scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Tolerance -v- Reporting
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr (hammonddL@USWEST.NET
Sun Mar 19 2000 - 15:44:39 CST
Someone wrote to the list:
"We had a similar situation but the fellow was ACM. He was
not a drinker
but used profanity and beat his boy in public. He would do
uniform, in public settings, as well as at functions not
Several of leaders that worked more closely with him tried
him, that the way he was behaving and treating his child was
wrong. A few
parents had also spoke with him. Once he beat his child for
collapsing and pinching the little boy's finger. This was
longer than it should have been. This was not a positive
image for the
Scout program in our small community."
Not to cast aspersions, but this guy should probably not
have been "worked more closely with." He should have been
reported to the Scout Executive under the auspices of Youth
Protection reporting. The behavior described here is a
nearly classic example of physical and emotional abuse.
I appeal to all of those on the list to report this kind of
behavior and let the professionals investigate and
intervene. I believe that the potential damage to the guy's
reputation is far less than the potential damage to the
son. It is ALWAYS better to have an unsubstantiated
allegation than to have an unreported incident!
Yours in ScOUTing,
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr.
CM Pack 225 and Black Hills District Committee (and Youth
I used to be an Owl (W-CS-44) Working my Ticket
I have come to realize that there are two types of adults
involved in Scouts!
Those that act...
And those who find all the time in the world to drop off
their Scout for a meeting or camp!