Just sick – and California Scout Ryan Andresen’s main project was a “wall of tolerance.” (ABC):
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.
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.
“It was not his idea, it was mine,” she said.
His mom will appear on “Ellen” to discuss what happened. Ryan came out publicly in July by sending a letter to his troop declaring his support for another bullied scout.
The Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement: “The scout proactively notified his unit leadership and Eagle Scout consoler that he does not agree to the scouting’s principle of ‘duty to God’ and does not meet scouting’s membership standard on sexual orientation.”
Yes, and bullying does represent “duty to God.’ Here’s video from ABC: