Scouting Helps!

HelpZachary Pruner, a 12-year-old from New York, credits skills learned through Scouting for helping him act when a gunman entered his middle school.


Zachary, a student at Stissing Middle School in Pine Plains, N.Y., was in the school’s guidance office when a man entered carrying a long rifle. He spent two hours trapped under a desk before the SWAT team arrived. Zachary then got the attention of the SWAT captain and held a sign to the window that said: “One guy and four people inside, including me.” He knew to hold the sign because he has family in the Army and because of preparation through the Boy Scouts.


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