Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: FW: SM Minute - Littleton
FW: SM Minute - Littleton
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 00:26:44 -0400
Forwarded on behalf of Torger Nordhus
Please consider using this or a similar SM Minute. Many of your Scouts may
be experiencing anxiety as a result of the tragedy at Littleton. This
thought piece may help open up discussion and get your fellows thinking.
Thanks to Torger.
Mike Bowman a/k/a Professor Beaver (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Webmastering in the Scouting Spirit from Alexandria, VA
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aka Torger Nordhus [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Thursday, April 22, 1999 2:45 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: SM Minute - Littleton
> Righ now I can't post to Scouts-L. I can read my digest
> every day, I just can't respond. Would you please post this
> to the list? Thanks.
> This is the SM Minute I delivered tonight. Take it as you
> will, but we all better be talking to our boys about this.
> Let's talk about Littleton, Colorado.
> Who do you think was responsible for what happened in Littleton?
> (Many Answers - The two idiots who did the shooting, The
> guys who taunted them, society, Adolph Hitler, their parents, etc.)
> Tonight I want to talk for a minute about two things:
> Responsibility and Respect.
> First, Responsibility. Ultimately the responsibility for the
> massacre at Columbine High School is the responsibility of
> the people who pulled the triggers. They are responsible for
> their own actions. Each one of us bears the final
> responsibility for whatever it is that we do.
> If you hit someone, you are responsible for what you did. It
> doesn't matter that they poked you, or took something from
> you, or stared at you funny; you are the one who hit them,
> you are responsible.
> If you make fun of someone, you are responsible for what you
> did. It doesn't matter if they look weird, act strange, or
> behave differently.
> That takes us to Respect. Every one deserves respect. Every ONE.
> Even those who are weird, strange and different. They
> deserve your respect because they are fellow human beings,
> trying to get along on this planet. To ridicule someone is
> to make them feel less than human, and apart from you. What
> kind of response do you expect from something that is unhuman
> or inhuman.
> Some of you guys may dress in black and wear dark glasses,
> some of you may be jocks or wanna be jocks. I don't know
> about all of you, because I only see you on Wednesday's and
> one weekend a month. But if you are a Goth, or if you are a
> jock, be that because that's what you want to be. Don't do
> that because someone else thinks it's the thing to do, or the
> thing not to do. And respect the others. If you are a Goth,
> respect the jocks. If you are a jock, respect the Goths, and
> all those others, the computer geeks, the machine heads, and
> every one else. And above all else, respect yourself.
> You know, I don't know much about those guys in Colorado, but
> I would be willing to bet on one thing. I bet none of them
> felt that they knew an adult who would listen to them. Right
> there is a major difference between you and them. Each and
> every one of you has an adult who cares about you and cares
> deeply. Look around this room, there are people here who
> care about you. First there is me, but there is more than
> that. Everyone of the adults here is committed to you. To
> caring about you and to listen to you.
> Tonight I tell you: Accept responsibility for your actions.
> Be responsible enough to respect those who are different from
> you. And Remember - we, the adults, we are there for you.
> Be there for each other.
> Tom Heavey
> Tacoma, WA
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