scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: A pocket knife is a weapon...
John Wm. Unger (junger@ALPHA1.NET
Tue Mar 14 2000 - 08:06:25 CST
Gently explaining to the boy how he has become an innocent victim of
hysteria because of the unfortunate actions of others, helping him see that
even an innocent, but not well thought out, action can have consequences far
beyond what he expected, may be valuable. This would tie in well with other
things such as getting in a car with a "friend" who has been drinking, or
who is wanting to show off the speed of his wheels, etc. It may save his
life, in the long run, if he learns that unintended consequences can hit him
hard when he doesn't think things through.
Re-enforcement of his self-image is essential here, too. Letting him
know what he does that you are all proud of, giving him a hug to let him
know that you care, praying with him, send him a card occasionally, call him
up at those times when he may be lonely to let him know that you are
thinking of him. Is there a Scouter who has a job where the boy can help out
while he's not in school? Construction of some sort? That Scouter could be
a good re-enforcement of the Oath and Law in his daily work.
And maybe take some concerned parents and Scouters with you to the next
School Board meeting to explain that such policies do more harm than good.
Zero Tolerance does not excuse the school administration from using the
brains God gave them!
Advisor, Crew 99
Chaplain, Troop 114