Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: How to handle a marijuana situation.
Re: How to handle a marijuana situation.
Mon, 7 Jun 1999 14:47:15 -0400
I agree the situation needs outside help. As a person who spent some time
giving youth protection training sessions...I dont we are appropriate to
decide if the stuff was real or not. Like abuse if we see it I think we have to
defer to the professional. It is an illegal activity and I think we are
responsible to report it.
JohnEcon@AOL.COM on 06/07/99 02:11:03 PM
Please respond to JohnEcon@AOL.COM
Subject: Re: How to handle a marijuana situation.
Hi all -- another Troop in our area had a problem similar to this
which resulted in great turmoil in the Troop, and several good
Scouts coming into our Troop as a result. The Scout in question
insisted that he was just pretending to smoke with something
that was not marijuana - - a rolled up leaf or something else.
The same Scout also later in one of my son's classes pretended
to be high. I remember a similar incident in college where an
older student tried to persuade me (naive little freshman) that a
tea bag contained marijuana. Some older Scouts seem to have a
need to establish themselves in the eyes of the younger by either
doing the forbidden, or pretending to.
I don't bring this up to minimize the potential for problem, but merely
to encourage all that are involved to be as objective as possible.
Emotions and accusations can fly and do much damage in this
kind of situation. And by all means, bring in outside help. The Troop
that had this problem brought in their commissioner, but even he
seemed to be too close to the problem. So - bring in as much
help as possible, and do a LOT of listening. And keep level heads!!
SM, T55, Downers Grove, IL
DesPlaines Valley Council
' . . . and a good old Bear too . . . '