DES MOINES, IA– The newest threat to border security is… Boy Scouts?
An Iowa Boy Scout troop’s adult chaperone says an innocent snapshot caused them all to be detained at the Canadian border for hours. One of scouts allegedly took a picture of a border patrol agent, which spurred agents to detain everyone in their car, search them, and their belongings.
“The agent immediately confiscated his camera and informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” Fox said.
And things got worse. Jim Fox, the chaperone, says that when a scout grabbed luggage from the top of their van to be searched.
“He hears a snap of a holster turns around and here is this agent both hands on a loaded pistol pointing at this young man`s head,” he said.
Luckily no one was hurt or arrested. Still, the whole debacle at the border took four hours. They were then allowed to continue on to their trip to Alaska.
Boy Scouts of America are trying to look on the bright side: they say this was an important lesson for the boys.
“We want to make sure they follow the rules,” a representative said. “A scout is a good citizen. It would be a great lesson in civics for that young man and that troop.”