Local parent claims discrimination from Cub Scouts organization

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB)- Rebecca Friot-Achtyl tells News 4 her son Dimitrios is devastated after being told he can’t return to his Cub Scouts pack.

The 8-year-old was recently asked to leave; according to the Cub Scouts, the boy was being aggressive and using inappropriate language.

“It really was preventing other boys from feeling that they could participate,” said Greater Niagara Frontier Council Scout Executive, Russell Etzenhouser.

Friot-Achtyl’s son has ADHD; she said at times, that can be a struggle but that overall, he gets along great with the rest of the pack.

She feels this is discrimination.

“I felt like they just didn’t take the time with him that they should have, because he’s not different from other kids, he just has this disability.”

When she got the call he couldn’t return, she was shocked.

Scout leaders told us they received several complaints from other parents about the boy.

“Early on his behavior had become a problem and the mother was informed that she needed to participate with her son, which is not entirely uncommon,” said Etzenhouser.

Friot-Achtyl did attend functions with her son. The behavior the organization describes, isn’t what she saw.

“He’s a normal typical boy, so no, I don’t think that’s right at all. And I was there every meeting. I was always involved in everything that happened. So it’s not right,” she said.

The 8-year-old hasn’t been kicked out of the organization; Etzenhouser said they’re willing to work with the family to find another pack to join, in hopes a fresh start could make some improvements.

“He could go to a different pack, however, as an 8-year-old, he’s very hurt. He wants to go back with his friend” Friot-Achtyl said.

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