Two young local Boy Scouts learned this week that the way you dress can distract from your message.
The Scouts, who are working on a citizenship badge, spoke at the April 17 Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors public hearing on the budget. One of them was quoted in the Daily:
“If it takes a 12-year-old kid to come up here and tell you we don’t need a new jail and we need better education, then that’s pretty sad. Here I am, an A, B student in my school, and I have to come up to,” he said, pausing to count aloud, “nine people just to say we don’t need this new jail. Bye.”
The student’s statement prompted complaints that he was being disrespectful to the board, and a representative from the Scouts this week apologized to the board, saying the boys, who were in uniform, were not representing the Scouts.
It took a lot of courage for this pre-teen to speak out - and what has been reported that he said does not at all seem disrespectful. There are far too many adults who complain about something, but who would never step foot into a public meeting or participate in local government.
If this incident inspires you to attend a local government meeting to speak your mind, here’s one thing to remember - leave the uniform at home.