to not have someone else keep him from engaging
in the Scouting experience.
Every young man has a right to be safe in his Scouting experience.
If someone is disruptive, that disruptiveness needs to be brought under control.
If someone engages in behavior to others, that behavior must be controlled.
I have had Scouts who have gotten violent. I have informed their parents
that either 1) the Scout stops such behavior on his own, 2) they accompany
their Scout to all activities, or arrange for a responsible person to do so,
and take personal repsonsibility for controlling that behavior, or 3) the
Scout leaves the Troop.
Seems to me that this Scout (not all Scouts with Tourette's syndrome, this
Scout) endangers other Scouts. It also seems that, through no fault of the
Scout, alternative 1 is not available. Thus, either 2 or 3 must be
employed. Regardless of the cause of the young man's behavior, it has to be
controlled, or the other parents will be perfectly justified in removing
their Scouts from the Troop. And they will do it, I know, because it almost
happened to me.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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