scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Scouter to Scout e-mail issue
Mick Cole (MicCCole@AOL.COM
Sat Jun 24 2000 - 12:51:00 CDT
In a message dated Sat, 24 Jun 2000 3:11:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Donna Davis-Daisley <Star5Mom@AOL.COM> writes <in part>:
<< Dear Listers-
I'm in a bit of a quandary, and hope to benefit from the wisdom of the List.
Would you be comfortable with this person serving with
youth? Was the original action from council appropriate or overreaction? I'd
appreciate your thoughts and suggestions!
I would not be the least bit comfortable. If anything, the initial council action was overly lenient, since it effectively condones what might well be criminal behavior. Under the circumstances, the "staffer" is lucky he was not summarily removed from Scouting.
Most SM's at some time face the extremely difficult task of dealing with behavior that is so far outside the boundaries of what is acceptable as to call for summary action. In my discussions with other scouters on this subject, I have discovered that at one time or another most of us have summarily removed someone from the troop, generally for matters relating to sex or drugs. This past year I summarily removed a popular 16-year old scout when I learned that he was boasting about his exploits as a drug dealer, that he had been seen by other scouts with marijuana in his possession at troop activities, and that he had been smoking marijuana by members of the troop (albeit not at troop activities). Within 24 hours after verifying the facts, I notified the scout that he was no longer a member of the troop. Such summary action may be seen as harsh and unfair, but in my opinion was absolutely essential to protect the integrity of the troop.
I urge you to stand your ground, and inform the council that, if anything, they are being far too lenient. This "adult" has no business working with youth.
SM, Troop 62