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He was the best of boys, he was the worst of boys...

Here's a description of a teenager from Atkinson, NH: 18, Eagle Scout, distinguished high school student, honored by town selectmen with a day named for him.

Here's another description of a teenager from Atkinson, NH: 18, vandal, exile from attending his high school graduation ceremony, defendant facing felony and misdemeanor charges.

The traditional irony would be if these two kids were buddies, or best friends, or brothers. But in this case, they're the same kid.

Timothy Ryan Murphy, 18, is a decorated Eagle Scout. His project, which won him Scouting's highest honor, was designing and building a reflection area at Atkinson Cemetery, and the town's selectmen chose to honor his achievement with a Timothy Ryan Murphy day last week.

Unfortunately, between finishing the project and his day of honor, Murphy allegedly went out cruising with some buddies and a BB gun. They "spirited youths" shot two pedestrians, numerous business windows, car windows, and buildings. The three teens are facing felony charges of reckless conduct and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief. They have also been suspended from school, and Murphy's diploma is in doubt.

Murphy, his father, and the selectmen had no comments.


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Comments (3)

You have to understand a fe... (Below threshold)
Jim:

You have to understand a few things. As an almost 30 year veteren of the Scout program, I'll tell you his Eagle project should never have been approved in the first place.

Read the article. his FATHER was both his scout leader (read scoutmaster) AND was in charge at the cemetary where his project was built. Somebody missed this key fact, because the project should have been rejected at the District level.

Finally, Eagle scouts like this are pushed very hard by their parents. When you add good grades, he was probably pushed real hard there as well. Thus peer pressure was all too easy to make him have bad choices.

Finally, who the **** got a day named after him for doing his Eagle Service Project? This is not part of the program either, and just shows that this kid was too well connected. And we see where it lead.

Do you know what the favori... (Below threshold)
Zsa Zsa:

Do you know what the favorite snack of the Eagle Scouts is?... ( Brownies!)

This seems like one of thos... (Below threshold)

This seems like one of those family Orobouros things - son and father have their heads up each other's respective.... You get the idea.




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