Girl Scout leader Stacy Hintz was fired after authorities discovered her support for her husband’s Web site, “Wisconsin Sickness.”
Apparently, in Wisconsin, if you want to pitch in with the Girl Scouts — as Stacy Hintz did, volunteering for years with her daughter’s troop and becoming a leader in the Southeast Wisconsin Girl Scouts — you’re not allowed to do anything the Scouts don’t like. Even if it’s on your own time.
Hintz was sacked after a fellow mom found out Hintz supports her husband’s Web site, Wisconsin Sickness, which features local heavy metal bands and celebrates popular horror fiction. A banner on the site, advertising the “Zombie Porn Star official t-shirt,” prompted one news outlet to proclaim, “Zombie porn and serial killers in Girl Scouts?”
Wisconsin Sickness is all about “bringing the independent, underground Wisconsin scene together,” according to the site. Perfectly acceptable entertainment for adults — and Hintz says she never showed the site to the girls in her troop. In fact, she had such a great record with the organization that shortly before the tattletale mom stepped forward, Hintz had been invited to represent Wisconsin at a national gathering of the Girl Scouts. But other leaders soon changed their tune:
Tracy Wayson, spokesperson for the Southeast Wisconsin Girl Scout branch, told the station that she disagrees, saying that Hintz’s personal life seeped into her duties.
“We didn’t look into her performance at all…That was not the focus of our fact finding mission,” Wayson told WTMJ.
“What we really need to step in on is when those personal activities seep into their role as a Girl Scout volunteer, and in this case, that’s what happened.”
Why would they ask Hintz to represent the state at a national Girl Scouts conference if her involvement with the Web site was “seeping into her role?”
Here’s what they said in their dismissal letter:
Following an internal review, we are reaffirming the notice of February 9, 2012 removing you from all of your volunteer positions with Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. This action is being taken due to violations of policy, including your endorsement, while in a Girl Scout capacity, of a website service that does not live up to the Girl Scout standards and principles.
Hintz says she was devastated to be asked to leave. The Milwaukee AV Club reports that Hintz’s co-leader stepped down and five girls were pulled from the troop after Hintz was booted.
Now, what the Girl Scouts are actually saying, in this instance, is that anyone who enjoys entertainment — horror fiction, zombie play-acting, heavy metal, etc. — that the Scouts find offensive can’t be involved with the Girl Scouts. And that may also mean their daughters can’t be involved, either.
The Girl Scouts “Blue Book” (PDF) provides bylaws, policies, and other information for Scout leaders, including this “promise” and “law”:
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
… they’re not exactly living up to either one, are they?