Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Mess kit knife
Re: Mess kit knife
Ronald W. Fox
Tue, 27 Oct 1998 21:50:12 -0600
I had a Scout (#1) threaten another Scout (#2) with a knife. Scout #1 had
been running his mouth at Scout #2 for some time. Scout #2 had enough and
put Scout #1 in a headlock, and then let him go when he was told. Scout #1
then pulled his knife and made a verbal threat, but never approach Scout #2
closer than 8 feet. Scout #2's parent was present during all of this, as
were a number of other Scouts.
Scout #2 was told that physical actions were never an appropriate response
to verbal taunts, and was warned that a 2nd act would be dealt with
severely. He also apologized to Scout #1 and his parents.
I met with Scout #1 and his parents, and then spoke to his parents
separately. I know them well. Scout #1 has a temper problem. Scout #1
runs his mouth constantly and, in the vernacular, his mouth writes checks
his butt can't cover. His parents are seeking professional help. I got him
to admit that his action was inappropriate. He lost the knife permanently
(which he had originally paid his own money for) and his totin' chip for 5
months. I have also delayed his First Class Board of Review. I cleared all
of this with both parties, and it seems to have satisfied everyone.
I wouldn't urge separation of this Scout from the Troop at this point. I
would see if this kid is getting help. I would also possibly require
parents to be present when the Scout was at an activity.
Having a talk with the Scouts about WHY a Scout is Kind and Courteous, and
how things can go wrong if they are not, would be appropriate. We follow
the Scout Law because things work better that way, not just because we are
goody-goodies. However, the use of the knife was a much greater
transgression than any verbal abuse from the other kids, so I part company
with the mother at that point.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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