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Gay Boy Scout, Bullied by Troop, Denied Eagle Rank
ABC News ^ | October 5, 2012

Posted on 10/05/2012 7:27:25 AM PDT by Zakeet

Ryan Andresen has spent a decade completing the requirements for the coveted Eagle Scout award, and now that he is just about turn 18 -- the cut-off date for attaining the highest honor -- his Boy Scout troop won't approve it because he is gay.

His project, a "tolerance wall," was inspired by the years of hazing he endured in middle school in Moraga, Calif., and later at Boy Scout summer camp, where his nicknames were "Tinkerbell" and "faggot."

"I had I had no idea what gay was at that point," said Andresen, who described hazing that included, among other rituals, having the word "fag" written in charcoal across his chest.

"It was really embarrassing and humiliating," he said. "And I was terrified."

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A senior and honors student who hopes to go the University of San Francisco, Ryan joined the Boy Scouts at age 6. "He just liked the outdoors and hiking," said Karen Andresen, 49.

Ryan came out to his parents when he was "around 16," said his mother. In July, he wrote a letter to the troop in response to a bullying incident and "thought he could help," disclosing he was gay.

But just this week the scoutmaster of Troop 212, Rainer Del Valle, refused to give the final signature on Ryan's project, one that he had initially approved, according to the Andresens.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: absolutemorals; boyscouts; gay; homosexualagenda; mediabias
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His project was a tolerance wall

1 posted on 10/05/2012 7:27:28 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Sounds more like an “accept and love me for my perversions” wall.


2 posted on 10/05/2012 7:31:07 AM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: Zakeet

Apparently this boy chose to ignore the “morally straight” part of Scouting.


3 posted on 10/05/2012 7:31:54 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Zakeet

Those are the rules. And if he informed his Scout leadership that he was gay two years ago then they should have removed him then.


4 posted on 10/05/2012 7:32:05 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Zakeet

I do not believe that a “tolerance wall” meets the minimal standards for an Eagle Scout Project.


5 posted on 10/05/2012 7:33:22 AM PDT by Angry_White_Man_Syndrome
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To: Zakeet

“After years of bullying, Ryan struggled with cutting and an eating disorder, according to his mother”

I have always believed homosexuality to be a mental disorder...and statements like this confirm it.


6 posted on 10/05/2012 7:34:23 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Zakeet

As an Assistant Scout Master (ASM), I have a hard time believing any bullying or hazing occurred. ASMs are trained to look for and put a stop to any hazing. Further, all adults on a camp out must attend and pass the training known as Youth Protection Training where the subject of the BSA zero tolerance for abuse of hazing of ANY kind.


7 posted on 10/05/2012 7:34:27 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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His mom, Karen Andresen, was so upset by the troops' decision that she posted a petition on Change.org that has topped more than 22,000 signatures.

His Mom? What does his Dad think? What? No Dad in the picture. Imagine that.

8 posted on 10/05/2012 7:36:03 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: taxcontrol

” As an Assistant Scout Master (ASM), I have a hard time believing any bullying or hazing occurred. “

I’m sure it didn’t. Somebody is coaching this kid.


9 posted on 10/05/2012 7:36:57 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Zakeet
"His project was a tolerance wall."

But there really wasn't anything he could do with fabrics or floral design.

10 posted on 10/05/2012 7:36:57 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Delhi Rebels
The kid wasn't queer when he began at age 6?? Who solicited him??

Just another queer looking for a payout!!!

11 posted on 10/05/2012 7:37:55 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: Zakeet

Utter, fabricated BS with the intended outcome of 15 minutes of fame.


12 posted on 10/05/2012 7:38:56 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Angry_White_Man_Syndrome
I do not believe that a “tolerance wall” meets the minimal standards for an Eagle Scout Project.

I was never in scouting but some of my friends were and got their eagle rank. That looks like a tiny fraction of what my friends did for their projects.

13 posted on 10/05/2012 7:39:29 AM PDT by KarlInOhio ("Government is the only thing that we all belong to"=implicit repeal of the 13th amendment for all.)
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To: Zakeet

The article says he joined boy scouts when he was 6. I thought you couldn’t join until you are 11. (I was an Eagle Scout myself).


14 posted on 10/05/2012 7:40:15 AM PDT by norcal joe
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To: lacrew

I agree....And who solicited him??? Of course these fags will never fess up because they’re totally messed up.


15 posted on 10/05/2012 7:40:46 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: lacrew

Eating disorder?? Like puking...Wow, there’s a surprise.


16 posted on 10/05/2012 7:41:36 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: Zakeet

Just another staged political attack against the Boy Scouts by intolerant. leftist haters.


17 posted on 10/05/2012 7:42:56 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: Zakeet

He spent 10 years trying to earn an award foe which he was ineligible. Too bad he never earned the “Read the eligibility requirements badge”.


18 posted on 10/05/2012 7:44:52 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (We won't stand for biased umps fixing a ball game but we allow a biased media to fix elections.)
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To: Zakeet
That's his "tolerance wall" in the above picture?

It looks stupid, like a third-grade project.

Yeah, I know, I'm intolerant.

19 posted on 10/05/2012 7:45:13 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Indep. Payment Advisory Board = "Death Panels")
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To: norcal joe

” I thought you couldn’t join until you are 11. (I was an Eagle Scout myself).”

I caught that too and I joined when I was 11, due to the rules but that was years ago and haven’t known of any rule change. Fag boy here is making out that he’s the victim yet smart people know that one bitchy minority ruins the majority.


20 posted on 10/05/2012 7:46:31 AM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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