scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: disciplinary dilemma - GSS?????
Bob Lazell (rlazell@QED.NET
Wed Jun 21 2000 - 21:43:19 CDT
> Avoiding the obvious questions regarding his parent(s), there seems to
> clear evidence to "suspect" abuse. She is an Adult, he is a minor child
> exhibiting knowledge inappropriate for his age
There is absolutely no way to ask this politely: What planet are you from?
Oh yes, very un-scout like, but them, I'm not a scout. I'm an adult trying
to Shepard young boys, or in this case of a sexually active 15 year old, a
young man, safely into adulthood. So, living here in this time and this
place, I realize that society at large and popular culture in particular has
not only encouraged this boy and girl to have sex, but, many many many, men
(yes, even among this august group of scouters) would (albeit secretly) if
given half a chance, slap him five and say "way to go".
If a "crime" has been committed we are all guilty, and to point a finger and
say "abuse is suspected" and "report" it to the SE, is the height of
hypocrisy. It is but another way of abandoning him; to wash our hands and
say we did the "right thing" when all we've done is dump him into a uncaring
Do we really want to hand him over to strangers who we fool ourselves into
believing will help him better than the loving group of friends and caring
adults that Scouting is supposed to be about?
I ask myself, and I would pray that you ask yourselves, what if he were my
SM Troop 127
Valley Cottage, NY