scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: A pocket knife is a weapon...
Dale & Donna Buss (buss_family@HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 15 2000 - 08:46:39 CST
Glenn Close had this story:
"an unfortunate incident at a local elementary school. A scout (who was a
Webelos in my Cub Scout Pack a couple years back), took a pocket knife to
school (not a phi beta kappa move, but nonetheless, he did it).
Unfortunately, the local school district has a zero tolerance policy with
regards to weapons. So, long story short, when he displayed the pocket
knife to others at recess, school administration found out, and wham-o,
instant EXPLUSION from school!"
If this Webelos had his whittling chit, he should have been taught that you
do 1) Do not have your pocket knife without a parent's permission 2) A
pocket knife is not a toy. NOW having said that, this boys is an elementary
kid and a typical boy with a fascination to have his own pocketknife.
Regardless of what he may or may not have been taught, a momentary
digression in this kids brain has now caused him and his family untold
OUR PACK DOES NOT ALLOW POCKET KNIVES AT ANY TIME UNLESS A PARENT IS PRESENT
AND THEN THE PARENT MUST POSSESS IT. When we do the whittling chit, the
parent gives the knife to the boy and the boy returns it immediately after
the meeting. (Obviously, we do not do the whittling chit class at the
school.) After this story, I am going to emphasize this even more!
We outright tell the parents and scouts that many of our activities are held
at school and we just don't want to get anyone in trouble. They all seem to
understand. Let's use this story (as unfortunate as it is) as leaders to
get the point across to the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts NOT to carry their
pocket knives at all times. Maybe some good can come as a result of this
story and we can keep others from making the same mistake.
Donna S. Buss
Media, IL 61460
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