scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Eagle Scout Suspended for 'Weapons'
Wed May 24 2000 - 11:46:38 CDT
This should be a good wake-up for everyone! Our Scouts
can't be too careful in their school environments with
what we take for granted in a Troop or campout setting.
ASM, T55, Downers Grove, IL
' . . . and a good old Bear too . . . '
Eagle Scout Suspended for 'Weapons' .c The
Associated Press SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - An honors student and active Boy
Scout has been suspended from his high school for having an ax, a
pocketknife and a cellular phone in his car - objects banned from school
property. Brian Agnew, an Eagle Scout, was sent to the principal's office May
9 after school officials were tipped off to the items in his car. Brian said he
had used the ax the night before at a Boy Scout meeting, where he
demonstrated the proper handling of scouting tools. In his car's glove box,
there was a pocketknife his father gave him for advancing in scouting and a
cell phone for emergencies. The items are listed in the school's ``Student
Code of Conduct,'' which also stipulates that possession of such items
results in an automatic 10-day suspension and transfer to an alternative
school. An administrative panel then gave the teen-ager a long-term
suspension for possession of the ax and knife. Because the suspension will
extend through the summer, Brian won't be able to go to Washington, D.C.,
with the high school band and perform at a White House Bicentennial
celebration. He also might not be able to attend the Governor's Honors
program at Valdosta State University this summer. ``My son has suffered
enough. My family has suffered enough,'' said David Agnew, Brian's father.
``My son is being offered as sacrifice on the altar of policy.'' School officials
said they can't afford to be flexible with their weapons policies. ``We have
rules and regulations that are in print and we must abide by those guidelines,''
said Robert Gilbert, associate superintendent of schools.