[SCA-AE] Fwd: [see footer to join the "real" list] Digest Number 3812
c.mortika at gmail.com
Fri Jul 9 09:40:34 EDT 2010
You were kind enough to write:
> This rule was instituted so that there would be a way for
> minors to continue to attend A&S classes while adhering
> to the new rules about supervisory interactions between
> staff and minors at events -- rules that are to be applied
> across the entire Pennsic staff structure.
Extending the rule about Youth Officiers and Youth Activities, to the entire
interaction between *any* adult and young person participating in official
A&S activities, is the Pennsic staff's choice.
Is it also the case that teen-agers will not be allowed to, say, shoot
archery or visit a merchant's tent without an accompanying adult? I ask
because I fail to see a clear distinction between a teen-ager left alone in
a tent with a merchant, versus a teen-ager left inside a tent with an
(The archery situation is even worse, as archery marshals are officers,
unlike merchants or lecturers.)
> These new rules are in response to the changing legal climate since the
> Steward incident. There is more to it than just that, but like many others
> not at liberty to go into gory details (and I'm not the right person to do
> but if you think about it for a moment, these rules, if followed by
> will make such a situation essentially impossible in the future.
Then, really the teachers *do* need to enforce this policy, because they're
the responsible adult on the scene. (It's ludicrous to ask the parents to
enforce this, because they might have no idea their "on-her-own" daughter
has wandered from the merchant area into Pennsic University space.) I ask,
in all seriousness, what good is a policy that *no-one* enforces? It
strikes me as dishonorable, because it's expecting teachers to see people
violating site rules, and raise no protest.
As someone who lives far from Pennsylvania, I was not aware that the crimes
for which Ben the Steward plead guilty were committed at an SCA event.
Thank you for clarifying that.
I haven't seen the class list yet, so I don't know if there are any
instructors under the age of 18. Presumably, this policy would still apply
in that case?
Yours in all things good and proper,
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